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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:57 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:13 pm 
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Yay! Good luck! Let us know how it goes...I wish I had additional advice, but best wishes!

Also, further up this thread there was a discussion of calling places back about job applications. I had applied to a place in October and hadn't heard back, so I called on Friday after reading all the comments here, and they said they hadn't responded to anyone yet but that I would definitely hear something in January! I am so glad I called...this is my dream job. Working at a place that helps kids living with people other than parents who are involved with the court system in some way and advocating for them outside of the abilities of the court. so excited.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:19 pm 
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people actually ask the strengths/weaknesses question? I always just thought that was kind of an in-joke/movie cliche

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:27 pm 
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joshua wrote:
people actually ask the strengths/weaknesses question? I always just thought that was kind of an in-joke/movie cliche


Oh, no, it definitely gets asked. We ask all kinds of weird questions too.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:30 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:32 pm 
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joshua wrote:
people actually ask the strengths/weaknesses question? I always just thought that was kind of an in-joke/movie cliche


Oh, no, it definitely gets asked. We ask all kinds of weird questions too.


same, literally every time.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:36 pm 
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IJDI! You are brilliant and capable and you are going to do wonderfully!

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 Post subject: Re: Space to post things that do not go with any other topic
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:39 pm 
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I've been in a funk this past week, and as a result did not do the grocery shopping or clean my kitchen, meaning I have to pick up lunch somewhere. I could have made a pb&j, but I really need to scour the kitchen before I feel like even being in there. I was a total bum this weekend. I didn't change out of the pajamas I put on Friday night until this morning.

That being said, why is it so hard to find a vegan salad? Ha! I mean, right? I'm probably going to go to Panera and get soup and salad, and each salad has some kind of meat and cheese. Although the turkey harvest salad without turkey or gorgonzola still has pecans and pears, which I think will be delightful.

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 Post subject: Re: Space to post things that do not go with any other topic
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:59 pm 
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just finished my interview! it was SUPER preliminary, so no strengths weaknesses or anything like that. she just asked me to tell her about one of my internship rotations that was relevant to this job. I think i was all like "i really love working with seniors!" instead of telling her the details of what I actually did. she tried to prompt me for more details, but ugh, this internship was over a year ago, so I couldn't remember too many specifics. But it seemed like it went ok. I should hear by friday if I have an interview with the manager.

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 Post subject: Re: Space to post things that do not go with any other topic
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:01 pm 
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huh, wow. do they that get asked everywhere? or only larger places that have HR departments and layers of bureaucracy etc?

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Glad it went well! Good luck!


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Yep--every single teaching interview EVER asks the weakness question. I always say that I am naturally disorganized so I have to invent creative, effective organization schemes, then I give examples of how I keep various things and myself organized. I also spin this as a strength in terms of helping high school students get themselves organized, since I can relate.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:07 pm 
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I've always been asked the strengths and weaknesses question. I usually say that my weakness is that I'm a perfectionist--HA!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:13 pm 
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Yeah, every single job interview I've had has asked the strength weaknesses. I've only had 1 job interview with an HR person, the rest were managers so its not an HR thing, its a manager thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Space to post things that do not go with any other topic
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:34 pm 
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I definitely expect that if I get an interview with the manager they will ask me that. i gotta try to remember actual details from my internship last september! that's tough!

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Yeah, its best to jot down a few notes and what not on your internships. Also, even if you don't get a job or like the job, the interview practice is a good thing.

I've met you though, I think you'd kick butt.

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Thank you! I'm also trying to remember that just because it's my first job, I don't have to take the first job I'm accepted for if I don't like the environment or whatever. The interview practice is definitely good.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:49 pm 
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I have a Q.

I keep a database for my work where everyone is listed last name, first name. When someone is a junior are they supposed to be listed like "Ross, Bob Jr." or...I'm having trouble coming up with another way to list their name that doesn't look inaccurate. Are you just supposed to leave it out? Why can't we just stop this stupid naming after trend anyway? It really gums up the works, guys.

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Or I guess it's Ross Jr., Bob

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That doesn't even LOOK right.

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I looked in our database and its lastname jr/sr/whatever, firstname middleinitial

Whatever you do, it just has to be consistent.

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i don't know about databases, but in reference lists with the format "last name, first name" or "last name, initials," the norm is Ross, Bob, Jr.

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joshua wrote:
huh, wow. do they that get asked everywhere? or only larger places that have HR departments and layers of bureaucracy etc?

Every single place ever.

And it's absolutely, always, every time, a bullshiitake answer spun to be positive.

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On the weaknesses thing.... a manager once asked me am I possibly sometimes "too facilitating." Spot on missus. Very diplomatic way of saying I'm a walkover because I would rather kill myself working too hard than have someone say something bad of me. This manager meant it in the nicest way possible by pointing it out that way.

Loving my new job. Had a bit of a bonding session with one of the girls today. Was telling her all about the bullying in the last place. She was horrified.

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My cousin is living in her first area with snow, she moved to MA. I tried to post some tips/tricks for her on FB but I made so many mistakes the first few years of living in an area with snow, I don't think I can capture them all. My biggest tip/trick is not to pour hot water on a cold sidewalk. It seems like a really good idea but then it isn't.

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