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10/04/13
Watch-outs. 47. Civility, Email times and New Hire suggestions
Filed under: Position Searching, First Year on Job, Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:01 pm

Three topics that may help you respond to interview
behavioral questions, know when to send emails,
and understand significant questions to ask when
first starting a new job are highlighted.  Have you
ever gone into an interview and been asked:
“Describe a situation where you had a conflict with
someone, or your boss.  What did you do?”  Or:
“What do you dislike or wish could be changed at
your current or previous position or situation?”

Did you ever think through the best times and days
we should send emails, if we wish a response?”

What are essential questions to ask when you first
start at a new position?

CONFLICT RESOLUTION
SOURCE:  R. Feintseig, WSJ 8-28-13, p. B6
When co-workers don’t play nice.”
The article states that uncivil behavior is a
significant factor in unhappiness at work, low productivity,
and people moving on.  Pier Forni has been cited
several times in this blog for his pointing out the critical
nature of civility in human interactions and how we might
behave toward others.  This article adds at least one new
practical rule of thumb: 
the 10/5 rule
:  Within 10 feet acknowledge a person;
                           5 feet, say hello. 
Other thoughts that may help with responding to the
conflict resolution interview questions are suggested
in this article.

EMAIL SENDING TIMING
SOURCE:  J. Cummings, CareerHub,  10-1-13
Based on “click to open” data, she suggests better
times to send Job Search emails are:  6am-10, noon
-2pm, and 7pm-10 on Thursday and early Monday.
Avoid overnight, lunch and dinner time hours.

Who would have guessed?

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN NEW TO A POSITION
SOURCE:  A. Sklover, SkloverWorkingWisdom, 10-1-13
Al Sklover provides something few can match.  This time
he provides professionals sage advice on what to ask for
when you begin a job, including:
- copies of all documents you signed,
- employee handbook and rules, regulations and contacts
 about benefits
- policies and procedures for payroll, expense reporting,
 vacations,
- written plans for employee assistance, severance, bonus,
 401K, and even non-compete agreements if requested to
 sign.

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