career-tools

Answering Wacky Questions

Trick questions, such as 'how many baseballs does it take to fill a jumbo jet' seem to be less fashionable than they once were. Perhaps everyone has realized how ineffective they are. In case you are presented with a hiring manager who has not here is how to answer them.


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When To Ask For A Pay Rise

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • When should I ask for a pay rise?
  • What do I need to do to get a pay rise?
  • What should I not tell my manager about getting a pay rise?

Our guidance on when to ask for a pay rise.

Pay is one of the universal tensions when working for someone else. We're never paid enough. We know our boss has power to change that. Asking for more is fraught with difficulty. Who knows what our boss will do? He might give us the raise we want. On the other hand he might take revenge for us even asking. We're going to cover this topic step by step. First, when to ask.


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Work, Family And Social Media

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What can I post on social media?
  • What are different social media sites for?
  • What can’t I post on social media?

Our guidance on how to separate work, family and social media.

What you should and should not post on different social media sites is pretty controversial. Many believe in authenticity and believe you should be able to post whatever you want. We believe in authenticity (after all, you can't not be yourself), but we also believe in being smart. Here are our recommendations.


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18 Month Rule Of Promotions

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How soon can I be promoted?
  • What do I need to do to be promoted?
  • What do I do when passed over for promotion?

Our guidance on when to start thinking about being promoted.

Promotions are one of the black boxes of the workplace. We see other people being promoted, or people coming into our organization as a promotion, and we draw all sorts of conclusions about when and how we should be promoted, and how much of a raise we should get. In this cast, we'll try and demystify at least one part of the promotions process.


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Completing Self-Appraisals

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I complete a self-appraisal?
  • What scores should I give myself on a self-appraisal?
  • What information do I need to complete a self-appraisal?

Our guidance on completing self-appraisals.

Whether your company does appraisals on the anniversary of your start date, or at the end of the year, it's common that you have to give yourself an appraisal too. And, we can tie ourselves in knots with what score we should give ourselves. In this cast, we're going to tell you.


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Interviewing For Your Own Job

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I interview for my own job?
  • I'm interviewing with my current manager - what should I do differently?
  • Do I have to wear a suit for an internal interview?

Our guidance on interviewing for your own job.

Interviewing for your own job - that is, having to interview for the job you're already doing, often with the same manager - is not common. It happens most often in mergers or acquisitions when companies need to reduce the numbers in their workforce, and they have two teams of people with the same skills. It also happens relatively often in the public sector, as a product of the 'fairness' principle which the public sector often puts ahead of other considerations. If you're in this position, what do you do?


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Choosing A Company To Work For - Chapter 6 - Opportunities (Part 2)

The conclusion of our podcast on choosing a company to work for based on the opportunities available.

When we're fed up at work and looking idly for jobs, or when we've become unemployed, we can't imagine choosing a company. We just want to get out, and anything will do. Smart people though, take time to think about the companies they could work for and why some of those may be better or worse. Then they set about cultivating contacts at that company. In this series, we're reviewing the factors to consider. We've already covered compensation, values, industry stability and reputation. In this cast we'll cover opportunities.


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Choosing A Company To Work For - Chapter 6 - Opportunities (Part 1)

The sixth part of our series on choosing a company to work for: the opportunities available.

When we're fed up at work and looking idly for jobs, or when we've become unemployed, we can't imagine choosing a company. We just want to get out, and anything will do. Smart people though, take time to think about the companies they could work for and why some of those may be better or worse. Then they set about cultivating contacts at that company. In this series, we're reviewing the factors to consider. We've already covered compensation, values, industry stability and reputation. In this cast we'll cover opportunities.


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Covering For A Colleague – Chapter 3 - Their Return

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I hand someone’s job back to them?
  • What information do I need to hand over?
  • What’s the best way to do a handover?

Our guidance on dealing with your colleague's return when you've been covering for them.

You've been covering for your colleague while they were lucky to be sunning themselves on a beach somewhere. Now they're back, you just leave the paperwork on their desk and walk away, right? Wrong.


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Sunday Evening Planning

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I ensure my work week is effective?
  • How do I prevent time management problems?
  • How do I prevent work/life balance problems?

Our guidance on what you do on Sunday to make your work week effective.

We all know about Sunday evening dread - the feeling that you really don't want to go to work on Monday. If you're in that position, you need to be looking for a new role. If not, and you want to make your week as effective as possible, you need to spend 45 minutes on a Sunday night preparing for the week.


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