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Job application and interview unconventional tips Job application and interview unconventional tips
by Joseph Gatt
2021-01-15 10:13:46
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So you're one of those millions of people who lost their job. No worries, I'll provide you with tips that should (perhaps) get you the best job ever, next time you apply.

Tips in no particular order.

-First one, huge one, careful, careful, careful. A lot of companies are obsessed with their reputation, so obsessed with their reputation that all kinds of evils happen in those haunted castles.

job001-Companies obsessed with their reputation (which you want to avoid). How many times was I invited to a company, and think to myself “this can't be it.” Here's what happens. They have this huge tower on their website, a very fancy logo, impeccably-dressed staff in the pictures on the website. Everything looks spick and span. And then you go visit the company, they are located in a shithole, an old deteriorating house, filthy restrooms (this is a company!) and they haven't cleaned up the place for ages. As for those impeccably-dressed staffers in the pictures, in real life, they haven't changed or washed up in years, I would think.

-Point is, there are a lot of scams. A lot of companies will interview you outside the company location, in a neat building. They'll show up dressed up neatly to interview you. They will use a panel and ask you “difficult” questions. They will make it sound like they are hesitating to hire you. Maybe they'll bring a few other “actors” or “pacemakers” to make it sound like you're competing for the job. Then they try hard to get you to sign the contract. And on your first day on the job, you'll be thinking “this can't be it. We must be at some client's company. This can't be the company a signed a contract to work at.”

-Pitfalls to watch out for. The devil is in the details as they say. During the job interview, make sure 80% of the questions deal with the following: your skills, your education and your work experience.

-I say the devil is in the details because a lot of job scams involve companies asking “indirect” or “euphemistic” or “cryptic” questions during the job interview. They will expect either “naive” answers or “cryptic” answers.

-Job scams are not just about filthy companies with filthy restrooms and employees who don't shower. A lot of the stuff they deal with is also very shady. They tend to have a culture of lies and coded messages and masking the truth.

-Working with shady companies is  not just stupid, it's dangerous. It could land you in legal trouble. Some people are serving lengthy jail terms simply because they worked at some shady company, where the front was “a company that sells paint” when what the company really produced was crystal meth or cocaine or something.

-In sum, with the state of the current economy, and a recession even worse than 1929, perhaps the worst recession ever. Watch out for scams.

-Other tips. Keep your resume simple. Resume should include work experience, skills, degrees, and nothing else. Only include the following: name of university, major (s), name of workplace, job title (s) and number of years spent at the company. And “real” skills (languages, computer skills, software you're comfortable using or other techniques that you master). Keep it to the point, and the good companies will read through your resume that you're the kind of guy/girl who goes straight to the point.

-In times of recession and economic restructuring it's always good to know that almost every company will have a “startup” like environment. So you want to show that you have ideas that you are willing to try new things, that you can think in abstract and concrete terms, and that you can lead projects, or work with teams on projects.

-Careful if they “shut you up.” Companies will try to shut you up for two reasons. Either they are paranoid about you discussing your pay and work conditions (which is a sign that they are not focused on the mission) or there's a culture of secretiveness (and secretiveness usually means everything happens behind your back, and there's a lot of backstabbing). In sum, if they're shutting you up, get the hell out of there and get a real job.

-Don't be desperate or look desperate when looking for a job. What I would recommend if you lack self-confidence is that you try to get an internship or volunteer for about a month or two. Work with different people, get “your feet wet” that way you'll be “familiar with the waters” that is you'll know what waking up in the morning and going to work and getting work done involves. That should boost your self-confidence.

-Companies (especially struggling companies) love hiring desperate people. Desperate people will do anything to get the job and stay on the job, including illegal stuff, including caving in to sexual favors and what not. In sum, don't look desperate, and always make it sound like you are in control and know what you're doing.

-Finally, if your colleagues on the job are focused on their tasks, I'd predict, in fortune teller fashion, that you have a bright future at your company. If most conversation is about tasks and completing tasks, you should be there 10 years from now.

-If most conversation is about office politics, gossip, mockery and backstabbing, I mean gossip is fun, but I predict next year you'll either be at home applying for jobs or working at some other company. When conversation centers around gossip, it never says anything good about the company's future, or about your future at the company.

-Same could be said about governments. I used to collaborate with this government where it was all gossip and no conversation about getting work done and completing tasks. That government is on the verge of collapse.  The United Nations also started a culture of gossip rather than getting work done, and people no longer call it the United Nations, people now call it the “Useless Nations.”

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