The article had some points that I agree and those that I disagree. I find it funny that honesty is not the perquisite for what an employer is looking for in an applicant. Point of dont ask about advancement during an interview? Everyone leaves a job for more advancement, more money, or a better environment that's why your there. Inquiring about an extended future within the company, to me displays interest that you will stay for mutual benefit and strive to progress rather than sit like a bump on a log for life or leave to soon. I know its the game but if the hiring manager really wants quality it starts with honesty, any job can be learned with the proper guidance. The problem with today is everyone doesnt want to reciprocate because there is no trust in business it what can you do for me and everyone has bought in to many rediculous mantras that are unrealistic.
If the employer asks what you want to make or your expectations of the job, then what? Every job I have applied for clearly has a box that states how much? Lately almost all applications are online on a website that you must put a dollar amount and cannot leave it blank. If they called you to meet then they were prepared to meet your salary demands.
The thank you note is a good idea but how exactly to you mail them without coming off creepy? I always do a follow up call to thank them for the opprotunity and any feedback what I could have done better to engage them in further dialog for consistancy of character. It is important to show interest not indifference when applying.
I do agree with the common sense stuff and it wasnt a bad article. I wish the article dealt with more effective communication skills (voice modulation), appearance, hand gesturing/eye contact, or resume highlights.
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