OK, what you said: "A couple I certainly wouldn't even ask. Nor would I answer them. What is your greatest strength? Who cares, everyone expects this and practices an answer, it is hardly an accurate way to qualify an employee. "
I disagree with that, asking what someone's greatest strength is has potential, it's open-ended and many people aren't ready for it. I must have phrased what I was saying wrong, sorry, it was a very long post by the end. I like the open ended part, I like not leading by the nose or asking specifics, I like getting someone to open up and show me what they're like and giving them an opportunity to really take advantage of that opening. And PS, you wouldn't answer that question? Really? You would trek all the way to an interview, do all of your pre-work to get there, your contacts have now passed on your name on the basis of their reputation, and you wouldn't answer a question that you didn't like?
That could be a legitimate problem, how do you avoid a question you don't want to answer in an interview, but you still have to look good doing it?
But about the %20, yep, I've seen that before.
Great point, it works to call and make contacts. As for my job offers, they did not result from the contacts I initiated, but from applications through sites, etc. Through those apps I am very happily situated, with room for growth and plenty of responsibility and freedom. It just so happened that the "%20" was much much much more beneficial to me, and is also the pool that I pull from now. I can't speak about the contact method, it's not something I've had very much success at, and I'm not in an area that will work in, I'm federally funded (it happens, but I don't have to like it). Though I can certainly describe the clammy hands and nerves .
The contact method has it's downside as well. I'm not happy when I'm handed someone's name from some manager, friend of a friend, who might be a good match for this position I have open. That is pressure from my mgr that I don't like, illegal for me to give them consideration over others, and if that person by some hand of god intervention gets hired to work for me I am going to make them prove they were worth it, and prove it for a very long time. (Yep, little bitter here, nothing personal, I've been in this situation.)
Whoever is job hunting and happens across this post has access to allll of this stuff, not just from you and me but pretty much everywhere on the internet. There are a lot of people who post on TR asking just for a place to get started, somewhere to begin the process, and I thought this posting was a good place to chime in. I gave one way, and now you did too. Beneficial for someone I hope, they are now completely prepared for ... a me or a you.
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