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my job seeking advice [Dec. 17th, 2011|03:54 pm]
We have an open position at our busiest office. I interviewed about 10 people over the phone, and brought four in for in-person interviews yesterday. Of the first 10, 6 did not make the cut because of a mix of:

1. Negativity. Don’t badmouth your old job or your old boss. One badmouthed a doctor she used to work for who happens to be boys with one of my associate doctors. Don’t complain about patients or customers. Negativity just shows immaturity and inappropriateness overall, but the world is also really small.

2. Too much personal life blabbing. A little bit that is lighthearted/funny/relating is fine, but I don’t need to hear about all of your troubles and problems and sagas. I know its hard out there, but again just not appropriate and makes you sound unreliable.

3. Too demanding. We can talk about the salary/vacation time/hours when you get an in-person interview or an offer. I want to know what you can offer us, not what you want from us. These are valid questions, but just not right away in the first phone call.

4. One word/super short answers. I am trying to get a read on you. When I ask, “What are you looking for in your next job? What is important you, either concrete or abstract?” don’t say “hours.”

All of that said, the people that I DID bring in for interviews weren’t total kiss-up robots. One was really funny. One was a little tougher. All showed that they can see the big picture, they can relate to people that they are working with and serving. They can see the world beyond themselves. They also had good concrete answers to how they have/would resolve problems. These answers and ideas don’t have to be specific to the job at hand, every position is different and most people can be taught the details. What I look for is someone who can be enjoyable and relate-able to a wide range of people, is flexible/can think on their feet, and won’t cause problems inter-personally. It’s that simple.
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Writer's Block: Everything's coming up rabbits [Feb. 3rd, 2011|06:28 pm]

What sign were you born under in the Chinese lunar calendar? Do you think it accurately represents your animal spirit?

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I am a fire snake on the cusp of water.

FIRE SNAKE - 1857, 1917, 1977

An intense and masterful Snake. Active in mind and body, he performs energetically. Fire added to the already imposing Snake personality can give him great public appeal and charisma. He exudes confidence and the ability to lead. People will vote for this type of person if he chooses to go into politics.
Although he may hold open forums to solicit or assess the views of the majority, the Fire Snake is terribly suspicious by nature and has total faith only in himself. He is too quick to censure and to condemn. Sometimes he insulates himself with a closed circle of friends and advisors, thereby isolating himself without knowing it. His strong, almost maniacal desire for fame, money and power will make him insist on concrete results. Persevering and uncompromising, he sets his sights on the highest goals and once he gets to the top, he will cling to power indefinitely.
The Fire Snake is the most sensual, fervent and jealous kind of Snake. He will display excessive love or hate and be very preoccupied with himself.

WATER SNAKE - 1893, 1953, 2013

Just as water seeps through practically any barrier, so will a Snake born in its year wield encompassing influence through his profound insight.
This unassailable Snake is gifted with strong charisma and an inquisitive nature. Shrewd, business-minded and materialistic, the Water Snake possesses great mental abilities and powers of concentration. He can block out distraction, and brush aside unimportant issues for effective overall planning. He never loses sight of his goals or gets out of touch with reality.
Artistic and well-read, the intellectual Water Snake is also practical. He is adept at managing people as well as finances. While he may assume an unperturbed appearance, in actuality this particular Snake person has a long memory and harbors lifetime grudges. He could have the patience of Job combined with the bite of a King Cobra.
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LOVE [Jan. 26th, 2011|09:11 pm]
Dior (John Galliano) spring 2011 Haute Couture

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Bob Marley [Sep. 27th, 2010|02:40 pm]

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Monkeys & kittens!!! [Aug. 26th, 2010|12:04 pm]

I hope you all have seen the monkey taking care of a kitten in Bali.

Googling that story to post it turned up a bunch of other photos of monkeys with kittens in Bali!!! I am going to give myself a cuteness hernia if I don't stop soon!!!

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link time [Aug. 17th, 2010|02:44 pm]
Books, movies and TV shows about travel and food?

Did you know that Theo from the Lunachicks now has a make-up company? If you did know, why didn't you tell me???

Vegetarian restaurant reccomendations for NYC

Great travel photos and stories

Just Hungry, a Japanese food blog.
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(no subject) [Jul. 1st, 2010|05:04 pm]
  • This entry on Bread and Jam made me smile.

  • 101 fast recipes for grilling

  • And from last summer, 101 simple salads for the season.
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    garden 2010 [Jun. 15th, 2010|10:21 am]

    more...Collapse )
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    let's get in the mood for Hukilau! [Jun. 8th, 2010|03:01 pm]

    Ann Miller is the best!

    Awesome set of vintage swimwear photos
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    what to make for dinner [Apr. 21st, 2010|02:05 pm]
    This pad thai recipe looks good

    A recipe for vegetarian fish sauce

    12 modern breakfast casseroles, I totally want to have a brunch pot luck
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