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UPDATED NEW QUOTE BY ULDIS SPROGIS 1515!!!

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8 QUESTIONS TO ASK STRANGERS IF YOU WANT TO GET FRIENDLY!!!

Click on this link to read the article which appeared in forbes.com from the Harvard Business Review by Remy Blumenfeld.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/remyblumenfeld/2019/08/18/8-top-networking-questions-from-harvard-business-review/#7a55c64e5537

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SOCIALIST IDEOLOGY, THE NEW OPPRESSIVE STATE RELIGION!!!

Traditional religion in the west is dying fast and is being replaced by a left wing, progressive, or socialist ideology which is really very much like the oppressive state religion or theocracy of the past with it’s own modern inquisitions and persecutions of heretics or disbelievers. The oppression is in the form of censorship, blacklisting, and financial ruin for all those dissenting from the orthodox beliefs of socialist ideology.

Collectivist rights are running roughshod over individual rights and the concept of private property, individual responsibility, individual secular morality, moral or ethical free speech, and the right of free association with humans that you trust and want to be with. Collectivist distribution of wealth is being forced without considering the morality, personal effort, ability, and health of the recipients. The clear line between a worthy moral individual and an immoral unworthy individual is being blurred and thus the numbers of immoral individuals is growing at an alarming rate with sick, drugged, promiscuous, mentally ill, and socially dysfunctional individuals becoming increasingly abundant. Wholesome family life, financial responsibility, and moral responsibility is rapidly declining and society is fast becoming a very depressing chaotic confiscatory ideological state.

Perhaps we need here an explanation of what I believe is the difference between free speech and moral or ethical free speech. True free speech is being able to print and state falsehoods about humans such as “he is an alcoholic, rapist, racist, pedophile, drug addict, liar, thief, adulterer, murderer, etc.” and say so publicly also. Obviously false lies, insults, name calling, put downs, humiliation, and ridicule can destroy a human’s public reputation and civility disappears from the political arena. Libel, slander, and violent threats should be unacceptable morally and speech can therefore be immoral or unethical. Moral or ethical free speech is limiting allowable public and printed speech such that a minimum of lies, deceit, and criminal promotion exist within society.

Morality or acceptable ethical principles are not explicitly stated in the U. S. constitution and it is time to include some ethical or moral principles in the constitution. A good beginning would be to change free speech to moral or ethical free speech. A secular moral or ethical code would also be advisable to explicitly state in the constitution and officially make the country a secular ethical theocracy or ideology to replace dying religious moralities.

A nation can’t exist without a commonly held secular morality or ethics unless it is a tyranny governed by laws and the use of coercive force such as in a communist tyranny. A democratic republic can’t long exist without a moral or ethical foundation which is more fundamental than a propagandized socialist ideology that is unjust in it’s realistic applications and runs roughshod over individual rights which permit responsible financially independent individuals and families to exist.

I end with my own recommendation for a secular moral or ethical code which is- in non emergency situations- don’t destroy biodiversity, don’t lie, don’t be inefficient, don’t steal, don’t commit adultery if married, and don’t murder. This secular code should be taught to all impressionable young minds in elementary school in detail so that by the age of about 13 most will know what behavior is morally or ethically acceptable and what behavior is morally or ethically unacceptable. Yes, there are some real life exceptions to any absolute moral or ethical code but mature adults will understand and accept the relatively few exceptions to what seems like an absolute secular moral or ethical code.

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SOME 29 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKED!!!

Businesswomen are meeting and human resources interviewing in the company office

Tell me a little about yourself.

If you are trying to land your first full or part time job then you should start out by saying that you want a job which currently fits your qualifications and interests and then proceed to say what interests you about the job and give examples from your life so far which should qualify you for the position.

If you have a job history which is diverse without a unifying theme then state that the job is your current interest and why you would be qualified for it based on your current skill set derived from prior job experiences and acquired education which may be selfeducation.

If you have a job history in basically the same field of interest then you can state that the job will advance you in your field of interest as the next step towards your goals in the field of interest. You can also mention what your qualifications for the job position are.

Unless the employer specifically asks for personal details it is best to stay focused on landing the job and giving enough convincing evidence or arguments why you want the job and are qualified for it with real life examples, experiences, and activities.

How did you find out about this job?

Standard answers are the internet, employee of the company, friend or acquaintance, and personal interest.

What do you know about this company?

You can start off by saying it has a good reputation and probably a good place to work. Then after researching the company find out who owns it, who a happy employee might be, that you are interested in the information, products, and services sold or offered by the organization, and whether it is a growing company or a well established firm with a good public reputation.

Why do you want this job?

If you are an entry level assembly line worker then you can admit that you need the money but you should probably say that the job interests you and that you are qualified for it by giving real life examples from your past.

If it is not an entry level position then you can state that you are impressed by the good public reputation that the company has and that you think it will help your career development progress. Basically you are very interested in the company and you feel that you can contribute to it’s success with your qualifications and smart hard work.

What are you passionate about?

You should be passionate about your career choice which should include the job that you are applying for but you can also include some hobbies or non work pastimes which you are passionate about.

Why should we hire you?

You are very interested in the job and qualified for it. Give real life examples of your qualifications based on prior job experience, skills, education which may be self education, and people or social skills.

What are your strengths?

Smart hard worker, punctual, dependable, competent, friendly, empathetic, caring, attention to detail, etc.

What are your weaknesses?

Try not to specify your social weaknesses unless it is a statement that you wish you were a little more extroverted than introverted. I suppose you could also say that at times I am a little too serious and don’t find some things that funny. Give some relatively unimportant examples of this seriousness.

For a position as a sous chef you can simply say that you are not that good at filleting fish or that there is some skill that you want to be better at.

What is your greatest job achievement?

Choose a problem which needed a solution that you solved. Give an example of advice you gave your boss which was taken with satisfactory results. If a member of a team give an example of how your work contributed to a successful team effort. And if you managed a team or a department give an example of a successful team effort or a successful department partial or full reorganization effort.

What problem did you solve which needed solving?

What do you see yourself doing five years from now?

Hopefully it is doing something in the company which you will be working for but it could also be taking some time off to get some useful education to further your career.

What are your goals for the future?

What is your dream job?

Why are you leaving your current job?

Not challenging enough, no room for much advancement, and better salary are all valid answers. Try staying away from severely criticizing a former boss although a toxic work environment could be a valid reason if many employees were leaving because of a poorly managed work environment or some toxic individuals which were not fired and became a huge liability for the company.

Is there anything which makes you unique?

This question is rarely asked but if it is then you can say that you are a little different from other humans but will probably never be as unique as Michael Jackson or Einstein.

Have you gotten angry at work? What happened?

If you mostly work alone then you can pick an example of a time when you got angry at yourself for a mistake or not meeting a deadline.

What have you learned from your mistakes?

Don’t make too many of them or don’t make any serious mistakes or you can get into a lot of trouble with your boss.

What did you like most about your past position?

What did you like least about your past position?

Reasons for leaving the current job are probably also the things which you liked least about your past position.

Why were you fired?

Why did you quit your job?

Reasons for leaving the current job are probably also the things which you liked least about your past position and why you quit.

What’s your management style?

What’s a time when you disagreed with a decision made at work?

How would your boss and coworkers describe you?

Why was there a gap in your employment?

What do you like to do outside of work?

Do you plan to have children?

Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?

Give some examples of teamwork.

Finally, prepping for an interview is always good but remember to be yourself and answer as truthfully as possible and rather spontaneously. If you don’t know what to say or what to answer instantaneously then the best response is to say- I will have to think about this and answer later. This way your true personality will shine through and it should not be pretentious or contrived. If you try to hide a shitty personality and are unqualified for the job then chances are you will get fired from the job anyway sooner or later.

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THE COMPLEXITY OF FINDING RELEVANT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS TO ASK!!!

What is not so obvious is that interview questions which you can ask will vary depending on the type of job you are applying for, your personal job experiences, your age, your ultimate job goals, and your introverted or extroverted personality or your social skills.

It should be obvious that a well defined rather limited skill job such as a cashier, truck driver, lawn mower, waiter, fast food preparer, security guard, etc. is much different than a programming, web designer, engineer, or other high skilled job situation. The former job position is highly replaceable and often an entry job position and the latter requires a considerable amount of useful education and skills to even be considered for the job position. So complexity of the job type is an important consideration when asking interview questions.

An important distinction is that of a managerial position and one that is not. Management positions usually require that you have spent some time working in the specialties which you are managing. Secondarily management positions require people, social, or emotional intelligence skills which are more important in managerial roles. It is also important if you are merely a boss or supervisor managing a handful of employees or one managing 50 employees or more. Managing departments with many employees of varied skills is also much different than managing a team of specialists or being a group leader.

Finally your personal job experience, education, age, and ultimate job goals will determine if you are a good candidate for a job and the questions which you ask will depend on these factors.

If you have no job experience, are a high school dropout, have poor social skills or are a bad conversationalist, and show up with poor hygiene, hair uncombed, and torn clothes then your chances of landing an entry level job or higher are minimal.

If you are a high school graduate, smile, have a good personality which shows during a conversation, have a neat appearance, have good grades and have been busy with many extra curricular activities in school, have interesting hobbies, have mowed lawns, washed cars, taken care of younger siblings, and generally actively done things then your chances of getting an entry level job are pretty good if there is an opening in the first place. Of course it helps if you have a recommendation or reference from an employee who already works there successfully. An appropriately written resume can also help, especially in the age of internet applications.

Some appropriate interview questions which can be asked for an entry level job are-

Will it be a full or part time job?

What days will I work?

What time does the work begin and end?

What is my hourly pay?

Who will be my boss or supervisor?

How long has my boss or supervisor worked there?

Do I have to pay for uniforms?

Is there a dress code?

For a sales position you can ask- Is it a commission basis only or is there an hourly wage too? and for a waiter or waitress position you can ask- What is the approximate daily tip amount?

If you are ambitious and want to move up the company ladder then it might be wise to find out if it is a growing company or business or one which is well established with little turnover in managerial staff. Try choosing the growing company because it is more probable that there will be open positions to move up.

Some interview questions which might be appropriate are-

What is the average time that you have to work here successfully before you get a promotion or pay raise?

How long has my manager worked here?

Do you have any on the job training or a mentor system?

In how many states do you have branches in?

Do you have any problem departments which need improvement?

Approximately what percentage of your managers are from internal promotions and what percentage are hired from other companies?

Does the company provide health insurance?

What are some company perks or personal benefits?

What job functions are you planning to computerize in the near future?

In almost any job opening it is important to know what skills are necessary for the job and how well your job skills and experience address the responsibilities with which you will have to deal with. Nothing is more convincing than using your personal job experience and translating it into solving a job opening problem at a new company.

If it is specialty skills which are required then having used those specialty skills successfully in another job is a big plus. If it is managerial skills that are dominant then it is a big plus to have successfully managed at another successful company. If you have proven yourself with one or more companies successfully then it is much easier to sell yourself to another company with a better or slightly better job opportunity.

It is the age of job hopping whether for automation reasons which eliminate your job entirely or for greater opportunity elsewhere. Being a quick learner and constantly keeping abreast of new developments in your job category is a must these days because you can become relatively obsolete with old job skills in a matter of 5 or 10 years if you stagnate on the job. Yes, highly skilled jobs are less likely to be replaced but even there computer software is greatly impacting even professions such as architects, writers, engineers, and doctors.

Finally remember that during an interview you are being interviewed and not the other way around. So listen more and talk less. Answer truthfully to the best of your ability, smile, be friendly, and use prior job experiences and personal experiences where appropriate. Be aware of your strengths but also some minor weaknesses since no one is perfect nor should you present yourself as being perfect or invincible.

Your true personality should come through during an interview to some extent so don’t try to be pretentious and try to oversell yourself. There is a big difference in being confident and friendly and trying to pretentiously pose as a know it all and can do anything personality.

To fully prepare for an interview you must also anticipate some of the interview questions and be ready to convincingly answer them. Research this on your own and then be fully prepared for a job interview. Luck is sometimes necessary but there is nothing like being fully prepared for a job interview and prepared for all the relevant questions which may be asked.

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MANAGERIAL MISTAKES!!!

Not fulfilling promises and lying on occasion:

Trust is the most important bonding factor in a relationship and this applies to business relationships also. Break promises or lie and respect for you starts to disappear since employees can no longer depend on your word being true which causes mistrust and hostile confusion and uncertainty in the workplace.

Perhaps not giving a promised pay raise or job promotion will most negatively affect the morale of an employee. There are other less blatant forms of promises made and not kept which will break the trusting bond with employees. Perhaps the best advice to give a manager is to not be pretentious but be honest and straightforward in all your dealings with employees so that they never have to doubt what your true intentions and demands are on the job.

Criticizing employees publicly:

Embarrassment, shame, and bad feelings against the manager may follow the criticizing of an employee in public. Almost everyone wants to feel safe with reputation intact if they make a mistake or screw up in some way on the job and don’t want this to become public knowledge if at all possible. The right time and place to do any chastising is in private between manager and employee only.

Excessive invasion of privacy, especially if details are announced publicly or to other employees:

Sometimes private activities affect business relationships or activities but the manager should be cautious about probing too deeply into the private lives of employees and even worse gossiping about the juicy details. Almost everyone is interested in maintaining a good reputation in the workplace and intimate private details which reflect a bad circumstance or situation should remain largely private and go no further than the manager and employee concerned. Most employee private secrets which don’t adversely affect the business should be respected and definitely not gossiped about if found out.

Withholding motivation or positive feedback:

A manager should do more than just try to help out if problems arise. A good manager will offer words of encouragement for a job well done so that the employee feels that they are being noticed and appreciated on the job on a regular basis.

Micromanaging employees:

Micromanaging indirectly implies that you don’t trust an employee to do a good job on their own. While micromanaging a new employee who is learning the ropes is sometimes a good thing, micromanaging a competent employee with unnecessary interruptions can adversely affect productivity. Interrupting when the work seems to be going too slow or noticing that too many mistakes are being made on the job is not micromanagement but a valid time to see if you can speed things up or eliminate apparent roadblocks to the work. Micromanaging is done primarily because you don’t trust an employee to do a competent job mostly on their own or you want to take credit for the job done yourself.

Not getting feedback from employees:

A domineering manager may just be inclined to give out orders and not ask for much feedback from employees. Largely isolated and minimally interested employees may be the result if they are almost never asked to participate in the decision making processes. Feedback from employees is especially important in a team effort which needs good coordination and participation by more than one employee. Happy and productive employees should be the goal of almost all businesses. Good feedback will determine how happy and productive they are and what things could possibly be done to make them happier and more productive.

Failing to appropriately discipline:

It is bad policy to ignore bad job performance and bad behavior which if left unresolved can lead to a sharp drop in employee morale and some if not many looking for jobs elsewhere. Before disciplining an employee it is best to have a private conversation and determine what is the cause of bad performance or bad behavior on the part of an employee. Sometimes all that is needed is determining the cause, pinpointing concrete steps to resolve the issue, and finally a promise from the employee to improve in the near future with concrete behavior modifications.

Sometimes giving the employee less responsibility, taking away a privilege such as parking rights, or threatening with firing are what appropriate discipline looks like. If the bad performance or bad behavior persists then make sure that you document it all and finally fire the offending employee before the rest of the staff is negatively impacted to the point of no return.

Not coaching or mentoring employees:

Some employees want to advance to higher positions in the business and don’t want to stagnate in a job at the same level for years. It is important for a manager to pinpoint those who want to be upwardly mobile and give them the appropriate coaching, mentoring, and delegation of some authority to keep them motivated. Yes, you run the risk of someone taking over your job in the future but a great manager will him or herself want to move up the business ladder to even higher positions of authority. Having a willing and able replacement ready to go may be a very important factor in getting a personal job advancement yourself.

Not cultivating interpersonal relationships:

Emotional IQ is very important for managers and that usually means that a manager is also interested in some personal information about how the employee is doing away from work. It might be valuable to know what an employee plans to do three or five years from now and what other valuable interests the employee may have. Knowing about employee hobbies, continuing education efforts, networking, and what one does during leisure time can all be vital in adding personal touches to future conversations and pep talks.

Most employees react favorably if they sense a manager really cares about them and what they are doing and hope to do in life.

If you liked this evergreen truth blog then read more of them, about 4800 so far, or read one or more of my evergreen truth books, especially EVERGREEN TRUTH, rays of truth in a human world filled with myths and deceptions.

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UPDATED NEW QUOTE BY ULDIS SPROGIS 1514!!!

If you liked this evergreen truth blog then read more of them, about 4800 so far, or read one or more of my evergreen truth books, especially EVERGREEN TRUTH, rays of truth in a human world filled with myths and deceptions.

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