Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Worst Interview Experiences/Questions?!

"Worst Interview Experiences/Questions?" on MoneySavingExpert.

Post 5 - "Tell me about yourself", answer as far as the poster was concerned is "Well what would you like to know?" - I had a previous post referring to a newspaper article about how this was a particularly bad question for someone with Asperger with needing a bit more of a starting point, ie reference to "career history" for example.

Post 9 - Interviewer picking up his BIC biro and handing it saying "Sell me this pen". Hate the idea of that, especially if it isn't a sales position anyway!

Post 11 - interviews where the interviewer seemed to be on the attack. I've seen a few managers I can imagine being like that!

Post 25 - hates the "where do you see yourself in 5 years time" question just like I do!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Interview today

Just got back from the interview for the application referenced here and felt reasonably positive about it. My contact who had co-ordinated the employment scheme I was on came with me to it and thought I handled it quite well, she had just helped articulate the answers to a few questions I had found a bit more difficult.

Regarding some of the communication aspects, they had said that as the role was new, much of it would be adapted to the person they got in. Allocation of work tasks was still going to be quite subjective to the team.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Interview after applying with disability explanation

Just downloaded an e-mail for an interview for the application referenced here, so they have hopefully read my explanation of how my disability affects the certain things in the person specification yet are still interviewing me.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Latest Benefits reform articles

Some more articles from yesterday and today's Guardian, "reform cannot be a one-size-fits-all policy" and "it's a sin that people fail to take up work".

Comments of note on the first with reference to disabilities:
- There are two distinct reasons for claiming benefits? Not being able to get a job despite looking and not being able to work because of ill health. I'm too ill to leave the house most of the time, simply cutting my benefits isn't magically going to make the chronic condition I've had since I was 14 go away. It's just going to make me sicker and even less likely to be able to work in the future...
- You'd rather have my fitness for work decided by some non-qualified tick-box expert.
- How can someone who has problems with ill health but not so desparately ill as to get the Support part of Employment Support allowance ever going to get a job, especially now with 500,000 jobs and 2 and a half million unemployed. They are going to be constantly on JSA. Empathise a lot with this one, so much at the able end of the Asperger scale I'd never even be considered for Incapacity / ESA, but still not employers' first choice of person.

At the end of the second article was the shadow work and pensions secretary telling BBC Breakfast that the opposition party supported moves to simplify the benefits system, but concerns remained about job availability. He said "If we can have a simpler benefits system that removes disincentives for people to get into work, we will support them. That was a big part of the work we were trying to take forward ourselves when we were in government. Our real concern is this: without work these changes won't work. If you are going to move people from welfare into work, there needs to be jobs for people to take up ... It is important to remember that if you get these changes wrong, you could end up with a higher welfare bill not a lower welfare bill."

Comments of note after the second article:
- What work...?
- I agree with the idea in principle there is a flaw that there are people on benefit who want to work (like me) but cannot find work and the support received from the Jobcentre is non-exsistent. Personally if more support was offered people who want to work will find work they want to do instead of be forced into unpaid work which they do not want to do and may no benefit to their personal preference.
- The overwhelming majority of unemployed people are desperate to find work. This crazy and insulting Tory campaign to re-brand the unemployed and disadvantaged as work shy scroungers must be challenged and rejected. Let's start talking about the real issue - where are the jobs going to come from???
- A new Tesco Express opened up in Layton in Blackpool. They advertised 9 vacancies.160 applicants applied for a job. The lucky 9 got a job, the other 151 not only face disappointment at not getting a job, but also face a weekly onslaught of being portrayed as workshy, lazy, lager swilling, daytime TV watchers.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Temp job over but very positive

Well the job finished on Friday as expected, but went really well. The accountant was very sincere in thanking me for my help and the agency said they'd had a positive e-mail from her too. I am in the Jobcentre tomorrow for the rapid reclaim interview.