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Sun Jan 6, 2019, 10:43 AM

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Manager asked the young engineer...

...fresh out of the university, , "And what starting salary were you looking for?"

The engineer said, "In the neighborhood of $100,000 a year, depending on the benefit's package."

The HR Manager said, "Well, what would you say to a package of $200,000 a year, 5 weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years - say, a red Mercedes?"

The engineer sat up straight and said, "Wow!!! Are you joking?"

And the HR Manager said, "Of course, ...but you started it."

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Reply Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Manager asked the young engineer... (Original post)
NNadir Jan 6 OP
LuckyCharms Jan 6 #1
Rainbow Droid Jan 6 #7
at140 Jan 6 #2
exboyfil Jan 6 #3
NNadir Jan 6 #4
safeinOhio Jan 6 #5
NNadir Jan 6 #6

Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 10:57 AM

1. What would you say is your greatest weakness?

Ummm...I'm too honest.

I do not think that honesty is a weakness.

I don't fucking care what you think.

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Response to LuckyCharms (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 01:38 PM

7. I honestly love this response.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 11:08 AM

2. How did you know about my benefits?

" 5 weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary" was exactly my benefit package when I worked for a government funded research lab.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 11:33 AM

3. The answer should refer to the statistics from the university

on starting salaries for the particular major. Also some mention of other potential opportunities. Then bring it around and talk about your value to the company and how excited you are about the opportunity.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 11:46 AM

4. Absolutely. I know. My son's university claims that their graduates in his...

...major, materials science engineering, start at between $60K and 80K, and should be making 110k after 5 to 10 years, with a BSE. (I want him to go to graduate school though.)

Still the joke is wonderful and it makes a great point. I plan to tell him the joke.

Almost all the interviews in my life, except when I was talking to the owners of companies, started out with the technical people and I didn't get to HR until the very end. I've had interviews that began with me giving a lecture. Usually my salary requirements were known before I got the interview, however.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 11:55 AM

5. I was asked at a job interview once.

You said in your app that you have never been arrested, is that true. I said yes that is correct, Iíve never been caught. I got the job.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 12:04 PM

6. Take a look at Lucky Charm's funny post above in this thread. n/t.

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