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Posted 12/11/16 , edited 12/11/16

SirBacon12 wrote:

It's hard to miss what I've never experienced


Must be nice to be fifteen. I turn twenty six tomorrow. You make me feel old.
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Must be nice to be fifteen. I turn twenty six tomorrow. You make me feel old.


Happy Birthday for tomorrow then, Qualeshia!
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Must be nice to be fifteen. I turn twenty six tomorrow. You make me feel old.


Happy Birthday for tomorrow then, Qualeshia!


Thank you.
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I'm sick of the personality questionnaires. Takes an hour to do and every question is a loaded or stupid question. Depending on who you do the questionnaires with they could want everything to be answered strongly agree or not strongly. Its a horrible way of finding employees.


Never got hired anywhere with them. Apparently not wanting to steal something is an undesirable trait


Same here. Never hired on when taking them. When I actually get a chance to show what I know I get hired on pretty quickly but this new format really screws me over.


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Rujikin wrote:

I'm sick of the personality questionnaires. Takes an hour to do and every question is a loaded or stupid question. Depending on who you do the questionnaires with they could want everything to be answered strongly agree or not strongly. Its a horrible way of finding employees.


They want robots.


I passed a single questionnaire and you know what I did? I filled out the questionnaire as if I was an evil dictator looking for brainless minions to do my dirty work. The job was shit and I left but still...
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It's so hard to find a job.
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It's so hard to find a job.


Yes it is.
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Ichibanx3 wrote:

It's so hard to find a job.


Yes it is.

I'm currently on a job search too, a long and difficult one, so I know how you feel, Qualeshia. Some questions are just ridiculous, anyway happy early birthday and I hope you find a job soon
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Ichibanx3 wrote:

It's so hard to find a job.


Yes it is.

I'm currently on a job search too, a long and difficult one, so I know how you feel, Qualeshia. Some questions are just ridiculous, anyway happy early birthday and I hope you find a job soon


Thank you so much!
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qualeshia3 wrote:

It makes sense but I just get fed up with the nonsense questions.


I was under the impression that the questions on paper and online would be the same, so would you not still have to answer nonsense questions anyway?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

It makes sense but I just get fed up with the nonsense questions.


I was under the impression that the questions on paper and online would be the same, so would you not still have to answer nonsense questions anyway?


Not that I know of. When I fill out a paper application, I don't get a hundred questionnaires on random bullshit.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I just finished doing a job application online and it was annoying to answer the questionnaires. Ugh! how I miss paper applications! Some places still have it but not all of them. As the years go by and things are getting digital, means that paper will soon fade away. That makes me a little sad but what can you do. So what about you? Do you like online job applications or paper ones?


What do you think about it?


I kind of prefer digital applications, because I was able to keep track of the places I applied to. Currently, I wouldn't know because I just have a website, and I get clients from word-of-mouth/networking. I suspect it's frustrating when they have filters that automatically reject you if you don't fit their criteria by some percentage point.

I do remember hating to go through a bunch of paper applications to sort through who was "hireable" and who was not. People with indecipherable penmanship automatically went to the shredder. And they can get lost or stolen easily.

Overall: I prefer digital.
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The questionnaires are stupid. I can learn more about a person in a 5 minute interview than I can from 1000 personality questions. I prefer online applications though. So much more efficient, though you have to make sure people without computer skills aren't being left behind.
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I don't miss any of it. Back in the late '60's--early '70's it seemed corporate was looking for someone with no less than a Master's in something, had 5 years traceable experience doing exactly what they were seeking, stellar references from individuals with ranks higher than division superintendent yet lesser than CEOs from the Forbes 400 of the day, and be of an age circa 23 years old. Of course, these wunderkund were rare but it was a benchmark to judge others' performances by come time to hand in a resume. Such nonsense.

I recall 1 job interview myself and another fellow (friend) enjoyed / endured late 1990's via paper application. They were looking for older worker candidates, a cohort which my friend and I happened to be in at the time. During my 2nd interview the interviewer commended me for stable employment history, my ability to answer questions in complete sentences with correct punctuation rather than stilted or scattered experiments using the alphabet as ammunition..........which was what disqualified me from further consideration before that interview ended. Because I claimed "some college" instead of merely finishing high school once upon a time (I deliberately left 2 degrees off) he cited it was their experience that candidates of my ilk would not stay so why waste the time, effort, money spent training me which would, in all probability, lead to hiring error. My friend, who only got as far as finishing senior year high school back in the day, got hired. I did not. C'est la vie.

The most fun I ever had at a job interview was my very last attempt to get on with the USPS (Post Office) in an area where I used to reside. Nine months previous I had inherited a sizeable estate and I really didn't have to work. But I was bored and I wanted to continue the effort if possible. I scored high on their tests. Anyone with any modicum of college testing experience had an easy time completing their tests. After the postal supervisor read my app he took me over to a large machine that read the bar codes as it handled / classified / redirected the mail. Part of this job entailed walking from 1 end of the machine to another to refill it again with bulk unprocessed mail. I looked at him and said in so many words "you mean I have to get off my bulbous fat ass and walk 15 steps away to do THIS?" "Don't you have a button within arm's reach so I can remain seated all shift long instead?"

You know, I thought that shithead dufus attitude would get my ass gone once the interview formality ended. It didn't. I got another interview for that job. I could not believe it. I had never ever gotten past the first interview with the USPS for any job. Maybe that's the secret. You have to pretend you're an asshole. No matter. Someone directly connected to the department via nepotism got it instead.

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The bad thing about paper apps is that they must be physically delivered to wherever they need to go, and the person on the other side needs to physically collect and store it. This costs money, whether in terms of postage or gas (walking is also a form of opportunity cost). It also introduces human error on the receiving side - physical apps can be lost or improperly stored. The best thing about digital apps is that you can send out dozens at a time. Just check out sites like indeed.com. monster.com, or ziprecruiter.com. You can search for jobs in your area without going anywhere. You know who's hiring and for what, because they're advertising for it. Depending on the site, you can even see if your application has been reviewed or if the position is still open.

Regarding poor people or the homeless, depending on where you live, your local library will usually have publicly available computers with internet access. That's been true in every city I've lived in so far. It's more convenient to travel to the library and apply to dozens of jobs that you can do than it is to travel to dozens of places that may or may not be hiring for anything, let alone something you might be qualified for, and apply in person.
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The hiring process is still better than it was 40 or 50 years ago. I do not envy my uncle telling me he was dropping off 100 applications a week and having to drive around in order to do so. There were also fewer protections for people so we really do have it good nowadays.

The thing that should be the most frustrating is how the dollar doesn't go as far as it used to, not the process of finding a job. Even so, as long as you live smartly instead of paying $900 rent in for a single room in the city, you'll live.
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