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  1. Some years, I did hundreds of interviews (hiring a lot of new graduates.) Pretty much all the technical questions I used ended up on Glassdoor and similar websites. The kind of people I'm looking for are the kind of people that will look on Glassdoor and make the effort to prepare for the kinds of things I'm going to ask. Ssoutherner has it spot on.

    Good luck Spidey.

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  2. 13 hours ago, Phil said:


    Bit harsh. I know which side of the mildly eccentric/mental health problem line I think they're on, but they're not really doing any harm, are they?

    I'm pleased to report that I phoned up the village GP surgery at 8:00am on Friday last week and was given an appointment for 8:35 that morning.

  3. 17 hours ago, ckn said:

    This is a middle class trap test. No one actually eats avocados, kale or quinoa except social climbers.  It’s a sign to proper middle class folk that a social climber is approaching and they should start making stuff up to see if they can get the others to fall for it. :P 

    Busted. I eat all of them :P  Although I started eating kale as a kid in the 70s that my dad grew in the back garden because you can pick it right through the winter, at a time when our terraced house had neither heating nor an inside toilet. So I reckon kale has done more social climbing than me...

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  4. 2 hours ago, ckn said:

    I wish that were the case in many industries.  In the NHS, we had a rule for interviews where you had to interview three candidates for "fairness",

    Christ. If we had three qualified candidates turn up for an interview, I'd be on the phone to my boss to get two new jobs created.

  5. 2 hours ago, Saint 1 said:

     I just wanted to know if this was something people had any experience of

    Different career,  different company,  but we give new graduates a payrise every 6 months in their first 2 years and for the typical person I'd expect that to add up to at least a 30% increase over their starting salary as new graduates (in the UK anyway).

  6. Read "The road to Nab End" by historian William Woodruff, on a long plane journey this week. It's an account of his childhood growing up in 1920s Blackburn and the poverty experienced in East Lancs during the collapse of the cotton industry, which was a bestseller about 10 years ago. He went on to a place at Oxford and a Fulbright scholarship at Harvard after leaving school at 14, so it's a pretty thought provoking book.

  7. 3 hours ago, Farmduck said:

    I have this real stick up my a@@ about American franchise chains. Never been to Starbucks. Went to McDonalds once, in 1975.  Went to Pizza Hut once in the early 80s.

    When it comes to coffee I was always a big Lavazza fan but, in general, I think the critical issues are bean choice and time between roasting and drinking. Most big producers go heavy on the Arabica beans to appeal to mainstream consumers but any serious blend needs more Robusta to give it any edge.

    Australia (well Sydney/Melbourne anyway) had a cafe/proper coffee scene a couple of decades before the UK did.

    Not really a fan of paying £3 or £4 for a load of milky hot water myself. Another vote for the Sainbury's own brand beans though.

  8. 2 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    I didn't catch as much in the background last night, which is a good excuse to watch again I think.

    The BBC2 continuity announcer's line about hedgehogs before the program started was a good one.

    Some of the names of the shops and the adverts in the background are worth looking for.

  9. 7 hours ago, Futtocks said:

    A couple of call-backs in last night's 'League of Gentlemen'. The town being merged with Spent, the location of the original (radio) series, and the episode ending with the two women trapped "Inside No.9".

    Made teenage sons watch the first couple of episodes beforehand and there was a seriously impressive number of callbacks. I hadn't noticed the Huddersfield dialling code on some of the businesses the first time through, either. I thought it was brilliantly done. I rarely watch tv though.


  10. 2 hours ago, Farmduck said:

    The Sydney Harbour Ferries had a competition to name their new ferry. The breakaway winner was Boaty McBoatface. Since that name was already taken, they decided to name it "Ferry McFerryface."

    Bit of googling says that 3 (at least) local councils have Gritty McGritface.

    Looks like our local council is behind the times. Surrey did this a couple of years ago and have "Snow Surrender" "Roger Spreaderer" and "Gritty Gritty Bang Bang."

  11. On 11/13/2017 at 5:58 PM, Bedford Roughyed said:

    Its not the size of the card... Its the size of the card reader.  Meaning you can cram a bit more heat sink or battery in the phone.  

    Also, most of them don't go in phones - over 6 billion SIMs made this year. Will probably stop being a physical  thing before too long, anyway (e.g. latest Apple watch doesn't have a separate SIM.)

  12. Grrr. I had quotes this week for renewing my house and car insurance (£900ish and £300ish) from one of the UK's largest insurance companies. Ten minutes entering my details online has given me quotes elsewhere for basically identically cover for £200odd and £100 odd. Basically if you let it auto-renew you're paying a lot extra for the privilege.

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