Interesting read especially for the job hopping folks:)
The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, conducted 40 years ago, is now stuff of scientific lore. Children were offered a marshmallow (sweet) and if they could resist eating it for a few minutes, the reward would be 2 marshmallows instead of 1. Amazingly, the length of time that children could resist temptation was co-related to their success in life even 40 years later! Can you resist the marshmallow of a great-looking new job offer for long-term rewards?
The Marshmallow Test for Job Change
1. Instant sweet craving - Sometimes the reason for a career change may be a poor bonus in one year or a disagreement with the boss. When a job offer comes along that offers a hefty sign-on bonus, or a new boss, you crave for the instant reward. However the long-term outcome may be disastrous if all aspects are not considered. Don’t jump at the opportunity. Analyse the new offer and your reasons for the craving.
2. Exponential reward graph - Like the second marshmallow in the experiment, there are rewards for not taking up the first new offer that comes your way. Many organisations reward longevity. It is simpler to share key responsibilities with trusted insiders than to risk hiring untested outsiders. Most professionals at the CXO and Director levels have reached that level because they have displayed longevity in their present or past organisations which is reassuring to employers. Earn more marshmallows by delaying gratification.
3. Poisoned sweets - Sometimes the marshmallow is poisoned and is best avoided. An offer that promises higher compensation as a consultant rather than an employee also means no bonus, no promotion and no benefits. That may not be the best choice given your long term career plans. Avoid that offer and earn a second marshmallow in terms of a better long term career.
Use the marshmallow test before making a quick job switch. You may realise that skipping the latest job offer will be the best career move for you now.
I am not sure how correct this is? Will ask someone informative like Sachin Kalbag to figure out….
Note: Just received this forwarded email. If it is something you don’t like or seen before, hit the backspace key and move on….
About Service Tax….. how the restaurants loot your money … Be aware
Ramanathan Hariharan updated his status: “Surprisingly after reading about
the “Service Tax”, I strongly decided to share this information to
This happened at the restaurant. Let me explain.
We had been to several restaurants recently. I observed that “service tax” has been mis-used and charged to the customers like you and me.
Let me give an example.
Food and Beverage = Rs. 1000.00
Service Charges @ 10% = Rs. 100.00 (10% on the Food and beverage amount)
Service Tax @ 4.94% = Rs. 54.34 (4.94% on F&B + Service Charges)
VAT @14.5% = Rs. 145.00
Total = Rs. 1299.34
As per the definition - “Service Tax can be charged only for the services provided to the customer”.
Now, see what is happening here in the above said example.
Service Tax should be charged only on the Service Charges amount i.e Rs.100 and not on the entire amount (1000+100).
In this example, the customer should be charged only Rs 4.94, whereas he has been charged
Rs. 49.00 extra.
Where does this money go? Only the restaurant owner and the chartered accountants who work for them know.
· So, I have started asking them the questions - and surprised to see the reactions from the famous restaurants. Either they say: Sir we cannot change the format of the bill - so , we will recalculate and tell you the revised amount. You may pay only that.
· Sir, you do not need to pay the Service Tax amount itself.
I now have 3 to 4 restaurant bills, for which I have paid only the service tax - on the service charges and not on the total amount.
Every bill must carry the TIN number and Service Tax Number, if they charge it. So, I ask for the Service tax number if it is not available in the receipt that they provide.
We cannot go to any government official and ask them to get this right - because of our system.
Please remember - we cannot change any political leader - but we can change ourselves. If we change ourselves - things will change.
Please do share this with every one of your friends and known people.
Ask for the right tax calculation and pay only the tax which is supposed to be paid. Verify every bills and receipts that you make payment on.
A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the footpath, and stopped centimeters from a shop window.
For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said:
“Look mate, don’t ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me!”.
The passenger apologized and said, “I didn’t realize that a little tap would scare you so much.”
The driver replied, “Sorry, it’s not really your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver - I’ve been driving a van carrying dead Bodies for the last 25 years…….u can imagine what went into my mind when u touched my back!!
As a big fan of KJ’s movies this one has been a disappointment.
What a waste?
English: , Indian film director (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In an Era when
Dibakar Banerjee gives us Shanghai (2012 film),
Imtiaz Ali gives us Rockstar,
Karan Johar gives us Student of the year. Whats the story? Its one line long. is it worth a movie? may be an episode.
I do not mind the gloss but I though Indian Cinema has moved ahead of caricatures .
Ultimately cinema is about story telling. For that we need a story.
At present Karan Johar is a better talk show host and producer than a director and this is a loss for all of us.
English: Bruce Campbell signing a VHS copy of The Evil Dead at a fan meet and greet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“I’m not wanted in this state.”
“How many young women work here?”
“I didn’t steal it; I just borrowed it.”
“I’ve never heard such a stupid question.”
Believe it or not, the above statements weren’t overhead in bars or random conversations — they were said in job interviews.
Maybe you were nervous, you thought the employer would appreciate your honesty, or maybe you just have no boundaries. Whatever the reason, you can be certain that you shouldn’t tell an interviewer that it’s probably best if they don’t do a background check on you. (And yes, the hiring manager remembered you said that.)
We asked hiring managers to share the craziest things they’ve heard from applicants in an interview. Some are laugh-out-loud hysterical, others are jaw dropping — the majority are both. To be sure, they will relieve anyone who has ever said something unfortunate at a job interview — and simply amuse the rest of you.
Hiring managers shared these 43 memorable interview responses:
Why did you leave your last job?
1. “I have a problem with authority.” - Carrie Rocha, COO of HousingLink
Tell us about a problem you had with a co-worker and how you resolved it
2. “The resolution was we were both fired.”- Jason Shindler, CEO, Curvine Web Solutions
What kind of computer software have you used?
3. “Computers? Are those the black boxes that sit on the floor next to the desks? My boss has one of those. He uses it. I don’t have one. He just gives me my schedule and I follow it.” - Greg Szymanski, director of human resources, Geonerco Management, Inc
What are your hobbies and interests?
4. [He said] ‘Well, as you can see, I’m a young, virile man and I’m single — if you ladies know what I’m saying.’ Then he looked at one of the fair-haired board members and said, ‘I particularly like blondes.’” - Petri R.J. Darby, president, darbyDarnit Public Relations
Why should we hire you?
5. “I would be a great asset to the events team because I party all the time.” - Bill McGowan, founder, Clarity Media Group
Do you have any questions?
6. “Cross dressing isn’t a problem is it?” - Barry Maher, Barry Maher & Associates
7. “What do you want me to do if I cannot walk to work if it’s raining? Can you pick me up?” - Christine Pechstein, career coach
9. “I was a Chamber of Commerce Executive once hiring a secretary. [The candidate asked] ‘What does a Chamber of Commerce do?’” - Mary Kurek, Mary Kurek, Inc. Visibility Consulting
10. “Can we wrap this up fairly quickly? I have someplace I have to go.” - Bruce Campbell, vice president of marketing, Clare Computer Solutions
11. “What is your company’s policy on Monday absences?” - Campbell
12. “If this doesn’t work out can I call you to go out sometime?” - Christine Bolzan, founder of Graduate Career Coaching
13. “How big do the bonuses really get once you make associate? I hear it’s some serious cash.” - Bolzan
14. “[The candidate asked,] ‘Can my dad call you to talk about the job and the training program? He is really upset I’m not going to medical school and wants someone to explain the Wall Street path to him.’ The dad did call. Then that dad’s friends called and I ended up doing a conference call with a group of concerned parents … long story.” - Bolzan
15. “If I get an offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?” - Bolzan
16. “When you do background checks on candidates, do things like public drunkenness arrests come up?” - Bolzan
18. “So, how much do they pay you for doing these interviews?” - Jodi R.R. Smith, Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting
Why are you leaving your current job?
19. “Because I (expletive) my pants every time I enter the building.” - Abbe Mortimore, Human Resources Manager, True Textiles, Inc.
20. “I was fired from my last job because they were forcing me to attend anger management classes.” - Smith
Why are you looking for a job?
21. “Cigarettes are getting more expensive, so I need another job.” - Pechstein
22. “My parents told me I need to get a job so that is why I’m here.” - McGowan
Why do you want to work for us?
23. “Just for the benefits.” - Jennifer Juergens, JJ Communications
24. “My old boss didn’t like me, so one day, I just left and never came back. And here I am!” - Matt Cowall, communications manager, Appia Communications
25. “I saw the job posted on Twitter and thought, why not?” - Rebecca Gertsmark Oren, Communications Director at The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
What are your assets? (as in strengths)
26. “Well, I do own a bike.” - Pam Venné, principal, The Venné Group
What are your weaknesses?
27. “I get angry easily and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won’t get mad at you.” - Pechstein
28. “I had a job candidate tell me that she often oversleeps and has trouble getting out of bed in the morning.” - Linda Yaffe, certified executive coach
29. “I am an alcoholic and do not deserve this job.” - Deb Bailey, owner, Power Women Magazine & Radio Show
30. “I’m really not a big learner. You know … some people love learning and are always picking up new things, but that’s just not me. I’d much rather work at a place where the job is pretty stagnant and doesn’t change a lot.” - Michaele Charles, Voice Communications
When have you demonstrated leadership skills?
31. “Well my best example would be in the world of online video gaming. I pretty much run the show; it takes a lot to do that.” - Rachel Croce
Is there anything else I should know about you?
32. “You should probably know I mud wrestle on the weekends.” - Venne
When can you start?
33. “I need to check with my mom on that one.” - Bolzan
Use three adjectives to describe yourself
34. “I hate questions like this.” - Katrina Meistering, manager of outreach, National Fatherhood Initiative
Tell of a time you made a mistake and how you dealt with it
35. “I stole some equipment from my old job, and I had to pay for its replacement.” - Meistering
Have you submitted your two weeks’ notice to your current employer?
36. “What is two weeks’ notice? I’ve never quit a job before, I’ve always been fired.” - Meistering
37. “One guy [said] ‘it would probably be best’ if I didn’t run a background check on him. Of course, I did, and learned all about his long, sordid past of law-breaking. Our client actually offered him a job as a staff accountant, but quickly retracted the offer when I had to tell them all about his recent arrest for a meth lab in his basement.” - Charles
38. “[A] guy said he did not have a mailing address, as he was living in a gypsy camp at the airport.” - Sandra L. Flippo, SPHR
39. “I went into the lobby to pick up a candidate. As he stood up, his trousers fell to the floor! [He said] ‘Oh, my gosh — they told me I needed a suit for the interview. I’ve got no money — so I borrowed this thing. It’s too big!’” - Beth Ross, executive and career coach
40. “Wow — I’m not used to wearing dress shoes! My feet are killing me. Can I show you these bloody blisters?” - Bolzan
41. “May I have a cup of coffee? I think I may still be a little drunk from last night.” - Smith
42. (During a telephone call to schedule the interview) “Can we meet next month? I am currently incarcerated.” - Smith
43. “[A candidate] was asked whether he could advocate impartially on behalf of the various universities he would be representing since he had attended one of them. He responded, ‘Well, I don’t like to poop where I eat, but I thought my education sucked, so I certainly wouldn’t put that school above the others.’” - Darby
At a job interview (Photo credit: Arroz y Asado)
- How to ace a job interview (englishelxni2.wordpress.com)