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Old 08-11-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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From my experience and others I know, lay-off is a great opportunity to get rid of fat that you don't want to begin with.

How negatively do you view a candidate who was laid off?

I always probe for more information such as relationship with previous supervisor and how many team members were left etc. I hired one guy who was laid off after he provided me his previous supervisor as a reference. I did talk to the supervisor. He was well suited for the job and a little overpaid though at his previous company during a bad economy.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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With so many people out of work through no fault of their own these days I don't generally view it as a negative. As long as the references check out, we're good to go.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: California
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I agree with the reference thing. If a candidate was laid off through no fault of their own, they should have references from supervisors or peers at the job. I am a little forgiving on the supervisor thing, as not everyone thinks their supervisor would be a great reference (I have worked with some real loons that I would not want anywhere near giving me a reference even though it would likely be a good one) but there should be someone on the reference list from the previous company.

I was laid off, along with the entire department, in February. They not only tried to keep me then, but tried to hire me back about a month after I got my new job. And my supervisor was a great reference.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:51 AM
 
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When I was in the corporate world, I survived every "performance-based" reduction in force for nine years. What I didn't survive was the 6000 head reduction that eliminated entire departments, including mine. I was able to use her as a reference, and she me, as her position was also eliminated. So it is important to go a level deeper as to the reasons for the reduction.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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There have been some top notch employees who have been laid off. I don't agree with your line of thought, OP.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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There have been some top notch employees who have been laid off. I don't agree with your line of thought, OP.
Like Steve Jobs? :-) That's rare, isn't it?
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Out West
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Seriously? I'm not talking about Steve Jobs. I'm talking about your every day individual. Whether you wish to admit that or not, some people are top notch employees and get laid off. To have a view point that they are "the fat that was cut" is not a realistic view point, in my opinion.
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