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Old 08-06-2013, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Mkpunk is right. Not only should we be on good behavior with everyone in a company when we are applying for a job. We should also do it after we GET a job. Being polite to every caller seem to me the least any employee owes their employer.

People in positions some may think of as irrelevant can have an influence over one's success or failure at work. It's good to develop friendly relationships with people at every level — not just the people who are your superiors. The folks in the mailroom or the print shop could make or break a project. The janitor can sometimes make your life easier if he is of a mind to. A woman who works in the cafeteria might be the boss's aunt. I worked for high level executives in a Fortune 100 company and it was a boon to my career that I had great relationships with their secretaries. I'm not talking about being obsequious, but a plate of cookies at Christmas, a card on their birthday, lending a hand with a computer problem, or an offer to do an errand, is never out of place.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:45 PM
 
Location: 60630
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He asked a question that would have been peripherally related to the job. He was probably doing background research on potential responsibilities.

The call was an internal transfer, which I noted on caller ID, at about 2:00pm

The colleague that I spoke to this morning had transferred a call about that very question mid afternoon to my staff member's extension, which I picked up on rollover.

The caller had a strong southern accent, which is unusual in this area. So did the job applicant.

Pretty sure it was the same guy.
He sounds a little nuts

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Old 08-06-2013, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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He sounds a little nuts

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I agree. I think my colleague made a good call by dropping him from consideration.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:55 PM
 
Location: 60630
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My husband worked for a smaller regional airline before working for a major airline. He told me about a couple of real tools at his former job who everybody there pretty much hated. Anyhow, when the time came for these tools to apply for the same major airline my husband now works for the news traveled fast. The industry might seem large but it really isn't when it comes to job searching.
Non of them got the job, and not for lack off experience either.
Lesson learned here, be very careful stepping on people's toes. It won't do you any favors.

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Old 08-07-2013, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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My husband worked for a smaller regional airline before working for a major airline. He told me about a couple of real tools at his former job who everybody there pretty much hated. Anyhow, when the time came for these tools to apply for the same major airline my husband now works for the news traveled fast. The industry might seem large but it really isn't when it comes to job searching.
Non of them got the job, and not for lack off experience either.
Lesson learned here, be very careful stepping on people's toes. It won't do you any favors.

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I am not really surprised by that. I mean you can have friends who either moved onto different airlines or know people who work for other airlines. I mean this kind of scuttlebutt happens a lot and is easy to start.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Good for you. You taught him a lesson. Job well done.
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