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  1. I would *love* to attend an interview where the panel produced even one bespoke question based upon what they had read of my CV. Typical experience instead is that an HR underling reads the CVs to shortlist for interview. The panel are all ultra busy / supremely confident types who then don't have time to read the CVs and arrogantly believe they can still identify the best candidate through whoever responds best to the same list of predetermined questions. Their gut feelings determine the outcome of what has then essentially become a personality contest. While I am having a whinge about the whole process, a special mention also goes to interviewers who 'discover' who my current employer is halfway through the process and decide to grill me on details of their operations which have no bearing on my CV or the role I am applying for. I am not a ####ing free consultant. At this point, I know the game is up and they have lost interest in my answers to their standardised questions.
  2. Less need to shell out for breakfast or after school clubs either.
  3. In years gone by, there used to be a lot of posts here debating what would be a trigger for a significant downturn in prices. General view was that prices would trend in a particular direction until such an event came along. Is having a phased end to the stamp duty an attempt to avoid such a scenario?
  4. Cant see employers rushing to give payrises when workers are enjoying such savings.
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-57399628 A number of leading media websites are currently not working, including the Guardian, Financial Times, Independent and the New York Times. The UK government website - gov.uk - is also down. Affected websites displayed the message: "Error 503 Service Unavailable". Early reports have suggested it could be related to Fastly, a cloud computing provider, which underpins a lot of major websites. More to follow...
  6. It is still out there, with Madagascar accounting for 75% of the world's cases in a typical year. https://www.google.com/amp/outbreaknewstoday.com/madagascar-malaria-cases-up-in-2020-plague-cases-down-64815/amp/
  7. A massive, massive undertaking given the need to keep vaccines chilled in tropical countries with poor infrastructure...
  8. Husband is cooking dinner for his wife, but when he brings it through to the dining room, his plate has fish on it and hers doesn't. "Where's my fish?" she asks. The husband replies "Your plaice is in the kitchen." I'll show myself (tr)out...
  9. House price growth hitting double digit percentages is finally giving the bulls a pause for thought.
  10. Yep. 10% growth per annum has got the BoE to consider having a discussion about whether property prices are growing a little too quickly... They'll let us know if they think they will have a meeting.
  11. Front page of today's Telegraph highlighting petrol price inflation - month on month prices up seven months in a row.
  12. Lobbying already underway: https://propertyindustryeye.com/stamp-duty-extension-petition-passes-10000-mark-2/
  13. A couple of years back, US raised rates multiple times to over 2%. We managed one rise to 0.75% during that period. The idea that the UK will simply copy any and all US interest rate rises is demonstrably untrue.
  14. Meanwhile, ReallyMoving says that having handed all the stamp duty saving and then some to vendors, buyers are chomping at the bit to continue shelling out ever increasing sums for shelter... https://propertyindustryeye.com/house-prices-set-to-soar-as-buyer-demand-shows-no-signs-of-abating/
  15. BBC - Restaurants offer perks to tackle staff shortage https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57218978
  16. Savings rates rising on the back of banks needing more money: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/may/22/uk-savers-interest-rates-up-lows-banks
  17. https://savingschampion.co.uk/best-buys/personal/easy-access-accounts
  18. Different UK metric - easy access savings account 'best buy' was at a new low last week (0.42%). Latest top rate now back to 0.5%. Not a huge shift in a very bleak picture, but the trend is noticeable.
  19. It is a very competitive sector, but I have 20 years experience, including some that are hard to obtain. Going for interviews, I can usually check the amount of competition by how many visitors have signed in at reception that same day. Alternatively, during a test exercise, it's a given that other candidate's work is sitting in the recycle bin... Typically, I would say I am one of four candidates.
  20. Hi all Am looking for some objective insight into the whole job interview process. Am looking to move up - no opportunties where I am, so looking at roles in comparable organisations. I seem to have a phenomenal ratio of applications to interview invites (50%), while a dismal record of interviews to job offers. Just had an interview last week. Usual experience - a barrage of pre written questions, with a split second to provide the best example ever. No reference whatsoever to my CV or application, which at least one of the panel clearly hadn't read at all (and this is for a senior manager role). Feels like a popularity contest and little else... Needless to say, I didn't get it. Is this everyone else's experience of interviews??
  21. Land Reg data is laggy - Jul and Aug could be explosive too... although the BBC is quoting warnings of the market overheating: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57171683
  22. England data: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-house-price-index-england-march-2021/uk-house-price-index-england-march-2021
  23. Going off on a tangent... Watching Channel 4 the other night and an ad for Zoopla came on. Boomer couple saying how wonderful their house was that they bought in 1997 and would never leave, until they were shown a Zoopla valuation in excess of £500k. Eyes pop out, they say that actually the place could be boring - leading to pictures of them having downsized and gone on a world holiday. Really rubbing it in the face of the Priced Out generation. Found it:
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