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Postby Wd40 » Mon, 25 Mar 2013 9:39 pm

offshoreoildude wrote:I used to resist this but I don't anymore. I'm in the top 5% percentile for my work group and basically most recruiters say "Oh, so much. Sorry to waste your time and hang up" - it saves a LOT of to and fro which would fail on the shitty budget the employer has set.


I agree. Now I have an interview scheduled this week and need to go to MBFC from Tampines, take half day leave and the interviewer has not even asked me my salary nor told me how much they can offer.

Its going to be complete waste of time if they cant match my current salary. I would have been much more enthusiastic to attend the interview if he had asked me my salary and we set each other expectations straight right from the beginning.

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Postby BillyB » Mon, 25 Mar 2013 9:51 pm

Wd40 wrote:
offshoreoildude wrote:I used to resist this but I don't anymore. I'm in the top 5% percentile for my work group and basically most recruiters say "Oh, so much. Sorry to waste your time and hang up" - it saves a LOT of to and fro which would fail on the shitty budget the employer has set.


I agree. Now I have an interview scheduled this week and need to go to MBFC from Tampines, take half day leave and the interviewer has not even asked me my salary nor told me how much they can offer.

Its going to be complete waste of time if they cant match my current salary. I would have been much more enthusiastic to attend the interview if he had asked me my salary and we set each other expectations straight right from the beginning.


Why didn't you just ask for the salary range and an interview time that suits you? You'd already lowered your guard which tells the recruiter you're keen, and if he's smart (which luckily for you won't be the case in Singapore) he'd be using this to strengthen his side of the negotiation against you.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:54 pm

Brah wrote:Along with that are:
- "stay", as in "where do you stay?", my answer is usually something like, "I stay in hotels - I don't stay here, I live here"

- "take", as in, "did you take lunch?" ", my answer is usually something like, "I didn't take it anywhere, I ate it in the restaurant"



So we have Bring, Stay and Take.

I wonder if Take is a British-ism?

'Mother and I shall take afternoon tea in the drawing room thank you Jeeves'

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Postby beppi » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:32 am

"Did you take your lunch?"
"No, I took somebody else's!"

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Postby Wd40 » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:50 am

But then "Did you take your pills?" is correct usage, isn't.

English is a crappy language with adhoc rules :x

Another example: I can understand the usage of "The United States" but why is it called "The Philippines" as if "Pines" is a word in itself :roll:

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 1:11 am

beppi wrote:"Did you take your lunch?"
"No, I took somebody else's!"


You could, quite correctly though rather archaically, ask: 'Have you taken lunch yet?'.

Of course 99.999% of people these days would just use the modern equivalent 'Have you had lunch yet?'

It is not only Singapore. I recall when travelling around India being fascinated by the archaic (to me, and probably 99% of British people) English words that they still used. Tailors everywhere offering 'shirtings and suitings', and newspaper reports of 'bands of dacoits' robbing travellers. And many more...


p.s. It's like the American word 'graft'. It really confused me. In the UK 'hard graft' simply means hard work (sweaty, maybe manual - either way, intense). In the USA graft means fraudulent activity... bribery/corruption etc.

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Postby Sergei82 » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 9:31 am

Barclays is still hiring in some teams. Although they did move all their backoffice to Pune - same with CS.

Wd40 - next 2 days are last for me in CBP, then our team will be moved to ORQ temporarily (4-6 months) before getting back to CBP in the new building. If you want to go out together for lunch, just pm me. In any case, we're just 1 floor apart. :)

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Postby Wd40 » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:07 am

Sergie, I have got interviews lined up this week and will be working from home most of the time. So sorry cannot meet. But we will catch up on lync ;)


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