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I'm sure you'll get plenty of good advice to your actual questions.  The
simple, direct truth is best.

But I have a question for you:  Have you thought about going into business
for yourself?  Several on the list, including myself, have done so in the
last 4-5 years after finding themselves in a situation similar to yours.  I
would strongly recommend it.  Please e-mail me privately if you would like
to discuss what my experience has been like.

M. David Finley, P.E.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Davis Parsons" <davisp2(--nospam--at)earthlink.net>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 1:02 PM
Subject: OFF-TOPIC Job Interview Questions


> List,
>
> I have recently been booted out the front door of the firm with the
> reason "There is no work in the firm."  Since there does not seem to be
> any need for a multi-talented experienced (30+ years) structural
> engineer in the Fort Worth area, I am looking to go over to the dark
> side (work in an architect's office) . I would like to hear some
> opinions about the following job interview questions.
>
> The background:  The firm I was with has been around for over 20 years.
> One employee, a draftsman, has been with the firm for the entire time
> and has been associated with the owner for an additional 10 years.
> Practically everyone in the architectural community knows this employee
> and thinks he is an engineer since the boss led them to believe it. Last
> year a minority subsidiary was formed. This employee was placed as
> vice-president of that subsidiary firm which appears to have lots of
> work that stays in it. The  subsidiary keep control of all work as an
> effort to have some control over where the income is spent since large
> amounts of money have left the firm over the last year. I won't go into
> any more detail about the last sentence, but it is an open secret in the
> firm.
>
> I have always tried to hold true to the old adage "Speak No Evil" about
> former employers since it will give future employers a bad opinion about
> you.
>
> Question 1:  When asked why was I let go, do I reply with the official
> reason stated above which will be at odds with what they know about the
> firm through the drafting employee who they think runs the show? If I
> do, then they will think that one of us is not telling the truth and,
> since I am no longer with the firm, I was let go for reasons that I am
> hiding. Or do I tell as much of the truth as I can to justify my
> statement which could smear the firm slightly?
>
> Question 2: When asked about why I didn't do field observations on
> projects I was in charge of, do I tell the truth that the firm did not
> have workman's comp insurance, would not guarantee the insurance would
> pay medical bills if a job site injury occurred, and did not pay all
> expenses for personal auto usage?  Or, do I make up some statement about
> being hurt and unable to do the field observations?
>
> Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
>
> --
> Davis G. Parsons II, PE, RA, FAEI
> Fort Worth, Texas
>
>
>
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