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Subject: Re: When was the last time?

Forum: When was the last time?
This is a great interview question! I've been doing some job hunting so I'm definitely going to keep this one in mind.

My first thought was to use an example from work where I created a program to help users get the information they need on their own without having to ask another person for it. But now I'm wondering...what would an interviewer think (if anything) of answering the question using a work example versus a personal example? Yes, it's going beyond my duties but is it really going beyond people's expectations? Would a personal example give the interviewer more of an insight into who a person is at their core? Definitely something to think about!

It always seems like interviewing is more of a head game than anything else. It's reading-between-the-lines to understand what the employer/interviewer is really asking. Otherwise stated, what is their intent in asking the question?

Anyone have any thoughts on work versus personal/social/life example?

Subject: Re: How many paid vacation days a year do you want?

Forum: How many paid vacation days a year do you want?
Honestly, I think the French have it right (I spent a year there and am dying to go back so maybe I'm biased). But, for much of August, most of the country just shuts down as everyone heads to the coast to enjoy the summer weather after a cold, wet winter and an even wetter spring.

I'm lucky because I get 5 weeks of paid time off (this includes vacation and sick time). But my vacations are a far cry from those of the French and typically take the form of a few long weekends here and there. I can't imagine approaching my boss and telling him I'll be taking off for 4 weeks! I doubt he'd even approve the request. And those long weekends never really satisfy my need for relaxation. The first few days I'm catching up on all the things I couldn't finish around the house, then there's the normal weekend activities, and then, just as I'm starting to wind down it's time to wind myself back up again.

Studies have shown that well-rested, content, and relaxed employees are more productive employees. To that end, an employer that doesn't offer paid vacation time is likely hurting the company's bottom line in the long run. There's a website called "Project: Time Off" that has compiled some research, articles, and other resources about the benefits of taking time off work ( There are some interesting reads there and some resources that might just convince an employer that more time off is the key to a happier and more productive workforce!