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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Interviews and Childcare Questions

Discussing flexible hours or matters related to child care in an interview
When interviewing for a job, it is important to see things at all times from the employee's perspective - they will almost certainly be trying to guess what you are wanting, thinking and going to say to them and will want to get certain things confirmed about your firm before they commit themselves. This is particularly so when interviewing candidates who want or may want flexible hours or part time arrangements.

The legal profession is notorious for its attitude towards anyone who dares to want to work less than a 40 hour week - and particularly so against women with kids. Some firms almost shy away from the whole idea instead of thinking about the benefits to them of having staff on flexible hours, particularly in small market towns where the Ten-Percent candidate database is not particularly bursting at the seams.
I have heard recently of an interview where a partner of the firm indicated to a female candidate who would possibly have had children that flexible hours would not be possible, when in fact his firm offered flexible and part time roles fairly regularly. He was not thinking of this from the candidate's perspective at all - and in fact was going against what was standard policy at his firm!

My wife once interviewed for a GP post in Shropshire, and the partner there took great pleasure in telling her what long hours they all worked and what money they made as a result. This put her right off - he should have guessed what she may have been thinking - children possibly on the way soon and hence my wife would not want to be in that type of environment - she would be looking for something where she could work less hours and not be so bothered about the money.

Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - no.1 online UK legal recruitment agency - save time, skip the legal job boards and let us do the work - register online at

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