We can instantly get answers to all sorts of questions.
The caution here though is that you will need to understand whether the “fact” you are getting is actually a fact or is it someone’s opinion, or even a straight out fabrication (fake news?)!
Some things are pretty easy … if you want to know who starred in a particular movie or who was the former Prime Minister of Canada the answer should be forthcoming quite easily.
If you want advice on dress code, the length of your resume or whether you should divulge your previous salary when discussing a potential job offer you will get (very strong) advice that is “all over the map”.
My (internet) advice to you is similar to advice I received from a math teach many years ago.
He said that I needed to be able to understand math enough that I could, with a degree of certainty, accept or reject the answer my calculator gave me !
In the same way, you need to have enough of an understanding, or have done enough research, on the various answers you get to know if the one you are accepting is OK with you.
When it is YOU sitting in front of that interviewer are you really going to refuse to divulge your reported income for last year? Do you REALLY think that is a unreasonable question?
“The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.” Arnold H Glasgow
Kevin Dee is the founder and Chairman of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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