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RE: Seeking advice on leading an interview for a technical writer
Subject:RE: Seeking advice on leading an interview for a technical writer From:"Claudine Chausson" <cchausson -at- fircosoft -dot- com> To:"'Gene Kim-Eng'" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> Date:Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:13:18 +0100
I understand your point.
We're not trying to attract out-of-area candidates. We've got plenty of good
candidates who live in Paris. If out-of-area candidates want to apply to the
position, they're welcome to do so. They know the position is in Paris.
Nothing in the ad tells about a relocation package because it's assumed none
will be provided. Then if a candidate wants to try and negotiate a package,
he/she's welcome to do so. Same thing for the salary. If the candidate is
really good and we really want him/her, the company might change its mind
and do an offer.
I don't know in about other countries in Europe, but in France, companies
usually don't offer relocation packages. Or if they do, it'll be on an
individual basis. And if they do, the ad will say so.
Different ways of doing things here I suppose J
Senior Technical Writer
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From: Gene Kim-Eng [mailto:techwr -at- genek -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 3:09 PM
To: Claudine Chausson
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Subject: Re: Seeking advice on leading an interview for a technical writer
Your explanation is, but your company's position on relocation is as clear
as mud. From "no relocation package," you have now gone to "no relocation
package unless the candidate can negotiate one." And you're not telling
candidates anything until after you offer them a telephone interview. This
may work in Europe, but here in the US it would result in you spending a lot
of time on the phone with candidates who drop out as soon as they hear your
opening position, because most companies here do not negotiate on
relocation; they either have a package or they do not, and if they want to
attract out-of-area candidates with a package or filter them out to avoid
wasting time with candidates who won't move without one they say so in the
Subject: RE: Seeking advice on leading an interview for a technical writer
I'm sorry I wasn't very clear, contrary to the ad which is very clear about
the position being in Paris. All the candidates who live in foreign
countries knew very clearly before the interview that they will have to
relocate. Actually they all want to relocate to Paris and our add is a good
opportunity for them to do so, if they're hired.
The ad doesn't say anything about a relocation package: the candidate will
have to ask the question if he/she wants to know about it. And he/she can
then try to negotiate something. Good luck for that!!!
Am I clearer?
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