Member Since: 9th May 2011
22nd Aug 2013
It's called a notebook and pen and I mean the type of notebook that does not need electricity, not likely to be stolen or damaged and a pen that contains ink. I realise this is somewhat low tech and old fashioned but does surprisingly still work very well. Apples are best for eating I've found especially in a pie with custard.
22nd Aug 2013
are we missing something here ?
Well either she has the documents or she hasn't ? Which is it?
If she has and won't return them, then why is that? Money, family falling out ??
If she has them and there is no reason she should not return them, then get round there and plan to stay until she does hand them over or calls the police, then explain to them that she has property that belongs to you and won't return, which is theft.
To hell with the family relationship, this seems to have broken down if it has got to this point and your brother won't intervene on your behalf. The Revenue are going to fine you regardless.
If all else fails do the best you can from the information you have or can get from other sources. Assume the data has been lost, burnt etc. The solution is easier than you seem to be making out.
4th Jun 2013
Not an exact science
Generally people tend to prefer people who are like themselves and so tend to recruit in a similar fashion. This is a fairly low-risk strategy as long as the initial impressions prove to be correct in the long run.
However interviewing isn't an exact science, people do make errors of judgment and so there have been trends to carry out various psychometric tests to hopefully give a less subjective result and also act as a get-out clause for HR. So when the candidate embezzles the company lucre, leaves without warning on a flight to Panama, takes confidential client information and causes the formidable might of the FSA (or whatever they call it these days) to come raiding the offices at 6am, then they can say well it never showed up in the psycho tests ! Not my fault gov !
In a small company this strategy probably works fine for a while and can more easily be corrected but in larger organisations, diversity is preferable as otherwise stagnation can occur as everyone is looking in the same direction and patting each other on the back for such a fine job they’re doing. Not a good position but I’m sure this fall from grandeur has hit many a leading light in the business world due to this HR interviewing policy.
30th May 2013
HR loss - no loss
One of the benefits of down-sizing is the loss of power-mad HR or personnel departments.
This is a good thing !
Fortunately over the last decade I have worked freelance and had not to deal with these creatures who consider themselves experts in human behavior and think they can spot a good or bad 'en a mile off. I shudder at the thought of having to pretend I would give my complete loyalty to this organisation when I know full-well the complement would never be returned.
As for the OP, use it as a lesson on how to best lie at interview. The truth from either side should never be explicit and never be declared in an hours interview !