An apology of an apology

My boss, Ashok [name changed], opened up a list of leads. He said, “Nandita, your uncle is a consultant to the XYZ group, and we would like to approach them so we can give them a demo of our workflow solutions. Cold-calling hasn’t helped; now that you know someone there, please fix up an appointment…

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Reference checking with a pinch of salt

Life is never black and white, and hiring is no exception. Reference checking is particularly tricky; it is one of those things that must be done; yet there is no guarantee it will make the recruiter any wiser. Many years ago, at my dad’s workplace, they interviewed a woman for a secretary’s post. She was…

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Flirting with billable hours

There are, of course, many ways and contexts in which we can define the word integrity. The most succinct and elegant one I heard was “Doing the right thing even if nobody is looking”. This explains why we do not jump a red light in the middle of the night, even if we know there…

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Audit: hoodwinking with nested references

Even if you’re not an auditor, please do not get put off by the title — it may help you understand that there are endless devious paths to auditing and accounting frauds — and you can wonder if you know any auditors like this! If you’re a good auditor, you already know this, so you can…

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