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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 18th Jul 17, 1:57 PM
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    Unsinkable
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    • 18th Jul 17, 1:57 PM
    Unsinkable 18th Jul 17 at 1:57 PM
    New diary, I have been thinking about it for a while now. I have been back almost a year give or take two weeks and boy what a year that has been, reading back over my old diary.

    The title of my new diary comes from a Lucy Spraggan song, which the lyrics fit the mood at the moment.

    Reflection on the past year:
    * Current debt is now - £8500, this doesn't include the OD or the BC (yet!)
    * Changed jobs four times and looking to move again, hopefully for the last time for a while
    * Moved house - This is my favourite one
    * Year Goals when I find them again are improving
    * Got a horrible situation with DS's ex-gf sorted
    * Still trying to get my MSE head to stay on, but I'm getting there slowly

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    There are still improvements that need to be made but overall I/we are getting there. I think carefully about anything I go to buy.

    I am happy that I have rediscovered the survey sites and some new ones that I hadn't done before, my overall plan for next year is to build a stash up towards Christmas and birthdays, making 2018 as frugal as I can

    There are still things in the house that need sorting/unpacking/binning but it does feel like home and the kids love it and that to me is all that matters

    I like trying to get the most out of £2 per day, how sad is that?

    So as the song goes 'We won't abandon this ship. We are unsinkable'
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 9th Oct 17, 5:24 AM
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    Hope tomorrow goes well.

    I do a lot of interviewing - things to avoid are fairly obvious - being negative about current job or boss is oddly common but damaging. Saying you would break your notice - if you would do it for me, then you would do it to me! Be enthusiastic about what you do.

    What have you achieved this year that you are proud of? I was so 'grr angry' about my hated job that I couldn't answer that without much thought.

    Read the job description thoroughly, see what skills/competencies they want and use those buzz words. I often ask what people think they would be doing on a day to day basis in that job. If its competency based they want specific examples, not 'I would' but 'I did'. Go easy on the 'we' did too.

    'Talk me through your experience', focus on recent, relevant stuff, and skim the earlier stuff unless really relevant.

    Q's from you - these can be adapted to most interviews.
    Why does the vacancy exist?
    if its new - why did they decide to invest now, what return do they hope to see?
    If a replacement - If I could do something differently to the previous post holder what would it be?
    Why did you, Ms Interviewer, join X company? Why are you still here? (Watch the body language! Crossed arms, looking down - run for the hills)
    If I took this role what would you see as the key focus for the role in the first few months? (gets them to visualise you in the role)
    How would you describe the culture of the department?
    How would you describe your management style?

    Hope this gives you a few ideas

    Can you check them on linked in? I see you worked for x can break the ice nicely.
    Originally posted by redofromstart
    Thanks Red, something to think about on the train xx
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    • missymoo81
    • By missymoo81 9th Oct 17, 5:53 AM
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    Good luck lovely x
    • Kittychick
    • By Kittychick 9th Oct 17, 8:01 AM
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    Good luck for today.. Xxx
    • Hiddenidenity
    • By Hiddenidenity 9th Oct 17, 9:39 AM
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    Good luck x
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 9th Oct 17, 11:47 AM
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    First interview done. I think it went ok. Saw them and hopefully made a good impression, was told they've other candidates to see and if I'm successful I'll be called back for a second interview with the MD.

    Just having a spot of lunch before I head out for interview number 2.
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 791 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 10th Oct 17, 5:17 AM
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    Morning,

    Interesting day yesterday. Interview one, wants me back Weds or Thurs for a second interview. Interview two wants me to have the job but wants to to see their financial man at HO in Bracknell possibly after work tonight to sort out the money side of things.

    Both jobs appeal and both have their pros and cons and I'm undecided which one to go for.
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 791 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
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    • missymoo81
    • By missymoo81 10th Oct 17, 6:38 AM
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    Oooh purple well done, what a lovely position to be in x
    • Kittychick
    • By Kittychick 10th Oct 17, 7:19 AM
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    Fantastic news, will they hang on until after your second interview or do you have to decide today?
    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 10th Oct 17, 7:24 AM
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    Wow well done purplemum, what a lovely dilemma to have
    My Diary http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5716867
    Debt in July 2017 = £58,766 DEBT FREE 31 October 2017
    NEW GOALS - Build an Emergency Fund & Loss of Income Fund
    Emergency Fund 1 = £818/Emergency Fund 2 = £203.76
    • MeandO
    • By MeandO 10th Oct 17, 10:00 AM
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    Brilliant! Well done Purps. Good luck making the decision xx
    Savings: £1000/£2000
    Mortgage Feb 2015: £102,000
    Mortgage now: £78,380

    "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" - Anais Nin
    • monz
    • By monz 10th Oct 17, 10:33 AM
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    ahhhh brilliant news!!!! fingers crossed xxx
    Debt (1/9/14) £6,702.11 Debt free (30/11/2016)
    house deposit £6,356.28/10,000
    mums xmas vouchers boots 50/50 sisters xmas vouchers topshop 30/30 Dads xmas voucher amazon (surveys) 30/30
    holiday - £540.43/1064.72
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 11th Oct 17, 5:22 AM
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    Morning,

    Not a lot of debt busting going on this week, due to the interviews.

    Interview one - I've a second one with them at 8.30 this morning.
    Interview two - Job offer received from them yesterday.

    Interview one, is good and I will probably get an offer from them but it's still London based which means I'll still be getting up at stupid o'clock to get to site....but it is reasonable money and more than what I'm on now.

    Interview two, they want me for their project and have said they'll work out the finer details later. Project is an hour away from home, temp to perm though. Means I won't need to get up until about 6 in the morning and the kids will see more of me and I'll be home about 1/2 hour earlier at night. Money wise, I'll probably be better off then if I went for number one.

    Interview two need a decision by end of today, so need to up the momentum with my other agency for interview one as to wether they'll make me an offer so I can compare them.

    Deep down, I think number two is the better one but will see later today.
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    • Purplebonnie
    • By Purplebonnie 11th Oct 17, 7:49 AM
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    Congratulations on both interviews, what a lovely conundrum to be in! I think you should probably go with your gut instinct about interview two, more time, more money sounds like a winner. Good luck with your decision
    September 2017 Total Debt £37188.89 / DFD 01/05/22
    October 2017 Debt £36149.48 / DFD 01/04/22
    Extra Payments : 0.1% = £37.19 Total paid 0.3%
    MBNA - £5350.73

    October Food Budget : £200/£114.94 Extra Income £100 /£81.06
    SFD : 8/31 Weight Loss (Goal 8lbs) :
    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 11th Oct 17, 8:23 AM
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    woohoo - that made me smile this morning.
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 11th Oct 17, 8:28 AM
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    Congratulations on job offer from interview 2 and good luck today with other interview. Job 2 sounds promising if less travel time and more money.
    2 weeks to go until early retirement in December . Debt free and mortgage free.

    I'm a Board Guide on the Debt-Free Wannabe, Mortgages, Banking and Budgeting boards. I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Any views are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com. Pease remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com
    • monz
    • By monz 11th Oct 17, 9:47 AM
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    aw congratulations looking forward to hearing your decision and how things go xx
    Debt (1/9/14) £6,702.11 Debt free (30/11/2016)
    house deposit £6,356.28/10,000
    mums xmas vouchers boots 50/50 sisters xmas vouchers topshop 30/30 Dads xmas voucher amazon (surveys) 30/30
    holiday - £540.43/1064.72
    • Hiddenidenity
    • By Hiddenidenity 11th Oct 17, 10:20 AM
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    Congratulations!

    Good luck today and hope it makes the decision easier, I'm sure either way you will make the right decision for you x
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 12th Oct 17, 5:24 AM
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    Morning,

    No decision made yesterday.

    Second interview with number one went well, I think they'll offer me a job.

    Depending on what comes through today, I should be able to choose who I'm going with.

    I'm still inching towards number two but need them to put it in writing over their temp to perm time scale, so I need to ring that agency later.
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 791 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
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    • missymoo81
    • By missymoo81 12th Oct 17, 7:09 AM
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    So happy you're in such a good position re the jobs! Have fun deciding x
    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 12th Oct 17, 7:13 AM
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    Well done for doing so well in you interviews and good luck with choosing the right job
    My Diary http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5716867
    Debt in July 2017 = £58,766 DEBT FREE 31 October 2017
    NEW GOALS - Build an Emergency Fund & Loss of Income Fund
    Emergency Fund 1 = £818/Emergency Fund 2 = £203.76
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