Six Lessons I learned from my account being hacked on Linkedin.

Six Lessons I learned from my account being hacked on LinkedIn and

I’ve been asked to repost this as people are still getting the spam message from mysteryshopper. Bottomline. It’s a scam. Don’t do it.

My Linkedin account was just hacked. Hackers were able to change my email to so I couldn’t change my password to gain my account back. I was locked out of my own account.

If you received an email from my Linkedin account, asking to send personal information to claiming I had some great shopping experience with Microsoft, don’t reply.

I offer recruiting services. I’m not recruiting mystery shoppers for Microsoft.

Lessons learned from getting hacked to save you time and get your own situation resolved.

1st. File this Linkedin number away as well as this email. 855-653-5653, click option 1. They may respond faster to your case than to their online form. If you’ve ever tried getting ahold of Linkedin via phone, it is near to impossible.

2nd I’ve incorporated two-step verification found under your account privacy and settings. If you don’t have two-step verification on your account or other accounts such as your Gmail, do it now.

3rd Add a second email to your Linkedin account so you can login with that email in case you get hacked.

4th Request a data archive of your Linkedin account found under privacy and settings. In case your account gets hacked or deleted, this measure will help restore your profile.

5th Download all your contacts, so you have them, in case you lose your account. Linkedin help can walk you through how easy this is.

6th Change your password every few months.

I apologize if you clicked on email as it caused quite a bit of confusion for many.

Hopefully no one got scammed with this situation.

Learn from my time wasting experience.

Thank you all who contacted me to let me know I was hacked. Much appreciated.

If you sent them information or even if you didn’t, do change your password and enroll in the two-step verification.

Once Linkedin was able to verify my identity, they resolved it quickly but truly this was a hassle.

Have a great weekend and keep you day job. No mystery shopping here.

Sincerely and stay in touch,



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Most Common Interview Questions from Glassdoor Blog

I thought I’d pass this one. Very good Interview Tips.

Nice starting lists of questions to prepare yourself for the next round of interviews.

This is from Glassdoor Blog.

50 Most Common Interview Questions
Glassdoor Team | March 16, 2015

When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview can often times determine your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview is to practice your responses to any and all interview questions – even the downright weird.

To help you get started, Glassdoor sifted through tens of thousands of interview reviews to find out some of the most common interview questions candidates get asked during recent interviews. So, if you have a job interview lined up, practice in front of a mirror or ask a friend or family member to listen to your answers to the following questions so you’ll be ready to put your best foot forward.

Most Common Interview Questions
1.What are your strengths?
2.What are your weaknesses?
3.Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
4.Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
5.Why do you want to leave your current company?
6.Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
7.What can you offer us that someone else can not?
8.What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
9.Are you willing to relocate?
10.Are you willing to travel?
11.Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
12.Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
13.What is your dream job?
14.How did you hear about this position?
15.What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
16.Discuss your resume.
17.Discuss your educational background.
18.Describe yourself.
19.Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
20.Why should we hire you?
21.Why are you looking for a new job?
22.Would you work holidays/weekends?
23.How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
24.What are your salary requirements? (Hint: if you’re not sure what’s a fair salary range and compensation package, research the job title and/or company on Glassdoor.)
25.Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
26.Who are our competitors?
27.What was your biggest failure?
28.What motivates you?
29.What’s your availability?
30.Who’s your mentor?
31.Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
32.How do you handle pressure?
33.What is the name of our CEO?
34.What are your career goals?
35.What gets you up in the morning?
36.What would your direct reports say about you?
37.What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
38.If I called your boss right now and asked him what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?
39.Are you a leader or a follower?
40.What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
41.What are your co-worker pet peeves?
42.What are your hobbies?
43.What is your favorite website?
44.What makes you uncomfortable?
45.What are some of your leadership experiences?
46.How would you fire someone?
47.What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
48.Would you work 40+ hours a week?
49.What questions haven’t I asked you?
50.What questions do you have for me?

Glassdoor Interview questions

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By Paul Hawkinson

Mathew Henry, the 17th-century writer said, “Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin deep.” The same can be said for counteroffers, those magnetic enticements designed to lure you back into the nest after you’ve decided it’s time to fly away.

The litany of horror stories I have come across in my years as an executive recruiter, consultant and publisher provides a litmus test that clearly indicates counteroffers should never be accepted. EVER!

I define a counteroffer simply as an inducement from your current employer to get you to stay after you’ve announced your intention to take another job. We’re not talking about those instances when you receive and offer but don’t tell your boss. Nor are we discussing offers that you never intended to take, yet tell your employer about anyway as a “they-want-me-but-I’m-staying-with you” ploy.

These are merely astute positioning tactics you may choose to use to reinforce your worth by letting your boss know you have other options. Mention of a true counteroffer, however, carries an actual threat to quit.

Interviews with employers who make counteroffers, and employees, who accept them, have shown that as tempting as they may be, acceptance may cause career suicide. During the past 20 years, I have seen only isolated incidents in which an accepted counteroffer has benefited the employee. Consider the problem in its proper perspective.

What really goes through a boss’s mind when someone quits?

  1. “This couldn’t be happening at a worse time.”
  2. “This is one of my best people. If I let him quit now, it’ll wreak havoc on the morale of the department.”
  3. “I’ve already got one opening in my department. I don’t need another right now.”
  4. “This will probably screw up the entire vacation schedule.”
  5. “I’m working as hard as I can, and I don’t need to do his work, too.”
  6. “If I lose another good employee, the company might decide to “lose” me too.”
  7. “My review is coming up and this will make me look bad.”
  8. “Maybe I can keep on until I find a suitable replacement.”

What will the boss say to keep you in the nest? Some of these comments are common.

  1. “I’m really shocked. I thought you were as happy with us as we were with you. Let’s discuss it before you make your final decision.”
  2. “Aw gee, I’ve been meaning to tell you about the great plans we have for you, but it’s been confidential until now”.
  3. “The V.P. has you in mind for some exciting and expanding responsibilities.”
  4. “Your raise was scheduled to go into effect next quarter, but we’ll make it effective immediately.”
  5. “You’re going to work for whom?”

Let’s face it. When someone quits, it’s a direct reflection on the boss. Unless you’re really incompetent or a destructive thorn in his side, the boss might look bad by “allowing” you to go. His gut reaction is to do what has to be done to keep you from leaving until he’s ready. That’s human nature.

Unfortunately, it’s also human nature to want to stay unless your work life is abject misery. Career change like all ventures into the unknown, is tough. That’s why bosses know they can usually keep you around by pressing the right buttons.

Before you succumb to a tempting counteroffer, consider these universal truths:

  1. Any situation in which an employee is forced to get an outside offer before the present employer will suggest a raise, promotion or better working conditions, is suspect.
  2. No matter what the company says when making its counteroffer, you will always be considered a fidelity risk. Having once demonstrated your lack of loyalty (for whatever reason), you will lose your status as a “team player” and your place in the inner circle.
  3. Counteroffers are usually nothing more than stall devices to give your employer time to replace you.
  4. Your reasons for wanting to leave still exist. Conditions are just made a bit more tolerable short term because of the raise, promotion or promises made to keep you.
  5. Counteroffers are only made in response to a threat to quit. Will you have to solicit an offer and threaten to quit every time you deserve better working conditions?
  6. Decent and well-managed companies don’t make counteroffers…EVER! Their policies are fair and equitable. They will not be subjected to “counteroffer coercion” or what they perceive as blackmail.

If the urge to accept a counteroffer hits you, keep on cleaning out your desk as you count your blessings.


  1. Where is the money for the Counter Offer coming from? Is it your next raise, early? All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines which must be followed.
  2. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
  3. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t.
  4. Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your coworkers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer-group acceptance.
  5. What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth?
  6. Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a lower starting salary.
  7. When times get tough, your employer will begin the cutback with you.
  8. Accepting a Counter Offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride; knowing that you were bought.
  9. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future; even if you accept a Counter Offer.
  10. Statistics show that if you accept a Counter Offer, the probability of your voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go within one year is extremely high.

Special Note: When you do resign from your present employer, be sure to do so in writing, retaining a copy for yourself. This procedure is to protect you in the future because future reference checks could record the separation as mutually beneficial. Include any constructive criticism, if any, in order to solidify your position for leaving.

Also, because our company specializes in recruiting within this industry, please keep our name confidential. We would appreciate not being in a position which would cause us to have a conflict with your current employer.


If you have accepted an offer from a new employer and on giving your notice to your present company a Counter Offer is made, you should consider the following:

Ask yourself if you were worth “X” dollars yesterday. Why are they suddenly willing to now pay you “Y” dollars today when you were not anticipating a raise for some time? (Consider the fact that your present employer could be merely “buying time” with this raise until he can locate a suitable replacement).

Suppose you were given an annual raise of $3,000.00 as a counter offer. When they find a replacement for you in say 60 days, then the actual cost to them is only $500.00.

Is just more money going to change everything in your present job? Consider the new opportunity you will be giving up that looked so favorable when you accepted it.

The company will probably feel as though they have been “blackmailed into giving you a raise when you announced your decision to leave.

Realize that you are now a marked man. The possibility of promotion is extremely limited for someone who has “given notice”. The company is vulnerable; they know it and will not risk giving more responsibility to someone who was previously committed to leave.

When economic slow-downs occur, you could be one of the first to go. You indicated your intention to go once before, so it is only natural that your position would be eliminated in a slack period.

You should know that statistics compiled by the National Employment Association confirm the fact that over 80% of those people who elected to accept a Counter Offer and stayed are no longer with their company six months later.

Carefully review in your mind all the reasons you wanted to make a change in the first place. Does the Counter Offer really offset these reasons?

If you intent to seriously consider a Counter Offer be sure you ask you present employer to confirm all the details of said offer in writing.