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What I was wondering is if they also contact everyone that fails the interview whether it be by letter or what have you.. or do they just leave you hanging like this.....I would love to contact them but they have no phone

number for HR.

You can try, but HR can't guarantee answering the question on why you didn't hear back, they have too much to deal with.

This may be true for the TTC given the number of opportunities there are for information in advance of the interview, and the fact that TTC is hiring large numbers of people for the same position.

In general, though, asking questions during an interview is a good thing. It shows interest in the employer and helps ensure that the employer is a good fit for you. Any interviewer would rather spend 5 or 10 minutes answering your questions than hire you and then have you quite a few months later because of something that could have been covered during the interview. That would waste far more of the company's time than a few questions during an interview ever would.

Asking questions also turns the interview into more of a two-way conversation, which is hugely valuable for the interviewer in helping assess you as a person and your possible fit into the job.

Of course they should be sensible well thought out questions. Asking "so what does your company do again" is not going to help you. And yes, you should have done basic research before the interview, so your questions should not be things that could be answered by that research.

Anyway, back to transit...

What you said it's correct. What I meant earlier, not avoid asking question to the interviewer. You can ask questions related with the company that HR didn't mentioned, but just don't ask anything that's naive or anything irrelevant.

wow wow 400? Over how many years are we talking about here ?

Per year, 400 for a 10000+ employees is a large number for a big system! Remember, TTC had to deal with 14000+ applicants every time and they do this 'carefully selected' candidates!

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Asking questions also shows a lack of preperation for an interview. What I have been taught for co-op is the to research the employer and show a firm knowledge of the organization and the operations that are involved.
I interview people frequently in my area of employment. I'm shocked when someone who is pretty green has no questions. It doesn't happen very often, and I'm normally not very impressed that they show so little interest or curiosity in the job or place of employment that they have no questions.

I can't believe for a second that someone coming in would have no questions that they'd want to ask, and I generally assume they are not that interested, and if I hire them, they wouldn't necessarily stick around.

Trust me ... not asking any questions won't normally help you in a one-on-one interview.

Though I'd be careful what I ask ... but even simple curiosity over how shifts work; benefits, or places of work would show that one is interested.

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I interview people frequently in my area of employment. I'm shocked when someone who is pretty green has no questions. It doesn't happen very often, and I'm normally not very impressed that they show so little interest or curiosity in the job or place of employment that they have no questions.

I can't believe for a second that someone coming in would have no questions that they'd want to ask, and I generally assume they are not that interested, and if I hire them, they wouldn't necessarily stick around.

Trust me ... not asking any questions won't normally help you in a one-on-one interview.

Though I'd be careful what I ask ... but even simple curiosity over how shifts work; benefits, or places of work would show that one is interested.

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I interview people frequently in my area of employment. I'm shocked when someone who is pretty green has no questions. It doesn't happen very often, and I'm normally not very impressed that they show so little interest or curiosity in the job or place of employment that they have no questions.

I can't believe for a second that someone coming in would have no questions that they'd want to ask, and I generally assume they are not that interested, and if I hire them, they wouldn't necessarily stick around.

Trust me ... not asking any questions won't normally help you in a one-on-one interview.

Though I'd be careful what I ask ... but even simple curiosity over how shifts work; benefits, or places of work would show that one is interested.

The point is don't ask obvious or stupid questions, which I said in my original post. And any questions you have, it would look more professional to have them typed in your notes.

Anything that can be easily found, online or other sources, is not worth asking, and I personally would consider them stupid questions.

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i always heard you dont ask about benefits etc durring interviews

Of course you can ask about benefits. The employer understands that you will work for them in order to make money, not out of the goodness of your heart. It's utterly expected that some applicants will need details on benefits before accepting terms. It's not going to make you look greedy.

It's all about timing. The first words out of your mouth should not be on benefits. Focus on the job itself first. But at some point it'll be reasonable, accepted, and expected that you will want to talk about compensation including benefits, and you should certainly have that discussion before signing anything.

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i always heard you dont ask about benefits etc durring interviews

If you plan on working there and making it a career for the next 30 years damn straight i'm going to ask about benefits, wages, the whole shebang unless they have already provided that info in a intro. or welcome package. There are no stupid questions, only the ones you did'nt ask,... or were afraid to.
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Just a question about the info sessions. I know you shouldn't show up in running shoes and jeans but would a suit be too much? Are dress pants and a dress shirt ok?

Thanks!!

Most people do wear a casual shirt and pants, but you can wear running shoes and jeans of course.

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Most people do wear a casual shirt and pants, but you can wear running shoes and jeans of course.

Wear a suit. Polish your shoes. Don't chew gum.

The info sessions are part of the interview process. Let some other dummy screen themselves out of a job by showing up in runners and jeans.

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Most people do wear a casual shirt and pants, but you can wear running shoes and jeans of course.

Um yeah, I suppose you could, <_< although for one day I think you would like to look at least presentable, serious and professional which after all is what these people are looking for and first impressions and appearance do matter. ;)
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In a room full of 100+ people, The last thing on their mind while marking the tests is what someone wears. I wore jeans and i passed my tests and went onto the next stages.

Oh, OK then. I misunderstood. I thought it was for the interview.
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Yes, very informal for the info session.

You are obviously right about the interview. Need to dress nice :)

So dressing up in a suit would be too much for the info session then? Did people dress formally for the info session you went to? I don't want to be underdressed but I also don't want to be overdressed.

Thanks for your help.

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So dressing up in a suit would be too much for the info session then? Did people dress formally for the info session you went to? I don't want to be underdressed but I also don't want to be overdressed.

Thanks for your help.

No, dressing up in a suit would be appropriate for the info session. I think I might have worn dress pants/shirt with a tie to mine. Something as big as landing a job for life deserves a suit.

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some people in my group came as is with no attempt.

It really does not matter what one wears aslong as they dont wear stretchy pants. :P

Thanks for the tips. I am sure there will be some with stretchy pants :D

No, dressing up in a suit would be appropriate for the info session. I think I might have worn dress pants/shirt with a tie to mine. Something as big as landing a job for life deserves a suit.

Are you now working for the TTC?

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Thanks for the tips. I am sure there will be some with stretchy pants :D

Are you now working for the TTC?

Can I ask an unrelated question? Can you give me more details on the aptitude test? I have my info session on Monday and i am nervous about this test.

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Can I ask an unrelated question? Can you give me more details on the aptitude test? I have my info session on Monday and i am nervous about this test.

Can't discuss about the aptitude test, but all I can say is just listen one of the TTC staffers tell you to. It's quite hilarious that someone did a jump start and the staffers removed their papers right away!

Come back next year!

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Can't discuss about the aptitude test, but all I can say is just listen one of the TTC staffers tell you to. It's quite hilarious that someone did a jump start and the staffers removed their papers right away! Come back next year!

Do they mark the test that same day, or do they contact you after letting you know if you pass?

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Can't discuss about the aptitude test, but all I can say is just listen one of the TTC staffers tell you to. It's quite hilarious that someone did a jump start and the staffers removed their papers right away!

Come back next year!

And someone did just that today. We were told repeatedly to not turn the paper over and to keep your hands under the table until we were told to start. One person still turned his paper over and was escorted out. :wacko:

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And someone did just that today. We were told repeatedly to not turn the paper over and to keep your hands under the table until we were told to start. One person still turned his paper over and was escorted out. :wacko:

LOL. You must have been at the same session I was at. It was quite easy. Hopefully we will get the call within the next few days for our phone interview and then to set up the face to face interview...

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And someone did just that today. We were told repeatedly to not turn the paper over and to keep your hands under the table until we were told to start. One person still turned his paper over and was escorted out. :wacko:

Better to clear the gene pool that way and have them not waste any more of anybodys time. ;)
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