Category Archives: website design

How to tell a British company when you see one

I was applying for a position (in the United States) at the firm GSK (alias GlaxoSmithKline) and was presented with this option to select my “prefix”:

GSK-prefixes

I have filled out more of these forms than I can tell you, probably a easy hundred, but I have never otherwise seen options for “Lady” and “Lord”. Why did they feel the need to include these? Do they regularly recruit tituled nobility? If so, do they really have to go through the same HR software/ATS that commoners like me do?

If so, HAH!

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More diversity form nonsense

While applying for a position at Fenwal, I was presented with the typical EEO form to fill out:

DubiousFenwal

As I have shown, it is bizarrely possible to declare yourself both Hispanic and non-Hispanic at the same time. Shades of the radio button confusion of PSEG. Also, for some reason, the Hispanic/Latino question is a subheading under gender. Why?

Checkbox v. dropdown

When I was applying for a position at, if I remember correctly, PSEG, I had to fill out a diversity form or two or three. I don’t have a problem with that.

I did notice this UI confusion though:

Nocheckboxes

Clearly that is a drop down menu. However I would note that check boxes would actually be improper here, since the options are mutually exclusive (check one). However, if they said “click on of the radio buttons” they would be probably confusing people who don’t know UI designers jargon.

Further SAP ATS trash

Applying to a firm that uses SAP for its HR software (“applicant tracking software”) is miserable.

Today I am a-going to post some further observations about why. Most of them have to do with localization, but some are just plain bad English use.

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Suggestion for a better LinkedIn

I think most of us know what LinkedIn is: The sometime satirized site for people to post resumes and ancillary information about their professional lives and qualifications. While searching there for positions to apply for, I ran across this:

linkedin-spellingerr

See if you can spot what I’m writing about.

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Interesting WordPress failure

In reviewing my dayly “dashboard” to see who had been reading my blog, I found out that WordPress doesn’t like the copyright symbol (©) in post tituls:

copyright-wordpress-problem

I have not yet dared to try a post with ‘;– in it yet, to see if it is SQL vulnerable. I think (hope?) this is just a character encoding problem.

An entertaining use of the Weather Service

For those of you in the United States, or who have any interest in it, I found out that the NWS has done one better than the USPS when it comes to ZIP codes (alias postal codes).

  1. Go to the NWS website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
  2. Find the box ‘Local forecast by “City, St” or ZIP code’
  3. Type in the first four digits of a ZIP code.
  4. NWS automatically lists the 10 places with the ZIP codes xxxx0 to xxxx9, as shown below for xxxx = 5454.

zipcodes-on-nws

Off the top of my head I don’t know how this would be useful, but it is interesting. The Post Office’s website doesn’t do this that I am aware of, but I can’t be sure because it isn’t working right now.

Excessive dates in WordPress; or, who was blogging in 1970?

If you have a WordPress blog with at least one post on it, try this:

  1. Go to the statistics page of your blog. That is described in WordPress help here.
  2. At the top of the page, make sure “insights” is selected.
  3. Click on the little histogram/bar chart icon to the far right of “latest post summary”.
  4. Scroll down and notice the ridiculous starting date of the matrix: 1970!

This is, I am almost certain, on account of a certain common epoch starting on January 1, 1970. However, I really don’t know why WordPress should display that far back. It would clean the page up and shorten it considerably if they started at, say, 2000. Alternately, 2003 was the year WordPress (the software) was started, so there should be no hits on any WP site before then.

Am I missing something? It seems a little too obvious, making me think that I have overlooked an obvious reason for keeping it.