Sunday, January 24, 2010

Useful ambiguities (updated for 2010!)

Ever get a call from someone checking references on an employee who you secretly wish would move on? Can't tell a lie? Want to avoid going to court? Here's what to say:
  • We can't say enough good things about him
  • Her performance is at the next level
  • His contribution in meetings is critical
  • You can't criticize what she does
  • When he's in charge, things seem to fall together
  • You'd be very fortunate to get him to work for you
  • You should waste no time interviewing her
  • We found his salary expectations more than fair
  • You can't underestimate his performance
  • When it's left up to him he stops at nothing
  • She fills a gap for us
  • He has certainly earned his reputation
  • You can't question his results or his methods
  • We think he holds up his entire department
  • Her credentials are very qualified
Curtis and Scotfree added these gems:
  • You can't believe the praise he gets
  • We can't imagine replacing her
Then Doogie said...
  • Everybody in our organization uses him as an example of our expectations in a work ethic.

Brendan said

  • Former clients are clamoring for him
The Ripper said
  • He never ceases to stamp out inferior work
Annie said
  • His quality astounds us
Victor adds
  • Whenever there's trouble, she's right there
PKD adds
  • He has had a massive impact on our project
JR adds
  • No one would be better in his job than him


Got a few of your own? Post them as a comment.

7 comments:

Curtis said...

We can't imagine replacing him.

Scotfree said...

You won't believe the praise he gets.

Doogie said...

Everybody in our organization uses him as an example of what our expectations in a work ethic are.

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PKD said...

"He's made a massive impact on the project" is one I've heard...

JR said...

"No one would be better in his job than him ..."

Halfwise said...

Good one JR and duly posted.