Material and steps required during the process of applying for a job (interactions with the desired company).

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Why do interviewers focus so much on why you want the job?

I am in the final year of my undergraduate degree and so I have been applying to PhD positions and job vacancies that I find appealing. At first I thought the interview application process would be ...
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Applying away from PhD position? [closed]

I just started a PhD position at a university. I saw a job advertisement which I would like to apply to. Can I apply to this other job despite having started my PhD? I.e. would the employer see it as ...
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Does owning a sole proprietorship count as “professional experience”?

I would like to pose this question at both a general (see title) and specific level (see below). I am soon to graduate university with a Computer Science degree. For the last four years I have been ...
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Is it appropriate to use Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as selling point in a personal statement?

I have a personality type as indicated by Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) of INTJ (introversion, intuition, thinking, judgment). This is one of the rarest personality types, occurring in only 1-2% ...
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Should I try send extra documents, after accidentally submitting an application without them?

I just sent off an application for an internship. I included a CV that was partially tailored for the company (I didn't rewrite my generic one, but changed it to emphasize skills relevant to the ...
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Should I put that I was fired on the job application site? [duplicate]

After working for a year I was fired due to product mismanagement. (I worked at a restaurant and ate food that was going to get thrown out. GM didn't like it. GM also didn't like me because me and one ...
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Requesting to see results of psychometric tests?

I recently completed a personality questionnaire for a company ahead after an initial phone conversation and ahead of a second face to face interview. Is it appropriate to ask to see the results of ...
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How to list my technical skills [duplicate]

I am applying for a few researcher positions that don't specifically require programming skills (i.e., they don't have programming skills listed in the job postings), but based on the job ...
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Should I be open about future plans to study?

Firstly, sorry if this has been asked before, I kind of expected it to of been but I couldn't find it. Also I'm aware this may belong on Academia SE but the question is more about applying to ...
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Does it look too bad if I apply for a different position (in different department) at a firm where I am being considered for a position?

I am currently awaiting to hear a feedback regarding the final interview I had for a position but I just saw another position that closely matches my interest and line of education & work in a ...
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How might one cold-email a manager who one had contact with a while ago

I am currently applying for jobs. Around this time last year, while I was still in school, I was introduced by my friend to a manager at a company, say, in Field A. Although at the time, there was ...
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Get the job of my boss

For several reasons I assume that I'd be more suited for the job of my boss and my boss is more suited for the job I do. From my perspective it would be best if we'd simply be switched. Given I can ...
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Work experience as student researcher? Volunteer then paid?

I am a research intern in the summer. I will be investigating my own research topic. I am planning to volunteer (not being paid) at the lab two months earlier for approximately 20 hours a week during ...
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Is not specifying salary requirements in a CV likely to elicit an automatic rejection in SE Asia?

I'm seeking new employment in southeast Asia; specifically, China and Hong Kong (though relevant answers about other, not-too-culturally-distant markets will be helpful), and in the software industry. ...
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Excluding Past Employment on Resume and Job Applications

I have a friend who was recently terminated during their probationary period at a workplace. The reason cited was a performance decline. This person was overqualified at the position, but needed money ...
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Are projects done as part of the academic training worth mentioning in job application?

I am a Computer Science student and I got to that point where I should start looking for jobs (internships/placements, not graduate jobs). During my undergraduate course I had a first year project and ...
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What should I put on my application in regards to termination?

I was lead case manager at a halfway house. When I was terminated I was not provided with a clear reason. An intern had confided in me that the assistant director had grabbed her buttocks while she ...
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Would it be okay to apply for jobs stating in the cover letter that I'll only be able to do interviews a month after?

Here is my timeline : May 29 : End of current contract and decided not to accept if offered an extension June 1-25 : I'll be overseas for a vacation June 26 onwards : Back to hometown Given this, ...
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Answering salary questions on recruitment websites

I hope the title is self-explanatory but I would like to shed a few more details so that this is not closed as a duplicate. I've recently received an email from a recruiter about a potential job ...
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Importance of the average mark [duplicate]

As suggested in this comment on academia.stackexchange.com, I'm moving my question here: I'm doing my master's degree in computer science in a university in Germany. Unfortunately, I'm not one of the ...
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Mentioning minor disabilities in “equal opportunity” section [duplicate]

Many larger companies have "equal opportunity" policies for employment and ask if you are Aboriginal, handicap, disabled (I've seen some include women in this list). I have been diagnosed with ...
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How should I explain why I wish to reapply to an apprenticeship

I am doing an apprenticeship as a software developer that will be due by may. Over the 3 years I've been doing this apprenticeship, I constantly grew unhappier because of the lack of an actual ...
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How to ask for an alternative to an in-person interview?

In my last round of applications, I ended my covering letters with a sentence like "I would like to convince you of my skills in an interview1". However, I'm addressing a company that is more than ...
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Applying for multiple internships with the same company

I'm a graduate student applying for summer internships, and some companies have several internships that interest me. If I apply to multiple internships, I don't know if any of the applications will ...
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Bachelors degree (+- 16 years)

I saw this on an online application for a job: Education level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years) I have not seen this on any other applications of the sort. What does the ±16 years mean?
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Is it immoral seeing tutorials and documentation and other information about an technology you are not very familiar [closed]

Recently I graduated with a degree in Computer Science. I have being searching for jobs ever since in Web Development. I've seen a lot of job opportunities are asking for MVC knowledge, especially ...
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Breaking news of applying for a department transfer to current boss

I have decided that I would like to be part of a new team that is being created within my current work place. What is the kindest way to break this news to my current boss? I have nothing against my ...
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What is an incentive bonus?

I am currently filling out an application and one of the questions asks me for my "current incentive bonus". I don't know how to answer that question because I don't know what it is. The application ...
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Which is best way to apply to a company? [closed]

I am a fresher and I am trying to get a job. I have applied for several companies like TCS,amazon,hp, etc., Is it better to get a referral of a employee in the company and forward our CV from them or ...
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Employer Submission Preferences - Company site vs third party sites [closed]

When I was composing my application for a position, I saw the position listed on my University Career Services website and the same position listed directly on the company website. Direct submittal ...
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Setting the right tone [closed]

I am applying for a position in a maturating start-up IT company — 4 years old, about 10 employees — and want to find the right expression mode for my cover letter. The job description is a bit ...
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Mention previous interviews in cover letter for same company?

I interviewed for a position in a company. In the end, they hired someone with experience (I am about to graduate). Even though I did not get the job, I made it to the last round and the interviewers ...
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Apply for two positions under the same supervisor

There are two positions that interest me under exactly the same supervisor. I have already contacted him through telephone and he told me that my qualifications make me a better candidate for the ...
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Writing an open letter to say how much I want to work at a specific company [closed]

I am a junior in high school, and I dream of working at a specific company after college. I want to write an essay about why and how I want to get to work there, what I'm doing in order for it to ...
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Internal vacancy - how to phrase email asking to be considered

My background is that I was interviewed for a place on a project team within my company. I essentially passed the interview and was about to be offered the job when someone the people who interviewed ...
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Frequency and appropriateness of contacting employer post application submission [duplicate]

I have submitted an application for an an operations analytics position on a company's own website. They use a third party software enabling the applicant to track their process throughout the hiring ...
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Is it typical that applicants are not notified when their application is rejected?

Is it common that when sending an application through the company's website, they simply don't respond? Should I consider this a sign of rejection, or that something went wrong and my application got ...
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Going from one company to another, to fill a similar spot [closed]

This is a hypothetical scenario, but one that I feel I need to know. I've recently finished my BSc in Computer Science, and gotten an entry-level software developer position at a respectable, ...
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How do I answer why I left an employer when it wasn't my choice to leave? [duplicate]

Last month, I received a call in which my next level manager read a three minute script informing me that my employment with said company was at-will and, as such, my employment was being separated ...
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Screwed my online application (no cover letter by accident). Move on or contact HR? [closed]

I applied for a position (software engineer) through a company's JobScore portal and there was a checkbox to include a cover letter in raw text. I pasted a cover letter prepared beforehand and I ...
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Salary offered is different to advert

Paygrade on the application says it's band E, on their website this is £24,000-28,000 and when I spoke on the phone when I was confirming I was preliminary accepting the position I was told £26,000 ...
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Should one always mention numbers/percents for algorithm results in an interview/cover letter?

If I am referring to my implementation / use of a machine learning algorithm for some task that is relevant to the job, should I always be ready to give information about the performance of the ...
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How do background checks verify employment?

I heard companies usually outsource background checks to other companies. I also heard that background checks verify criminal history, education and employment. I know you can find criminal records ...
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How to represent jobs I was not paid for on applications? [duplicate]

I am an 18 yr old college student who is living with a family(not related in anyway though) who has willingly taken me in due to my difficult circumstances. However, they are economically struggling ...
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How can I explain quitting my job because my boss lied in order to put me on probation? [closed]

I'd been with this large organization for almost 24 years. I had been at this location almost 6 years when we received a new supervisor. Big changes began to happen; there was no support, no positive ...
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Should I tell prospective employers about my past mental and physical health problems to explain why I have underachieved? [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in my late 20s, looking to start a career outside academia. My academic performance has been good but not outstanding; I have almost no work experience apart from a small amount of ...
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Recreate a job application account due to too many unsuccessful applications?

I have been applying to several jobs via an application tracking system (ie Jobvite, directly from the employer's website, where I upload a tailored resume and cover letter for each position). I have ...
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Application form asks about a criminal record and I'm not sure something counts; how do I fill out the form?

I have a silly suspension of my driver's license on my full driving record for failure to pay a speeding ticket (I just forgot). I paid the ticket and was able to reissue my license. On my full ...
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speculating on applicant's national origin and gender

I have noticed colleagues, when reviewing applicant resumes together, sometimes speculate on the national origin and gender of the applicant (usually based on their name). This seems to be harmless ...
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How should I complete a blank application form? [closed]

I recently applied for a summer internship as a Software Developer at an automotive company in the UK. The first stage of the application was your personal details, academic and employment history; ...