Questions relating to the employment process for a new employee.

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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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Testing job candidates

How to test candidates before interview and during the the recruitment process. I want to test personality, aptitude, attitude, position specific knowledge, coachability, soft skills but not sure how ...
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What do people in Human Resources / Hiring think about resumes with skill bars?

This question was asked on graphicdesign.stackexchange.com, but I wanted an HR perspective. See the bottom-right of the resume below.
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Asking for Confirmation of my Upcoming Job Offer

I am currently working a student co-op position at a company. It's like an internship, except I take time off of school to work full-time for the company. This is intended to be three semesters of ...
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Are plain or attention grabbing résumés more effective?

Here are some example résumés. Example 1, most attention grabbing. Example 2, styled but subtle. Example 3, most standard. Is a plain or "attention grabbing" resume more effective? Or perhaps in ...
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difficulty in conversion from intern to permanent

I am recently graduated from college, and started an internship at an government organization in California. I have been working there for about 4 months out of 6 since an intern can only work up to 6 ...
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How do companies hire people for positions where years of experience doesn't correlate to skill?

On every, or nearly every job listing I've seen, a primary qualification of the job is listed as "X-Y years of experience". When was younger, this was frustrating since I thought that my skill ...
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Employers asking for previous addresses

I am new to the job market out of HS and I'm looking for jobs to collect money before I go to college. While filling out multiple forms, I couldn't help but notice how many asked for previous ...
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Bad experience with the organization - should I send an email to that person [closed]

I recently came across a job posted by some non-profit organization(or1) who provides grants to the interns and help students in collaborating with the industry. I sent my resume to that org. and ...
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How to address a Dr. who I just met, when others address them by first name?

I made a new connection for a potential job offer, and let's say is name is Dr. John Smith (he has a PhD). He refers to himself, and others refer to him, as "Dr. John Smith" on his website, blog, and ...
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How much should one promise in an interview [closed]

In an software developer interview you are asked - we have lots of projects, I need you to deliver software from scratch, is that a problem? Some suggested answers: no problem at all If the spec is ...
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Citing Multiple Projects for One Employer

I have worked for an IT Consulting Company for the passed year or so. I have worked on multiple projects (in-house, start to finish) for many different clients. I'm looking for an elegant way to list ...
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Different Resumes versions on the Web (one is “fake”)

I'll start by saying I have a computer science degree, and my first job I got was with a consulting firm who offered to train me in the relevant technologies (under contract). I signed the 16 month ...
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What should I do about the notice period? [closed]

I recently got a job offer and I've already resigned from my current company. Now the problem is that new company wants me to join prior to the date mentioned in my offer letter. I had already made it ...
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Hiring decisions - price vs. experience

Usually HR or staffing agencies ask how much one is making as soon as they start talking with a potential candidate. It has been my experience that if one has a salary on high percentiles, the ...
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How do I highlight my portfolio when applying to jobs that just ask for cover letter and CV?

Stack Overflow careers for example, has a form for the cover letter and a place to upload my resume. Lots of other job aggregators are the same. I've spent a lot of time developing my portfolio and I ...
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Work Experience Mistake on a Resume

About month-and-a-half ago, I submitted my resume and an application for an analyst position. I had some voluntary work experience which I listed under "Professional Experience." Later did I notice my ...
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How to hire a senior developer when no interviewer has that expertise? [duplicate]

I work for a small company that has a very small development team. Before I joined the company was just the one senior developer who has been at the company for almost 10 years and designed and built ...
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When is it appropriate to ask how much I will be paid as an intern?

I applied for several internships (iOS development/programming internship if relevant) where the majority of those internships are paid or have stipends. When is the proper time to ask how much the ...
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Pre-employment assessment testing

I have worked in the property management industry (multi-family) for many years. The industry and hiring practices have changed dramatically. Many companies are using "People Answers" for ...
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Received a job offer but no contract yet. is it wise to go to work before signing the contract

Joining a new firm. Where i am now (UAE) the common practice for employment is as follows you submit for job post if they think they want you they interview you if you pass then they will send you ...
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Does lacking social media (facebook, twitter, etc) look bad to hiring managers? [closed]

Years ago I made a decision to stay off of Myspace. Fast forward several years and I've applied that same decision to Xanga, LiveJournal, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and (as much as I can ...
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Apply for a position with a company via a recruiter. Can I apply for a different position with the same company by myself?

Via a recruiter I applied for a position to a certain company (earlier this week). Today, I have seen that there is another position in the same company and department for which I would like to ...
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What's the most appropriate time in the recruitment process to reveal that you're transgender (in the UK)?

I am a transgender person looking to switch jobs from the one I am currently in to one where I can work as a woman, completing the set of places I need to be accepted in order to live full time as my ...
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What should I do if someone is trying to play 'hard to get'? [closed]

What should I do if someone is trying to play 'hard to get'? I mean, if many companies want to offer A a job, how can I increase the possibility that A will choose for my company?
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Software Engineering industry - In recruiters' point of view, is candidate with MAS degree less competitive than one with MS degree? [closed]

I have a friend who is very interested in embedded system design specifically, and he has been looking for a position in related fields since he graduated with a bachelor degree of Electrical ...
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Is there a professional way to refuse a time-consuming programming task given as a test for a job?

In the context of hiring for software development jobs, I have found that it has become common for companies to assign "programming tests" which tend to be increasingly time-consuming. For example, I ...
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HIring manager won't interview me because a recruiter got involved [closed]

I applied for a position online through the employers website after a strong recommendation by a colleague. A couple of days later a recruiter contacted me about the same position. I took the ...
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Being hired for fortune 500 company via another technical service provider [closed]

In countries like Pakistan, there are companies which do project-based hiring and as soon as projects are finished, so are the jobs. Process of hiring: Get Project From a fortune 500 or big ...
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What benefits do companies gain for hiring contract employees instead of hiring directly?

I was told that some companies usually seek help from manpower agencies (and in particular when it comes to hiring programmers). However, I wasn't able to ask why. I also noticed in some companies ...
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Haven't heard back from the recruiter after Skype interview. What's a good way to word my enquiry? [duplicate]

I had a Skype interview on a Friday(last week) and the interview was for a job abroad. The interview went fine fortunately I could answer most questions correctly. In the end I discussed how the ...
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Interview: Should I admit to a typo on my resume?

I realized I made a typo on my resume after submitting. Instead of writing: Engineer in Training I wrote: Engineering in Training Luckily the typo is on the second page of my resume so it ...
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Under what circumstances should you try to bypass a 3rd-party recruiter's rejection?

I would like people to tell me under what circumstances, if ever, it can make sense to bypass a 3rd-party recruiter who has rejected you for a position and try to contact the hiring managers directly. ...
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How can I mitigate private information available on Google about me but posted by others?

A friend has shared some information that could be interpreted negatively about me in his blog. While you will probably not run across the page by itself, it is rather out in the open when Googling ...
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How can I tell if my Social Security card has an employment restriction?

My Social Security card looks like this: My employer wants to see a "Social Security Account Number Card Without Employment Restriction." I'm not exactly sure what the "Employment Restriction" ...
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How to cope with multiple rejections [closed]

For the last two weeks, I have been interviewed by many companies but I got negative feedback from all. I'm feeling down. I gave my best, even I cleared written tests and preliminary rounds with no ...
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Can I apply to a software developer job of 1 year required experience with my 1 year of technical support job experience? [duplicate]

From past few days I was searching on this topic on the internet but no article was enough to help me decide what to do in my situation. I have already visited lots of Workplace questions including ...
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Interviewed for govt. job; HR wants *official* transcript [closed]

So I interviewed for a U.S. local government job via phone on July 10. Prior to the interview the hiring manager explicitly asked for a faxed copy of my transcript, so I sent her one. I didn't hear ...
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Followup after a phone interview?

I had a short phone interview with the head of a small company this morning, it was more of a "see-who-this-person-is" type of call prior to meeting in person. The call ended with us agreeing to meet ...
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Omit Junior from job title on resume - likely outcome?

My job title is currently Junior Software Engineer. When I sent out my CV with the title Software Engineer instead, I received a much better response. If I get offered a role I applied for with ...
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Job Ad says “Give us an idea of your ideal starting salary” [duplicate]

I came across a job ad that says to give them an idea of the salary I wanted through the cover letter. What I was hoping to do was leave out the salary part in the cover letter, then discuss it when ...
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How do you counter the argument that “Arrogance isn't a blocker”? [closed]

We (a group of developers and managers) were discussing whether we should hire a certain candidate. There were several interviewers from different nations (American, Britain, and the Middle East). ...
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Applying for 2 different jobs in same company?

I have registered with 2 recruiting companies few months before. Now I have been called from both recruiting companies for 2 different vacancies, but same Employer. For 1 vacancy my CV has shortlisted ...
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Should you preemptively explain the reason for your short employment in the cover letter?

I will start applying for jobs soon, but my experience will have a recent 3 month long work in a single company (which from what I have learned, is a general bad impression). Should I preemptively ...
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When to let potential empoyers know I'm trans?

As a bit of background, I'm a rising high school senior in the Boston area. I plan on skipping college and going straight into a career of software development, most likely sticking around Boston. ...
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Job offer from a place which recently held layoffs - how do I interpret? [closed]

I received an offer from a prospective employer recently, with competitive terms that I am considering accepting. One interesting detail is that they recently had layoffs, particularly in the ...
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Three months on new job but just offered new one, do I tell new employer about it or do I leave it out? [duplicate]

I am in need of advice in my situation. I left my job after being there for two years, and started a new job three months ago. I've just gotten a new job offer that is much better. I would love to ...
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Can you lose admission/job offer due to few day delay in passport?

I was recently admitted at a university in Netherlands. I got admission into the Phd program, so I am considered as the employee of the university with salary and every other employment benefit. I ...
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How to prepare for people who have been made offers not joining [closed]

You have a vacancy and you go through resumes, interview people & you finally make an offer to someone for the job. They accept and say they will join in a month's time. Now 10 days before the ...
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Should i wait or call after 2 weeks of application? [closed]

I have applied for a federal job that I am extremely interested in. I already contacted the HR there by phone within 5 days of applying, to check on the progress. I was told that within 2 weeks they ...