Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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Would drinking alcohol (when offered) during a meal that is part of an interview be likely to affect the perceptions of the interviewer?

A lengthy interview included lunch at a restaurant with one of the managers who had been interviewing me. The company with whom I was interviewing provides management consulting and other services for ...
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Negotiating 3x or 4x current salary after Glassdoor research

This question may sound silly from the title. Actually the title was intentional. Let me invent round numbers to explain. I currently work for a company that pays 50 in a small country/city where you ...
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Close Graduation Hindering Job Hunt [on hold]

I am an experienced electronics technician in the USA and 6 months away from graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science. I'm also not working now and need to find a job quickly. My problem is that ...
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Should I say that I took Japanese classes in college, or that I learned Japanese by living there?

My most marketable skill is speaking Japanese. In fact, all of my jobs have been in Japan. While technically I did take Japanese classes in college, I never really studied. My marks were so bad, I ...
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How to handle the cost of looking for a job in a new city?

I'm planning to move to a new location in the UK and have started applying there. I'm worried that when I start being asked for interviews, it will be very expensive and time consuming to attend them. ...
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Can we ask candidates for the marketing strategy they'll use if they are hired?

We were conducting interviews for a new marketing position in our company. My co-founder and I previously did the marketing work on the side but since our workload is increasing we decided to hire ...
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How to send a reminder message to schedule meeting | Linkedin

I am setting up an informational interview with a director of a firm. I approached the person to which they replied that they were happy to read my message and would like to offer me time and asked me ...
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Sent a follow up email and I received a reply stating that she would contact me in a week regarding my hours. But i haven't heard back [duplicate]

As from my question above. I am really unsure if i want to follow up and again and look pushy or just leave it. I am not sure what to say as well if I do follow up.
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Interview - show apps in google play / appstore or web platforms with login from former employer [closed]

Am I allowed to show apps (not code) in production that I've implemented for former employer in a job interview?
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How to do a social media marketing test with no background in social media marketing? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the best stack exchange to post this on, and if not, please direct me to the right place! I applied for a job I wasn't 100% qualified for. The job requires a lot more social ...
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A programming task is scaring off candidates, should we ditch it?

It is the first time that I am doing HR, and we are looking for a developer. The selection process is three rounds: technical phone interview, programming task (0.5 - 1 hr challenge), and then finally ...
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What kind of headphones are appropriate for a Skype interview? [closed]

One of the initial interviews is often a Skype interview. Audio and video quality are important. What should I keep in mind when setting up my audio devices for a Skype interview? I think speakers ...
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A second person at a company contacted me about my application after I already had my first interview there. How do I respond?

Last week I interviewed with a company. The interview went well, and right now I'm working on a test to show the company my skills. Today I received an e-mail from someone else in the company saying ...
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Intern Turned Full Time, Time Obligation Considered Job Hopping?

I am a recent college graduate of less than 1 year. For 3 years during my schooling I was employed by a company as an intern during the summer and winter breaks. The company would provide aide while ...
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Branch manager position - interviewed twice with dm [duplicate]

Had 2 interviews was told im the guy. Told about potential comp and met the head executive and was told just wait for a call from hr . How long until this call comes in?
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Is it wrong to give a specific time when asked for your availability for an interview?

I recently had an interview with a recruiter. The interview was ok and today I received an email about a follow-up interview. The interviewer asked for my availability for the next week. I replied ...
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Should I hand over my current business card in a job interview?

Is it a good idea to bring your current companies business card to a new job interview?
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Interviews held just to get information from applicants

I went on an interview the other day, and it seemed to go well. The position was for a webmaster to maintain a site, improve the search engine optimization (SEO), all that good stuff... In the ...
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Post telephone interview blues [closed]

I had an unexpected phone interview. This phone call took place after the first phase of the interview which I passed. I stupidly agreed to take the call even thought the time and place wasn't ...
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Why would interviewers ask graduates if they want a master's degree?

As a bachelor student looking for a job, I get this question a lot. I tell them that I maybe want a masters degree later, but looking to gain experience for now. Is my answer bad because they fear I ...
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No answer after a job interview [duplicate]

I was contacted by a company for a position which is not even published on their website, and I have had 5 interviews with them. For the last and final round of interviews, they paid for my train to ...
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Customize cover letter to interviewer name?

Last week I applied for Co-op position at a company, they requested that I address the cover letter to someone on the online posting. This week I received word that I would have the interview, and I ...
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Should I send a second follow-up email to schedule an interview?

10 days ago, I received an e-mail on a Friday from a potential employer offering me a Skype interview for a position I applied for. They said directly, "I'd like to speak with you this coming week," ...
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Why is a non-competing company I interviewed at not responding to my attempts at communicating in a business context?

In late 2014 I interviewed at a nearby company. The interview went well, but afterward when it came time to discuss compensation, my requirements apparently made the interstitial recruiter angry. The ...
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Should I attend a job interview with the intention of declining? [duplicate]

I have been offered an interview (I did not apply for) for an entry level position at Company B. My current job has many benefits. Free education, good salary, slightly shorter working hours and I ...
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Interview Questions gone wrong [closed]

I recently had an telephone interview with an engineering consultancy based in the UK. Generally it was easy, some questions about myself, about why I was interested in the industry and a couple ...
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How do I handle interviews nicely if I don't like HR? [closed]

In my country, it is common culture for HR to be insulting. They will ask illegal questions. They will make you jump through hoops, not to prove your skill, but to prove you really want the job. The ...
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What happens during 'meet the team' days?

I am a software developer based in UK and I recently passed 5 interviews with a company based in the Silicon Valley (Sales support and prototyping, broadly speaking). I have been invited to fly over ...
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When interviewing a candidate who you know will not be considered, should you tell them immediately? [duplicate]

If you're interviewing a candidate, and it becomes apparent during the interview that they will not end up getting the job, should you end the interview immediately and tell them on the spot that they ...
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Explaining incorrect responses during interviews, should we do it?

I recently wrapped up an interview with a very young and unprepared internship candidate. He got a lot of the questions wrong, even the very easy ones, and would frequently inquire about how to solve ...
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Strategies for filtering candidates where you can't do or trust a background check

I have a strange situation where I have had to take over a network from a newly employed IT professional (4 months) because he now is in jail pending serious fraud charges (unrelated to the job). I ...
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Offered a job without an interview [closed]

Just like normal processes. We submitted CV through online jobs search sites. Then we got a response for the receipt of CV. Then the next thing, we received a JOB CONTRACT, which is overwhelming! It ...
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Write code during interview [closed]

I am a Web Developer in Germany, and until now I never had to write code in interviews. Usually I show my github account or existing web pages as reference. But now it looks like this will be part ...
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How overcome lack of experience in native tools [closed]

I'm in the beginning process of looking for something new in my career. I am a ios/android engineer with about 3 years experience in mobile development and I think I've really rocked out my first few ...
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Applying for position B while waiting on interview results for Position A at the same company [duplicate]

If I'm waiting for the results of an interview, is it okay to apply for a different position a the same company?
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How can I help a “meet the team” interview to succeed?

We are looking for a third developer. I have reviewed the applications, conducted initial on-site interviews with the most interesting applicants (classic interview questions, FizzBuzz etc.) and, ...
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“Senior developer” interviewed by junior questions, Or: where is the beef? [closed]

I feel that often the title "senior programmer/developer" is used to entice less-than-senior programmers into a company, while not paying them according to the title "senior" - after all they "don't ...
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Are pre-interview “tests” common for frontend development positions?

I'm a full stack developer (whatever that means, I'm a code monkey tbh) and I'm trying to break into frontend dev positions. One company that nibbled on my resume is asking me to take a "test" to ...
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How do I answer “How did I do?” questions in phone interviews?

I interview candidates for a technical development position pretty regularly. As an optimization to our interview process - we have a 20 minute phone interview step before we invite candidates to an ...
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Addressing gaps in employment [duplicate]

I left my previous employer a couple of months ago. How do I explain the gap in my resume in an interview, or answer the question, "Why did you leave your previous position," if anyone asks? I've ...
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Finding a new job without using vacation days for interviews? [duplicate]

Background I am currently in the last year of my traineeship. I am currently working in europe but I came from asia. So my family is far away from me. Last time I saw them was last summer. Problem ...
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How can I politely turn down the exit interview?

I already know that there is no benefit in being honest or in giving good suggestions to improve things at the company as no change will be applied from the exit interview suggestions. I also do not ...
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Dropped out from my first year college and then took admission next year in bsc it. Now in last year what should I explain to the recruiters? [duplicate]

After my 12th I took admission for BSC course. I passed the first semester but I got failed in 2 subjects and didn't gave one exam because I was never interested in the stream. Then in the next year I ...
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“Tell me about your accomplishments in your previous role”

I'm a young software developer (2 years in the field). When interviewing, I am often asked to mention recent accomplishments. And to this day I cannot think of more than one example that truly stands ...
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Should I disqualify candidates if they Google the answer and type it verbatim in a phone screen?

I am a new interviewer and am trying to learn how to screen a good candidate from a bad one. I had a case in which the candidate looked up the answer to my question on the internet and after just ...
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Do I risk losing an interview if I can't pay the trip?

I am based in UK and I got invited to the US for a 4-days trip as part of a job application. However, travel and accommodation would cost me more than two grand, which I can't afford right now. I ...
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How to hide job hunting from current employer? [closed]

I have decided to leave my current employer (see this: Am I bad employee or bad fit or Did I pick I bad job/career for me?) and I have completed a few phone interviews/screens and attended 2 face to ...
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How to interview for a job in the tech industry, with long hours and without a formal PTO policy at current job?

There are questions about "how to interview with a job, when you already have a job". These boil down to a few suggestions, which are difficult to apply in my situation: "Use a vacation day". My ...
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Is this behavior job hopping? If not, how to make that clear? If it is, how can I address this?

So, in my last year of schooling, I got a job at the school cafeteria which was dependent on my student status, which therefore only lasted 9 months. A year ago I graduated with a CS degree, and even ...
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Can I use a sample project I did for an interview in my portfolio?

As a programmer, I'm often given sample projects or other homework when interviewing for jobs. Most of these projects are solutions to puzzles or other small coding assignments, but sometimes I spend ...