Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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How can I find out from an interview if the manager is a micromanager?

I am about to go into an interview in a few days for a job in the IT field. My current employer is a micromanager and I am wanting to make sure this new employer is not. What kind of subtle questions ...
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How to prepare for an interview for a different position than I applied for?

A few weeks ago I applied for a junior position. Everything went great, from the group interview to the personal interview with the manager. Yesterday they contacted me and told me that they are ...
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Is it good idea to send email to HR highlighting achievements?

I am looking forward to switch to some better organizations. 2 weeks ago I gave a very thorough technical interview at a company and I did well in it. I was called for final meeting with GM a few days ...
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Big move for a new job - how to make sure I'd fit well?

Today I had a phone/video interview for a position in another town, quite a bit away from where I live. I'd be okay to move there, my wife has lived there for a while and we know it's nice, our kids ...
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Unavailable for a phone interview and they haven't called back to reschedule. How to remind them politely?

I could not attend a telephonic interview since I was in a driving class when they called. I have since sent them an email apologizing and provided a better time at which she could call me (at their ...
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Including follow up salary information in a thank you email?

During an HR interview over the phone (but this is well into the process, I've met with 7 people already in the past weeks I've progressed to the final round next week) I was asked point blank "what ...
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What are the advantages of walk-in or in person interviews over online video interviews?

I am asking from the perspective of interviewer but am also interested in views from interviewee perspective if they can help. Are there certain positions where an in-person interview is preferred ...
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why is interviewing at software companies such a pretentious affair? [closed]

Could someone explain why is interviewing at software companies such a pretentious affair? Why do they ask questions like why are you interested even when sometimes they are the ones who initiate the ...
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Is it appropriate, while initial screening, the HR asks about your age?

I'd received a call from an HR of a consulting firm a couple of days back. Along with my current CTC, expected CTC, she also asked a question about my DOB. I'm a female. I had never encountered such ...
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Should I use a technical challenge when hiring for a junior position?

My team is looking to expand and we are ready to hire two junior developers to become permanent members of our group. We won't mind a graduate just off college with a basic understanding of ...
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Best time to tell your manager that you are quitting issue

Before you downvote this question due to the fact that other similar exist, pay attention to my specific problem: I know that is best to keep it a secret when you are having interview for another job ...
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What should I say about health problems that impact my interview performance?

Here's the general question: how should I approach job interviews when experiencing physical health problems which negatively impact my ability to perform at an interview? What do I disclose or not ...
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As an employer, what's the optimal number of interviews to hold?

I want to know if there's any research out there on the optimal number of times you should call candidates in for an interview. Failing that, I'll hear personal opinions. One of my coworkers at the ...
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Wasn't given time to ask questions in interview and now given job offer

Yesterday I had a job interview doing software development for a branch of the government. Though it went well, I was certain I didn't get the job as they were looking for someone who was highly ...
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How to interview a former superior?

I'm a programmer who's now in a management position, and I've recently gained a fair amount of experience interviewing programmers. I feel very comfortable with the interview process and conduct my ...
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Answering request for salary requirement after interview, but before offer: did I handle this poorly?

I recently had an interview that I thought went very well. The manager that I interviewed with asked me to email him the following day with my salary requirements. We had not discussed salary or ...
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Reapplying to a Job after 2 months?

I had an interview at Apple around the first week of February and it is now April 2015. The position was really attractive, not even so much because it is Apple, but because it is something I am ...
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How to convince potential employers that I was not laid off due to poor performance

I worked in a big company, and was laid off during the company restructure, along with 2000 other employees. This was well covered in the news. It was definitely not because of my poor performance; ...
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How is Skype screenshare used in interviews and on-the-job?

I have an interview soon for a programming job. I was told that we'd have a call with screenshare at 5pm. For anyone who has had a screenshare interview, how did the interviewer use screenshare to ...
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Recruiter changed mind

I am using this fresh account, because my own is linked to my real name. Sorry. I am not satisfied with my current job, so I have sent CV to a major software firm in my city. They responded, gave me ...
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How Far In Advance Is It Wise/Reasonable To Interview For A Job/Internship

I am currently looking for an internship, and I have already done research into a number of different companies I would be interested in working for. One of these companies has posted a position ...
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Should I mention in a job interview that my family owns a competing firm?

First some background: My parents are managing (CEO and CFO) a company of 400 employees. They have started it ages ago and they are its owners. It is not a huge multinational corporation, but it is ...
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What if someone claims to have a degree they don't have? [closed]

Ok, so the title is not how it's suggested, I know the point of having a degree, I obtained two which I worked very hard to get. The question that I am trying to ask, or, the point that I'm trying ...
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Presentation about a complex problem for a Second-Stage Job Interview [closed]

I will soon be attending a second stage job interview with an IT firm specializing in security systems and financial fraud prevention. I have been asked to prepare a 20 minute presentation regarding ...
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Interviewing with Other Companies a Week into Starting New Job [duplicate]

So I'm a new graduate who took months to find a new job. Recently I interviewed, and was very quickly hired, for a semi-decent job which I was more grateful for getting than anything. The work culture ...
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Called to a job interview, done, no contact with the company any more [duplicate]

I was called into a job interview (I was contacted by them, not I applied for the job initially). We did it ready. The boss said, they will contact me in days with the result. It happened since more ...
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Different salaries given to me between 2nd and 3rd interview

I had a second interview with just the Principal and at the end he told me that the expected salary range was $35 an hour (I currently make $25). He was very open and I left happy with the salary. ...
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Is it OK to reneg on an accepted internal offer?

So I have a question which I hope has a right answer. Essentially what I'm asking here is for the professional norm. I currently work for a large company, and am interviewing at other teams within ...
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Employer has changed offer after I already accepted

I got a job offer from a reputable company that I have accepted after negotiating with the technical manager who I will be reporting to. Strangely, I got a call today from the HR telling me that there ...
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Mistake on the email reply? [closed]

I'm worried that mistake I'd committed on my reply to an email might be taken wrongly: His reply - Please assured be that we will update when we have the orders. My reply - Please be assured- ...
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Is inquisitiveness a desirable trait for mid-level positions? If so, how do I express it during an interview?

Firstly, I want to know: how much do interviewers value inquisitiveness in a candidate for a mid-level (technical) position? Secondly, I was told that the purpose of interview is to determine my fit ...
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How to inform an interviewer that my current job requires a 2 month notice period

I had an interview recently for a job that will start in a little more than 2 months. The interview went well, and I think the interviewer is interested, as she's been in touch with me regarding the ...
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how do employers see freelancers? [closed]

As I worked in Indian IT industry, recruiters sees freelancers as the one who are incompetent or who did not get work in any company.There is a stigma attached to it.As I am currently working as a ...
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How should I answer during a job interview that my availability has changed

I was actively looking for a summer internship. However, last week, I learned that I was accepted to an MS program that I must start in the Spring 2016 semester. After moving to the U.S., I have not ...
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Is it a good sign when a potential employer asked me to contact current team members after interviewing for an un-posted job

A few days ago, I had an interview for a job that was not posted online. I got the interview opportunity thanks to my friend's referral. If I were hired, the interviewer would be my direct boss (so he ...
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Potential employer is uncontactable [duplicate]

I have recently applied to position X at a company. However they saw that I was more interested in field Y as listed on my CV so also put me forward to position Y which I previously did not see on ...
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Realized made a mistake when I took my last job. How do I approach other companies after rejecting their offers?

Six months ago, I had three offers on the line, and I chose the one I thought was a better fit for me. However, this company was horrible and had some ethical issues going on. As an accountant, I ...
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How to ask for a decision after an interview?

I am really interested in working for the particular company but think that it does not make sense to wait any longer. A substantial amount of time has passed and I have already other offers. Is it ...
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Interviewing at the same company after accepting verbal offer

I have received a verbal offer and have verbally accepted the offer for a new position within the same company where I currently work. The written offer is contingent on a reference from my current ...
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Mentioned Client name on CV, would be be a problem during the HR interview?

I'd worked with a leading IT Services company before, now on my CV I have mentioned one of the Client names that I had worked for a longer duration while I was with this company. I've applied to ...
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How to reply to very broad and open ended interview questions [duplicate]

I had a phone interview today and some of the questions I had difficulty answering. tell me a little bit about your self describe what makes you, you in a nut shell what do you know about us? why do ...
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How to deal with an interviewer who is wrong on technical answers, but doesn't let you explain? [duplicate]

I attended interviews for the position of Android Developer in two different companies. I knew my answer was right, but the interviewer was incorrect leading to him thinking that I have answered ...
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Show Contract Work to Potential Employers Under NDA

I'm seeking a full-time position as an iOS Software Engineer. I'm currently finishing a contract to build an iPhone app for an individual. Because the market this individual's app is penetrating is ...
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What is the outlook for an older, recent college graduate to be hire worthy?

So, I'm in my early 40s and I've recently finished my undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. I achieved this while working a full-time job for a major tech company. ...
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Is it ethical to provide information when not a reference?

Short version: I was asked to provide information about a previous co-worker by someone involved in the hiring process at the company to which they are applying, and I am not a reference for this ...
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Why do interviewers focus so much on why you want the job? [duplicate]

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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How to answer this question in a job interview [duplicate]

I'm recently graduated and I'm actually unemployed from a short term project which lasted a few months, i don't have the one year of experiencie required and this question always gets me nervous, ...
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Interview went well no call back Do I call the hiring manager? [duplicate]

I just had an interview with a company I am very interested in. The hiring manager hinted that he will make a decision first thing in the morning on Monday. I was hoping to get a call all day and ...
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What motivation to give for a job (far) below my level

Currently, it's not that easy to find a job. I have 2 degrees (Electrical Engineering and Business Administration). Because it does not seem like I will find a job doing anything I studied for, I'm ...
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Got an offer from a software company: may *I* ask for a code sample now? [duplicate]

I know this question will raise eyebrows and I kind of enjoy it. I passed the interview with a company making software, and got an offer. May I ask for a sample of their codebase? The reason is that ...