Questions about starting a new job, the etiquette required, and potential pitfalls involved.

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Is the mantra “Employers don't care where you went to school” True? [on hold]

As a soon-to-be university grad from a less than 'prestigious' school. After reading this article Link. I have asked this question to a wide variety of people that I know who responded, to my ...
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How do I handle this new job awkwardness? [closed]

Been at a new job for 3 days, and the boss has a "team building" meeting... at least that's what the meeting request says. I get there, there are cookies and coffee and all of my new team, about half ...
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How much should I help my colleague

I have a colleague who's double my age and sometimes asks questions related to development that I didn't know 6 years back. But given his age and experience, am I doing right to tell him like what ...
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Offered job but still awaiting contract [duplicate]

Last Thursday I had a 2nd interview with a company where during the interview they told me that i got the job and discussed the financial package / benefits. After I agreed to the package offered to ...
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What is the difference between interview and discussion

I applied for a job and they have invited me to their place for a discussion. They informed me there will be a technical discussion and a small project that I will have to do which is part of the ...
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What are the common salary raises factors in German software companies? [closed]

I will start my first job as a software developer in a German company soon. Since I've never had a job before, I don't know much how salaries are increased if an increase is going to happen. I'm ...
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Would it be appropriate, when asked for questions at the end of an interview, to ask what you could have done better in the interview?

Would it be appropriate, when asked for questions at the end of an interview, to ask what you could have done better in the interview? I'm not sure if this comes off wrong, or how I'd think of it, of ...
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What is the first things to do when you start a new job? [closed]

So In a weeks time I will be leaving my current company and heading to fields a new (kind of, will explain further in) The company I work for is a client of the company I am moving to, this was set ...
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How to handle a missing contract

I've received a job offer from a former client with very nice terms, a decent pay check, just all around a great job with people I know and get along with. Coupled with the fact that I may not be very ...
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As a newer employee of a growing company, is it acceptable to apply for a more senior position?

I am a newer employee (less than a year) with a growing company facing change on various organizational levels. My current position is/was a newly created position, that I am well suited for. I have ...
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Manager is asking to do work before start date

A friend of mine is starting a new job in a few weeks. The contract is already signed. The manager just send her an email in the morning asking her to do some work until next day. She currently has ...
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Not being assigned work because project managers don't want the new person [duplicate]

This is long, so here's a summary if you don't want to read: Working for two months in a department where everyone's been working for 10+ years (I'm literally the only new person). Because I'm still ...
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Is it okay to ask current team lead for linkedin recommendation, while seeking new job?

I'm looking for new job. I want to ask my team lead for a linkedin recommendation, so that I can refer to it in interviews( or indirect reference by putting linkedin profile link in CV). But I do not ...
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How do you go about finding a new job after wasting several months not doing any useful? [duplicate]

So basically i wasted 18 months trying to setup a business and it didn't work out. I've had the 2 years experience prior to it in the same field. So how will it affect the chances of finding a new ...
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How to ask my manager to upgrade my hardware? [duplicate]

I'm starting as a new employee as a software engineer in a German company. When I did the interview, I found the hardware pretty old (2011) and the computer seemed slow. It seemed to me that most of ...
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received an e-mail offer from the hiring manager but only “employment guarantee” from HR?

tldr version: I have a job offer in another country, but in the time it has taken to get HR to agree a start date, parts of the offer such as temporary accommodation have changed, and they say I ...
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Should change my job after only 2 month? [closed]

I was working for a marketing company before as a software consultant for their clients after 1 year and 3 month, I decided to get a new job with a better offer which is where I am working now as a ...
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Politely, immediately quit a job after a month? [duplicate]

Before you flag it as a duplicate I think my situation is a bit different from others I've read on here. I am currently in school studying for comp sci and was supposed to get co-op job this summer so ...
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Does an internal move contribute towards the perception of “job hopping”

I have been with my employer for almost 3 years now, but I have only been in my current team for 8 months. Although I love my colleagues and I enjoy the work, apart from a few business-related ...
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How to handle being the new guy with not much to do? [duplicate]

I was hired at the end of April to fill a role for project that is just now starting to ramp up. The first two weeks on the job I spent time completing administrative tasks and various new-hire hr ...
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How productivity or working hours are measured in software development jobs? [closed]

So I will start my job as a software engineer very soon. I've never worked at a company before. What is not clear to me is how people/companies in software development jobs measure their productivity ...
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Asking for feedback early in experience

I've been recently hired to do web development, something that I always had interest in but did not have any experience outside of studying on my own time. I am very thankful for this position and I ...
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How to negotiate salary with a big company? [duplicate]

I am in my mid 20s, working as web developer for one and half year now (junior getting into mid). At the moment I am working in a small agency, been here for 1 year and love the environment (not much ...
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How can I ask for a raise at my internship-turned-full time job?

I obtained an internship at a government healthcare organization doing IT work (my title is IT Technician) which I successfully "completed." They offered to let me stay on for the summer and through ...
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How to avoid looking as a slacker?

So I'm a recent graduate and my first job as a software developer in a German company will start in two weeks and I'm so excited about it. However I'm concerned about one little thing. The team has a ...
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Is there a job in the industry closest to computer science academia?

Before I start explaining the issue I need to stress that I'm trying to be honest and open, so please don't consider me arrogant or so. So I'm a recent master graduate in computer science from a very ...
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Dealing with discrimination at new work [closed]

I'm not a native of the country I work in. Although I have helpful colleagues, a few are sort of into discrimination and seem racist. The company emphasizes its efforts against discrimination and ...
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Should I have a contract already? [duplicate]

Next week, I'm scheduled to start working for three weeks at a local college I attend, but I haven't yet signed an official contract. I'm not trying to see if I have the job. I've already been given a ...
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I have a great job, but I've been offered an even better one [closed]

I have a wonderful job. I've been here just over a year and I love everything about it really. But... I've been offered an even better one. Double the salary, more than double in benefits (cost to ...
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How to handle a missing confirmation email for a job offer?

I recently accepted a job offer at a bank, but did not receive the confirmation email they said they sent. Should I call them now to say I did not get it, or should I wait until my first day? Either ...
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Is there a difference between a software engineer title and a software developer title in Germany? [duplicate]

I was just offered my very first job, it's a new small to medium size company. It has a startup culture and very flexible. Graduated from a German Uni with a masters in CS. My offer is from a German ...
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Are there automatic salary increases in Germany?

I recently accepted a job offer at German software company. My salary in the probation period will be 3000 Euros and then afterwards 3250 Euros. I don't have experience in the industry because i'm ...
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is it okay to take a vacation in the first year of a new job? [duplicate]

Is it okay to take a vacation in the first year of a new job? I just landed a new job as a Software Development Engineer II in a test engineering department I am filling one of three seats. I have a ...
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How to confront about hourly cut after one month on the job or seek a new job without risk of being dropped

I recently took up a job. I was working 9-6 and after a month of training, they decided to cut my hours by 20. This was due to the fact that I was going over to overtime so much from them keeping me ...
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Landed a job recently but got an interview from another company. Should I proceed? [duplicate]

TL;DR I got a job a month ago and have an interview invitation at a better company. How do I proceed with this interview and stay ethical/professional? I used to freelance but it didn't always go ...
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To interview at another company (B) after accepting an offer from company (A) [duplicate]

I am in a little bit of fix. Recently I had been interview by a company "A", and received a job offer from them, which I formally accepted by signing. As with desperate candidates, I had applied to ...
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What are some good ways to negotiate a salary raise? [closed]

Suppose at company A I make X dollars (in thousands). An offer from company B is made for X+1 . What is the best way to negotiate a higher base salary (e.g. X+7 instead)? Would things like ...
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How do you tell a new company you already have scheduled vacation? [duplicate]

I am interviewing for a new job and hoping to get an offer this week. In about one month I am going to be out of town for 10 straight days due to scheduled vacations. When should I tell the new ...
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Requesting time off [duplicate]

I have been working for a company for almost 2 months. The company has a 6 month probation period. Unfortunatly I ran into some legal trouble and will need 10 days off of work. I really don't want to ...
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Is it normal to ask for reading material before starting a new job

I will be starting a new job next month and am a bit worried about the probationary period. I have never worked in this field (financial services) since I have done most of my life in academia ...
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Signing contract on the starting day? Not before?

I've been through a really long hiring process, almost 2 months. After 5 interviews with managers and directors, a psychotechnic evaluation and finally a health analysis, they called me, and told me ...
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Working overtime in Germany

I am about to start my first job as a software developer in a well reputed company in Germany. I have heard plenty of times that one is not allowed to work overtime regularly unless its highly ...
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New team commonly goes for a drink on Friday lunchtime - could attending this event negatively effect me?

I have recently moved to a new team in my company and they often go out for a drink during lunch hour on a Friday. It's only a single drink, but I'm not sure what the rules are regarding this. In ...
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Should I tell my boss I'm leaving before going job-hunting?

Background: I have been working for this company for 4+ years and I feel that it's time for me to move on, find another job that has better benefits and pay, and to experience more growth. I'm in my ...
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What does it mean to be invited to work for three days after an interview?

I interviewed today with a medium-size (around 100 employees) German software company. I solved all the technical questions quite well and I think I did pretty well also with HR questions. My ...
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Switching to a different job immediately after taking a new one [duplicate]

I have been interning for a large company for about two years now. For about the past 6 months, the company has been looking to find someplace to move me into fulltime. They finally found me a new ...
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Complications for a first year employee [closed]

I am currently about 10 months into my job. After few initial months of bootstrapping, our team was assigned to a project. I excelled and there was always pressure from the manager to keep finishing ...
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Learning about project in new job

I started a new job and my manager emailed me several documents, probably about 100 pages in total. They explain the concept behind the program I am a dev for. The first page of the first document I ...
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Is overtime always paid in Germany?

I'm a recent graduate in CS currently living in Germany and looking for jobs as a junior Java developer. So I'm trying to understand more about contracts and things like that. I have the following ...
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What is a probation period in contracts?

I'm a recent graduate in CS currently living in Germany and looking for jobs. So I'm trying to understand more about contracts and things like that. Recently I asked this question The benefits I can ...