Questions referring to how one presents themselves and interacts with others in a professional environment

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I think I smelled whiskey in a colleague's cup at work. What do I do?

So I was helping a colleague to fix a bug and definitely smelled whiskey in his cup. I have no idea what my company’s policy is on alcohol while working, but can only assume it’s frowned upon. What’s ...
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Declining reoccurring informal team events

Possibly related to this thread about declining participation. However I don't feel like the answers fully suit my case, and as the details are different, so perhaps the answers will be. I am ...
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How do I let my boss know that more work went into something than he thinks?

A few weeks ago my boss made a suggestion for the company website aimed to increase search engine placement for some new keywords. The website is solely within my remit, so I took care of his request. ...
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Is It Proper To Put Code In Slides For Technical Presentation for Interview?

Im doing a technical presentation for a job interview and the topic is the following: Minimizing Real-Time Data Stream Latency: Node.js and Asynchronous Operations I've done some very thorough ...
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How do I deal with a co-worker who is constantly late, leaving early, or taking long lunches, forcing myself and my colleagues to cover for her?

I work in a preschool, and I have one co-worker who is consistently late coming in to work, leaving early, calling in "sick," or taking lunches that run long - to give you an idea, she is classified ...
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I got the business plan approved. Am I not a team player if the boss gets one of his favourites to run the business?

CEO asked me to present the business plan, because my boss couldn't present a good one. The plan was later approved. The boss now wants to split it into several parts and get his favourite folks to ...
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Shake hands with how many people?

When the interview is over, I usually shake hands with everyone. This time, there was a jury of 8 people. Time was limited to 45 minutes. Surely they want to take notes etc. before the next candidate ...
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How can i communicate more clearly and confidently at work? [on hold]

I work in a large team. I usually have to give status of my tasks done to my superior everyday. then. Many times my superior has told me that i dont work with confidence and am always confused. I feel ...
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Social conduct with wearing headphones [on hold]

From your experience, if you wear headphones at the office how do you feel then?Is it social or anti-social?
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My coworker left his garbage in my cubicle. How can I get him to remove it?

I currently work in a room with two others. The room is a little cramped and my coworker got a new table six weeks ago. The table came in parts and was self-assembled. Once assembled he failed to make ...
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How to explain issues of momentum

I am a Web Developer, full-time, but that isn't so much important. At my current gig, and at previous jobs really, there is this issue of not dividing up work and planning for it far enough ahead of ...
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How could I have better handled this problem project?

I was working on a project with two other people, one of whom wasn't putting in any effort at all. Since our modules were different I didn't care about his work at first. After finishing my modules I ...
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Should I spell my surname phonetically?

I am in the process of designing my first batch of business cards and considering putting the phonetic spelling of my surname beside it, in a faded font. My surname is foreign (much like me). What I ...
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Not getting confirmation for an internship

I had an interview for a internship last week. They told me, I will get the internship and I will get an email from their recruting manager "the next days". Now 9 days have passed and I haven't ...
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What is the likely professional impact of requesting an internal transfer because of a bad manager?

I work for a company in north Africa that is owned by a bigger company in UK. Reporting hierarchy: Me-->my local manager-->development manager in UK-->IT manager in UK. I'm preparing to request to be ...
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Connecting on Linkedin with people from other companies you work with

Say your company works for others. In a certain moment, you are involved in some of these businesses, by being present in negotiations and setting up the final product in the client offices. There, ...
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How can I deal with colleagues in a new setting skewing numbers for personal gain?

I have been with my company for over 5 years and have been in a management role for 3. I recently took a new position in another department as a Team Manager. Besides myself, there are 5 other ...
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Maintaining Online presence with uncommon name

I'm almost entirely sure, that out of 7 billion people, I'm the only person in the world with my name. As such, a quick google will pick up absolutely everything about me there is on the internet, ...
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What should i put on my resume as i have left the business to my other partners?

I had started a business in partnership and after 7 months left it and it is still running. How can I fill up this gap on my resume?
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How to communicate in your portfolio that code has been modified since you deployed it?

It is inevitable that as a web developer, you publish a site and then someone else takes over updating and editing the site. How do you say in your portfolio, that you are responsible for the code up ...
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deal with a coworker who just didn't seem to get it

We have recently hired a new mid-level QA person, and the in the first few weeks, he did fine and seemed to catch up decently in training/learning of the product. When we finally assigned him "real" ...
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How to answer client after weekend?

Actually I want to send an email to my client after weekend. So I am confused that is it formal to say "Hope you had a nice weekend". I want to write an email in professional way because I can't lose ...
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How to respond to interview questions that are on topic but very bizarre, and asking for clarification doesn't help

I had an interview for an IT position with the government and it had some very bizarre questions: list components of software and hardware (do you just want a random list?) define spam and firmware ...
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Is it okay to not include “À l’attention de” in a “lettre de motivation”?

I'm required to write a French "lettre de motivation" for an internship in a French school. I don't know the name of the director of the school or HR manager or their gender, bearing in mind that I ...
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Is it ok to quote my HR during salary negotiation?

I am having a salary negotiation meeting with my HR and CEO this week. Preface : The company is moving to new office in a better city. They want people to move and I have kind of mentioned my interest ...
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How to handle moving to new office of the same company? [closed]

I work at a company which is moving to a new office in a better city. Moving to new office for current employees is voluntary and optional. I know they want people to move to new office. How to handle ...
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How to ask for a reference?

I am an engineer in Germany and currently working for a consulting company. Last summer, as I was involved in company X project but had a bit a free time, a colleague (from the consulting company) ...
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Boss's son does no work at all, how to handle it [duplicate]

We have a colleague who, quite frankly, does not work. The only exception is when the boss asks him to do a specific job; in this instance, he will do it (although usually in 5 minutes but make out ...
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What professional organizations are available for programmers? [closed]

I'm interested in seeing what computer software related professional organizations are out there and which ones are helpful for the careers of programmers. I've joined the ACM (Association for ...
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How do I professionally respond to questions like “how do I get a well paying job?” or “how can I create a social network?” [closed]

As a young director at an IT company which develops apps (people consider me well paid and good in app development), students and recent grads around my age (I'm still in my early 20's so I meet a lot ...
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How to convey I'm innocent when client thinks I'm responsible for missing data?

I have a remote client that I'm contracted for adding new features to their training website. Half way through the project, my client notified me that some data was missing for a two month period (I ...
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What obstacles are there, from an employer's view, to change contract from hourly to salary and how do I overcome those?

Question: What reasons might my employer have to decline my request for salary, and how can I refute these? Background: I have been with my employer for a little over a year. I am a designer, ...
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Boss found and read secret document with very personal content [closed]

The following very awkard situation took place: Over the past year, I was fed up with my boss. I created an "adversary image" in my head of "me against my boss". I wanted to deal with this ...
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How to handle my boss suddenly not responding in the middle of conversation

Here's a (representative) conversation we just had. We were in the middle of a conversation about something else, where he did answer me - it's not like he was looking at code or doing something and ...
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What is the best way to prepare to coach a junior in software development? [closed]

I've recently been asked by my superior to coach a junior developer. I'm thrilled about it and love the prospect. I have a bit of experience in coaching a Junior (once in the past) but I would like to ...
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Should I tell interviewing company I got laid off when between two sets of interviews with them?

I had a few interviews with a company which were very promising and then I got laid off at my current job which I had for 4 months. I have another set of interviews with the interviewing company this ...
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Is it ethical to cancel an interview if the company has already paid for my travel expenses/

If I've agreed to do a final interview where the company is flying me out, but I've decided that the company is not a fit for me and that I am certain to reject any offers, should I cancel the ...
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What do I do about programmers abusing power? Should I do anything? [closed]

Our programmers have given themselves "god mode" accounts in the online game we develop, and just fly around the world following people around. Players do not, nor have they ever had access to flight. ...
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When to tell my employer about me working somewhere after end of contract

I have freelancing like agreement that says that I work on project for 3 months. I am start working somewhere else just after this project. My boss wants to hire me after this project. When and How do ...
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Interviewing when hiring manager is relatively new to the process

Throughout the hiring process, I have interviewed many times with different hiring managers, but these people were relatively experienced in the interviewing process. Many types of interviewers can be ...
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Advice on handling networking opportunity professionally

Some background: A year ago, I got laid off from a non-programming type of job. They were putting me through graduate school for Computer Engineering, and got my MS. I programmed a fair amount in ...
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Claiming overtime for client visits [closed]

Last week I had to go and visit a client, which required me to stay overnight. I was given very little notice and had evening plans which I had to cancel. On the car journey up to the client visit, I ...
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Should I send a “goodbye” email to client's employees who I worked with?

I am employed by a consulting company (let's call them Initech), and have been deputed to work for a client (call them Acme). I have been working out of Acme's office, almost since the time Initech ...
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How do I turn down an offer, if I have already signed an agreement?

I got a job offer from company A, thus I have tendered my 2 months resignation notice to my current company. I still have one more month to go till I join the new company. But today I have received my ...
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How to handle coworker who breaks my Do Not Disturb signal (opens my closed office door)

I rarely close my office door, but when I do, it is usually for a reason (I am busy or stressed or need to focus, and closed off environment helps me do just that). There is a coworker who ...
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Selling software (Service, not acquisition) to my own employer [closed]

I'm a software developer, and like most I work on side projects in my personal time. In theory, one of these may one day be relevant to my own company (especially since I'm more likely to get a good ...
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Legal implications of being unable to start a job after signing an offer [closed]

I currently have a job offer with big company B. The start date in the contract is due for 8 months from now. I'm thinking on accepting the offer, but I'm concerned about what would it happen, if for ...
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HR asking me to fill a form with my personal details for the office's directory, but I don't want to share my cell phone number with coworkers

I don't mind giving my personal information to the HR staff, but they want to publish my residential and cell phone number in the office directory. I don't have a residential phone, and I am not ...
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What is the professional way to deal with my manager's boss? [closed]

When I joined this company. I was hired and put in direct report to my manager. After a while my manager's boss a.k.a the director starts to communicate with me. At first it was merely project ...
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Is it appropriate for my manager to give me an expensive item for free?

My manager showed me a (relatively) new smartphone. I estimate it to be 1-2 years old. It's used, and he said it was a company phone that has been replaced. He asked if I want it, because my own ...