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Questions about deciding who to employ in an organization. Hiring is about bringing in new employees generally.

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Making a job offer to a candidate while privately advising them to decline

I work at a small technology company (12 employees). This past summer I managed a bright, talented intern (a rising college senior) who did great work. My boss (the CEO) and others in the company ...
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How can we handle overqualified applicants for an entry level position?

My company is interviewing several people for an entry-level programming position later this week. We have a couple of applicants that appear to be overqualified (they both could apply to senior level ...
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Should I share my opinion of my former manager (from a different company) who's interviewing to be my new manager?

I previously worked under "Mr Jones", who was a terrible team leader/manager - no shielding from stakeholders, no support with issues, promised the world to stakeholders and the team but never ...
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How and when should I disclose that I'm deaf?

I was born profoundly deaf. I am struggling to be hired as a software programmer (Bachelor Science in Computer Science graduated in 2012). I have been employed from time to time but finding long-term ...
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Does diversity provide anything that meritocracy does not?

I'm hoping my question is less broad than this one. I work in tech and see many emails about diversity from our upper management. In some sense, I can see this being used as a PR tactic: management ...
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Rejected in the fourth interview round, citing insufficient years of experience [closed]

I have been interviewing with a very prominent software company, having completed one HR and two technical rounds (one with the team's manager) before. In the fourth round (coding round) I did very ...
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Getting an entry level IT position later in life

I'm at a crossroads in my life and need some help. Long story short, in a couple of years both my children will be in the later stages of their schooling and will no longer need me to do the school ...
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Is it unethical to not hire somebody because of their body odor?

Recently I encountered a candidate for a job that has a notable problem with body odor. This person is an intern so I've worked with them for a while, and can say for sure that the issue is consistent....
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What is the rationale of not offering an existing employee a salary as large as the one offered to a new one?

The following happened several years ago when working in another company, but same policy is also used where I work. One of the managers had to fill up one position for some kind of technical support ...
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What do I do when my boss is sabotaging interviews?

I work in New Mexico, USA. My position is supposed to be one of a team of four, but we have never been fully staffed in the two years I have worked here. This is because we have high turnover due to ...
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Is there a minimum number of candidates that need to be interviewed before a decision is made? [closed]

Sometimes certain interviews feel like they're not actually seriously considering me for the role. For example, I had an interview the other day over Zoom. They said they were impressed by all the ...
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Applicants clearly not having the skills they advertise

I work in a small (~25 FTE) ICT company related to energy infrastructure in Germany, Europe. I've recently been promoted to Department leader due to the people above me moving on, and thus have ...
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How can I accept a job offer after rejecting it?

I am graduating with an industrial engineering degree in May, and I got a job offer from a military branch up in Maine. The military flew me up to the base, and I just felt at home and like I could ...
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Boss hiring new employee for responsibilities promised to me. How can I deal with this?

Recently my boss told me privately a new coworker would be joining us shorty. In this talk, he revealed to me that the tasks this new coworker would perform would be traveling abroad to meet clients ...
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I was assigned a totally incompetent intern but there is no official procedure to report this. Should I make noise about this?

I'm working as a senior developer and my manager told me that I'm been considered for a promotion so I should start getting some experience managing people as it might soon become part of my ...
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What is the normal rate of turnover among developers and does it impact productivity?

Not a techie, but know that techies are found here, so am asking here. I am a relatively new generalized HR/talent obtaining person at a bank where we keep having to hire more developers and I ...
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Is it ethical/professional to give feedback to a candidate during an interview?

I have done my fair share of interviewing candidates. Some of the candidates are interested to hear immediate feedback right after the interview. Most of the time, I am able to provide a summary on ...
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How to delay hiring a candidate for 1-2 months?

We just hired a new team member, A. Just as her hiring process was wrapping up, we found another ideal candidate, B. He would be a great fit at our company. I don't want to lose him. But, we don't ...
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How to professionally oppose a potential hire that management asked for an opinion on based on prior work experience?

I used to work with this developer who now wants to join my company and applied online, listing me as the referral (I did not refer her). The VP of Services noticed that we worked in the same ...
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Could producing a grave bug that made headlines make you unemployable? [closed]

Does producing such a grave bug like Log4Shell make you effectively unemployable? The people involved have committed under their real names and, taking into account how prominent the bug is, it's easy ...
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Applicant requested substantially higher salary than I had in mind: is it worth negotiating?

I recently interviewed an applicant. At the end of the interview I asked him what he was looking for in terms of salary. The number he gave was substantially higher than what I had in mind (about ...
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How to deal with recruiters who are prompting candidates with our questions?

In engineering fields it can be quite difficult to come up with good, consistent questions that enable an interviewer to consistently get a good overview of what a candidate is capable of. ...
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In the United States is racial, ethnic, or national preference an acceptable hiring practice for departments or companies in some situations?

I've been working in a mid-size BI department of a large company for years. At the start, the group of about 30 people was 30% American caucasions, 30% (non-citizen) Indian, 30% (non-citizen) Chinese,...
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Should I mention a company's apparent lack of diversity when rejecting their offer?

I interviewed in a UK technical company for a developer position and was offered the position. I decided to turn down their offer for another that I feel I will be a better fit and am now writing my ...
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Is it ok to bring cookies for the entire office to my interview?

Is it ok to bring home-baked cookies for the office to an interview? We live in a very small town. It is a small office. The position I'm interviewing for is Administrative Assistant. I'm sure that ...
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Is this staged interview/probationary hire process a good idea?

I have a personal project (web app) which is going well and I think there's a realistic chance of it growing into a startup, at which point I would have to hire people. This would be the first time I'...
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Company about to send me an offer, but they changed their mind at the last moment

I applied for some IT position (remote work) and got a call from HR. It went well, I went to the second round, met the team, that went well too. Third round was practical work, I did well there too. ...
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How can I approach suggesting a significant other be interviewed after the company just hired a sibling?

I have worked as a fabricator at a small company. I am on good terms with the plant manager and the company president/owner/founder. About a month ago, when we were looking to hire, I suggested to my ...
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Is it ethical to reject a job offer I already verbally accepted?

Summary: got an offer for new job that pays 25% less money. Received the contract, but still don't want to sign it. Is it professional to walk away? I got a job offer from a large corporation, but ...
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How to turn down a pitch when someone won't take no for an answer?

There was an opportunity to bring in a contractor for a job at a startup. After their pitch, we decided that we were going to look elsewhere, so I did the following: I sent an e-mail thanking them ...
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Should I not go forward with internship interview process if I don't have the time to prepare properly?

I'm going into my last year and a half of school at Georgia Tech as a Computer Science major and I was recently approached by a Big Tech Silicon Valley company about pursuing a software internship ...
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Why the disparity between raises within a company and raises when changing companies?

In software engineering it is common knowledge that you can expect a more significant raise when changing jobs than when getting a raise at your current job. This has been confirmed in my own personal ...
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When should a company hire developers versus outsourcing them?

I am trying to create a web and mobile application. But I am confused between hiring developers or just outsourcing the project. Some people say it's better to outsource your project, but when I ...
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What if I were nervous about an ex colleague applying to my company?

I just started working at a company about two months back fresh out of graduate school. There is one ex-colleague back in the graduate school who’s striving to land a job. I’d be more than happy to ...
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Affirmative action is being applied too broadly [closed]

I am a tech recruiter working for an American Bank in India. I deal with campus placements (as is the norm in India). My company, especially the Indian branch, has recently come under fire (and ...
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Am I likely to be rehired after being fired for misconduct?

I was dismissed from my job for gross misconduct, specifically picking up vouchers (money-off coupons) that had been discarded by a customer and using them. I'd been with the company for 10 years and ...
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How to deal with illegal discrimination as part of a decision-making group

I've been assigned to run interviews for a position. The position has specific requirements and some preferentially desired candidate traits. I am supposed to evaluate candidates (often with some ...
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My boss is hiring, but won't give me a straight answer on what position she's hiring for [closed]

My mind is going crazy. I work at a Music School as a senior administrative officer; all my boss' phone calls go to me and I re-direct them. My boss has always been nice, never really raised any red ...
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Hiring developers for a chaotic environment: what to tell candidates?

Management is strictly not hiring a candidate to establish a process or fix our existing process. I recognize that no workplace is perfect, but I feel that this might be a gray area between something ...
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What should I do about discriminatory notes on candidates' resumes made by my boss?

I work for a small mechanical engineering company's IT department, which currently consists of my boss and me. I like my job as my boss gives me a lot of freedom and autonomy and I get to do a lot of ...
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Interviewer wanted to connect with me on LinkedIn the day after the interview, is this appropriate?

I want to clarify that prior questions were about the interviewee contacting the interviewer. This question is about the opposite, where the interviewer contacts the interviewee. I had an initial, ...
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Is there a "time of year" for hiring?

I recently graduated last December, and am now looking for a developer position. I have had several interviews, but no offers. Many of the recruiters have told me something to the effect of "The ...
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How to leave a good impression on a candidate who breaks down and ends up crying during an interview?

Imagine you are interviewing a candidate with someone else (for an internship*) who becomes nervous enough that they break down to the point of tears, resulting in a "no hire" because they cannot ...
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How and when is the best time to reveal to new hires you are trans? [closed]

For context I'm an MtF hiring manager at a very small startup. I'm pretty open about being trans to people who know me well but wouldn't feel comfortable stating on our company's website that I'm ...
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Recruitment company technical expert neutrality is not clear - how to proceed?

Summary Questions: When I'm concerned about an expert's neutrality, what should I do? ask for another expert? explain my concerns to the company and leave the decision to them? don't mention it and ...
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Does freelancing work count as 'less than' a normal job experience-wise in the eyes of an employer? If so, how much?

Probably hard to quantify this, and I know it's better than nothing. But I'm going to start applying soon and just want to know what I should expect. I've done 5 projects for 'normal' businesses, full-...
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Ending the interview in the middle of it because of feeling offended by level of question

An interviewee decided to end the interview in the middle of it because he felt insulted by the level of some of the questions that had been asked. would you hire him? Some background: What happened ...
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Dealing with possible age discrimination in hiring

Today I overheard a conversation between a department head and a subordinate about a phone screen the subordinate had just performed. It was clear that the candidate had been rejected, for no other ...
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Onboarding HQ requires 1 week to stay in an expensive city

Got a new Job as manager in a startup company. They invited me to do the onboard training in their HQ which is in Paris. I have to stay for 7 working days. Should I expect them to give me extra money ...
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Leaving internship early for full-time opportunity [closed]

I am in the middle of my 1-year internship at the moment and I am quite satisfied. Although things are nice here, I have no interest in continuing here as full-time. Considering that, I have been ...
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