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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it appropriate to screen out a job candidate because I had a past sexual encounter with them?

I'm hiring for a contract position through an agency. We're a small investment company and I am one of the people this position will report to. The agency sent me the resume of a candidate that looked ...
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Does HR tell a hiring manager about salary negotiations?

If I was to negotiate salary for a job offer with HR, is it customary for HR to communicate this to the hiring manager? I'm worried that it colors my relationship with the hiring manager if I accept ...
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How forgiving should I be of errors in demo applications referenced in a candidates resume?

I'm working on hiring some more senior level engineers, and a recruiter just sent me over a resume for the person. In there is the url of a website they built for reference. Naturally, I went ...
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Dealing With Illegal Hiring [closed]

For background I am Detention Supervisor In a small max security detention center. This means I am not part of the hiring process but am in charge of whoever is hired. Recently our administrator ...
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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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Religious leader won't even consider hiring a white man. How can I change this potentially illegal attitude, yet still encourage diversity?

I'm working with a small religious non-profit on a committee to fill a position for what is essentially the second in command*. The role involves working with people in our community, both publicly ...
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Employer hiring only non-smokers [closed]

This summer I started working in a small size company. It employs around 25 people. The owner of the company who is also my boss has a rule that he doesn't employ people who smoke. I'm a smoker. ...
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Fraudulent job applications with no discernible purpose. Have you ever seen them? Any idea of the motive? [closed]

Our company recently received two job applications into our applicant tracking system within a minute of each other. If we had looked at either of these applications in isolation, we would have been ...
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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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Management position : Can I ask the interviewer why they did not promote someone within the team instead of recruiting?

I was interviewed a few days ago for a lead position in a support team. The role would be supporting the software and mentoring a 6 persons team. The role would encompass hiring duties and probably ...
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Are promises made by senior management during hiring binding? [closed]

My company hired several experienced scientists, all experts in their field, including some former consultants, promising that their position would become a team leader position after the first few ...
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How to prepare for an interview with the CTO? [closed]

For some background: I'm interviewing for a job as a software developer in a funded startup. The company has been running for about 1 year and is still relatively small (the dev team is about 10 ...
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Reasoning not to hire based on pregnancy or other medical condition

Legalities aside. I've always wondered why a business would employ someone who is pregnant just to give them maternity leave for three months when they wouldn't even have completed their probation. ...
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Do employers actually hire candidates based off of Github profiles? [closed]

I've heard much talk about your Github profile being your CV and companies supposedly using Github to find employees. But I've never heard of anyone actually being hired primarily due to their OSS ...
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Why do big companies hire subcontractors through staffing agencies?

I'm curious why so many big companies in the United States hire so many people through the staffing agencies as non-employees? It would be understandable if they do it for real short-term projects, ...
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Is it offensive to talk about non-discriminating hiring policies

I'm opening a game development business and I have a page on my web-site with open vacancies. On the page I had a statement that basically says that we don't discriminate people by race, nationality, ...
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Why would a recruiter who rejected me now be interested in me?

I was urgently looking for a job in the past 3-4 months, and during an interview, and, from the first question thrown by HR lady, my gut told me I didn't get the job. I received a rejection email a ...
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Ethical obligation after finding fraudulent applicant? [closed]

Acme Co. screens and places candidates at other companies including those fictionally-named Bravo and Tec2. Candidate J. Doe applies for a role with Bravo, including a resume citing a lot of ...
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Didn't mention that I had 3 weeks of holiday booked during interview, and now got job offer

During an interview process I said that I had 2 weeks holiday booked in July (but I actually have 3 weeks booked). The job starts in May, so my holiday would happen 2 months into my 6-month probation ...
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Disallowing religious observations [closed]

There is a country contemplating banning Islam from being practiced on it's shores. If this happens would it be wise for locally owned businesses to inquire into the religions of their overseas ...