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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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20 seconds video to introduce yourself; what things to consider?

After applying for a job, I received an email asking to make a 20 seconds video to introduce myself. I wonder what information should I put in this very short video? Is there anything specific they ...
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Appropriate time to ask about salary and benefits for internship?

I have an interview for a software development internship tomorrow, and I'm unsure about when to ask about 1. how much it will be paid, if at all, and 2. if there is pro rata paid time off for holiday....
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Interview was just a one hour panel. Got an offer the next day; do I accept or is this a red flag?

I just had an interview for a software developer job and the whole process was simply a 30 minute phone call, followed by a one hour panel interview (around 5 people). The panel interview went fine ...
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Appropriate to mention wikipedia articles on CV and in interviews?

Say that I had written and/or edited a few good Wikipedia articles. Would it be appropriate to put this on my CV or mention it on job interviews?
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Moving From Help Desk to Sales Engineer

I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do next and what type of companies I'd like to work for, I recently applied to Jr Sales Engineer position at a large software company and the role seemed ...
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In a Bind Getting No Offers. Job Search After 5 Years is Depressing [closed]

My IT career can easily be summed up as, "How do I do xxx and what software does it?" In all my jobs that I've held it was up to me to figure it out. I've never really had an IT team full of ...
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What are the things required for a Software developer with employment gap?

I worked for an IT-company as a software developer for 3 years. Even though my position was software developer, my work didn't included any hands on coding or programming. I left the job for maternity ...
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Repeated Interview Question

This is not so much a curveball, but a standard interview question asked repeatedly... Background Consulting role, operational improvement/management consulting stuff, lots of interaction with ...
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Are whiteboard exercises useful in evaluating a company during an interview?

I've always felt that interviews were as much for the interviewer as for the interviewee. For interviews with whiteboarding activities, it seems like the goal of this exercise to evaluate the ...
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Prospective job postponed by employer

Recently I went through interview process (3) for a job I really wanted. I receive an email follow up today from the employer, stating that they’ve decided to put the position on hold for now, and ...
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Two interviews a day apart [duplicate]

I have two interviews, one day after the other. I am more keen on the second job, but if I am told quickly that I got the first, how long can I stall them, realistically?
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How to answer interview question “is there part of this job you might not like”?

Basically the question was "is there anything about the type of work you applied for that you do not like?". For more context, I applied for a tech support position. The interviewer had asked me to ...
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How to structure answers in a 30 minute interview?

Frequently I will have an interview with a hiring manager that last only for 30 minutes. The person will say they want to discuss: my background, my work, my method of working, a discussion of the ...
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Is fact that new, potential job is less paid than current job a good argument for increasing my application chances?

I work for more than year as a junior backend developer. I have found an internship (in fact something between entry-level position and internship) advertisement: junior machine learning engineer and ...
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Negotiations for terms of a post masters

I recently got an offer to interview for a post masters program. This would be similar to a post doc in execution, however the program lasts 1 year. However, before that offer I accepted a position at ...
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Is it unprofessional to forward friend's resume to an internship interview you won't attend?

So recently, I got an email inviting me to an interview for a paid internship. The problem is, I just accepted a paid internship recently and have already been working at said place for two weeks. I ...
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Receive training before getting a job offer?

I've been going through the hiring process at a small local company. I passed the interview, and completed a 2 hour "trial period" where I demonstrated my ability to learn and do the actual work (...
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How to approach technical challenge with vague requirements in interview?

I had an interview experience that I wish to learn from so that I do not make mistake again. The interview was in 4 parts with 2 people each time. The technical part was where I stumbled a bit ...
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Fired from internship for insubordination. How to deal with future job interviews? [duplicate]

Interned at a midsize private company for about 10 months, mainly doing tasks in Excel. My boss asked if I was available over the summer and I said yes. They pitched a new and very complicated project ...
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If you have no experience, how do you say that you're capable of filling a position without appearing arrogant?

This is an extension of another more general question on job applications that I just posted. My question here isn't about applications so much as interview etiquette. I'm an engineer and trying to ...
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What would you make of a recuiter/HR person who does not call at scheduled time?

I am wondering what would you make of a recruiter who does this? I know that it is possible that they got busy and forgot to call but isn't this unprofessional and annoying for the candidate (me in ...
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Generalized anxiety disorder and reasonable interview process accommodations [duplicate]

I have generalized anxiety disorder that involves a number of different symptoms, but what matters here is poor attention and concentration, decreased verbal skills and fatigue when I feel anxious, ...
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Is it OK to bring delicacies from hometown as tokens of gratitude for an out-of-town interview?

I've been invited for an all expenses covered out of town interview from Singapore to one of the states in Australia. I'm wondering if it is common practice for candidates to bring some of their local ...
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Accepted job offer but employer is not responsive. What should I do?

Well it wasn't exactly a job offer; I got an internship offer on April 2nd in New York. There was a lot of stuff I had to put into consideration like the job, money, housing, etc. But ultimately I did ...
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Epilepsy and reasonable interview process accommodations [closed]

I have temporal lobe epilepsy (a form of epilepsy without convulsions and other physical symptoms). The seizures that I have usually last from a few seconds to 1-2 minutes. When they happen, they ...
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After blowing a job interview tremendously, what can I do to control damage? [closed]

Backstory: I work for a big and well-known company in Germany with journalism background. I had scheduled a first phone interview with potential next company I would be working for in a separate ...
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Recruiter says SRE roles all filled, but they're looking for a role for me. What should I do?

The situation: I was scheduled to do my phone screen on April 28th, then after rescheduling I passed my phone screen on May 5, 2019. But my recruiter "Sarah" didn't contact me again until last ...
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How to present my reasons to leave the current company if I'm being bullied out of it? [duplicate]

So the problem is that after starting my current position one of the colleagues immediately hated me. I won't waste time for details. I didn't do anything wrong, it's just he feels threatened by me or ...
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Is it a good idea to reach out again to a hiring manager for a role I wasn't selected for?

A hiring manager from a major tech company reached out to me on LinkedIn. I really liked the role (and the chance to work for a company on that level) and said I will apply. I was asked to perform a ...
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Should I tell a company that I got rejected by you before?

I checked this topic before asking this question. To me this is more of an ethical question. Last year I applied for a job and I couldn't get it due to lack of experience. In the company's rejection ...
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How long should I take to tell an employer my decision? [duplicate]

I'll have my first face to face interview soon and I have a few questions. Do I have to accept or reject the offer on the spot or is it okay to ask for some time? How long do you think I should take ...
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Can I tell a prospective employee that everyone in the team is leaving?

Everyone in my team (3 people) is very much dissatisfied with the direction the company is going: The hours are long, the pay mediocre, and the pressure huge. We're all actively looking to change jobs....
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No update after 1st round of interview

After attending the 1st round of interviews for about 45 mins, they told me they will call for the 2nd round in the next week, as they wanted to interview few more candidates. After the week, when I ...
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I want to ask company flying me out for office tour if I can bring my fiance, entirely at my own expense

Here is my current situation: I am a student graduating in September who is looking for a full-time job. A company located across the country from me interviewed me (remotely) and extended an offer. ...
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Discrepancy between resume and interview

A while ago I went for an interview and talked about my actual previous work experience, not realizing that the interviewer was having a slightly different version in her hand. When I got back home, I ...
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Should I offer contact to my former employer when inquiring about the status of a job interview after a dismissal?

Brief background For my training as a psychotherapist I have to complete a one year internship as a psychologist in a psychiatric clinic. My first employer has terminated my contract at the end of ...
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My interviewer asked me to do a coding challenge in a framework I've never used. Red flag?

As the title suggests, I did a 20-minute phone interview for a remote software developer position. One of the questions was "have you used any frameworks with X language, specifically Y framework?" My ...
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Interviewee is trying to charge me for his take-home test [closed]

I'm currently interviewing candidates for a back-end web development position. I ask them to perform some basic work (a real project, not a throwaway exercise) to get a sense for how they go about ...
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Submitted an incomplete online coding test due to browser error

So here is a maybe interesting but awful story that only just happened. I'm applying for a well known game company, not EA big, but most of you will know if I say it. They are interested in my CV ...
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Is it ok to contact old interviewers?

Some time ago I applied for a job. I went through 2 rounds but then got another offer and withdrew my application for the first position. The position I accepted resulted not to have much to do with ...
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Why is non-professional technical experience sometimes snubbed by interviewers?

I once interviewed for a software developer role in a big IT company. The interview was done in front of two interviewers: a "regular" one, and a "trainee" who was shadowing and taking notes. When ...
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Formulating an answer to contact from job applicant I have managed previously

I am a team lead at a large company, and our division is responsible for most steps of the hiring process - candidates are not prefiltered by HR. We recently published a job advertisement that lists ...
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How to handle professionally if colleagues has referred his relative and asking to take easy while taking interview

There is an interview scheduled, and HR has revealed my name as the interviewer to the person (one of my colleagues) who referred this candidate. Now the colleague is continuously insisting I be ...
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Do I have the right to request more information about a scheduled interview? [duplicate]

I'm going to have an interview a few days from now (phone-based), but I have not given the information about the interview structure which I was supposed to receive via email. I called back the number ...
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Why should HR post the job ad. again on social media before conducting the interview(s)?

I've been invited for a phone interview scheduled for a few days from now (Germany), but I noticed the job advertisement was uploaded again on the social media yesterday (Xing, Linkedin). Is this a ...
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Can I adjust my previously stated salary expectation in the interview?

I applied for a Data Scientist position in a company in Germany, and I found out that the salary expectation I've stated in my application (it was required) is 10K below what the company usually pays ...
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Interviewing with an early stage startup - how to find the expected work/life balance without seeming like one wants to just clock in and out?

I’m in talks with an early age startup (would be joining as employee number 2). I do realise that working in a startup is not a classic 9-5. I understand that there might often be deadlines which will ...
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How to deal with a job interview if you are not sure you want to switch jobs?

I've been with my current company for just couple of months. The job itself is great. But since we don't get along well with my direct boss, who mentioned that we might need to part ways, I started ...
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How to introduce other interests when networking?

I am attending a "business" event. There will be vendors, different business associates at all levels, as well as contractors at this event. My title is Sr. MySQL DBA. However, I do not want to be ...
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Got a job offer but still interviewing other companies. Do's and dont's? [duplicate]

I'm currently employed at A. I want some change and salary increase so I started interviewing other companies and I'm also interviewing for another position in A. I got a good job offer from B, with ...