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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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Can I mention that I left my job to improve my language skills?

I am a non-EU citizen, and I wish to relocate from Estonia to Germany. Four months ago, I left my previous job to focus on my German skills. It was difficult to work full time and effectively study ...
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How does minimum salary strategy work?

I am a non-EU citizen, and am going to relocate from Estonia, to Germany. When I have HR interviews, they ask me about my salary expectations. My strategy is to maximize my chance to get the job, and ...
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What are the chances of me getting this internship after such interview? [on hold]

so I had my Facebook PE internship interview yesterday. There were two rounds, one was system interview and another was programming round. In systems round I have mostly never dealt with server and ...
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Getting paid an hourly rate to take a programming assessment as a part of an interview

I'm a programmer and I am currently interviewing for a new position. One of the companies that I interviewed with gave me two assessments which required me to work through some code problems at home. ...
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Interview Qs (eg 'dealing with difficult people', 'X happens - how to respond?') when many of my experiences are from an extreme environment

I have around 15 years working experience already so I'm not a workplace newbie, but I've never actually "prepared" for an interview or role-played answers or anything like that (I just turn up and ...
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How common is it that hiring managers waste peoples' time in job interviews?

I've been getting three to five interviews per week on a consistent basis lately. Usually, I'm contacted by recruiters and they submit my resume to hiring managers. About 90% of the time, hiring ...
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Remote job interview cancelled 5 minute before interview time [on hold]

I had an video call interview that was scheduled for a specific time. 5 minutes before the interview I got an email from them saying that they were cancelling my interview because there were many ...
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Interviewer said I could use any object-oriented programming language, problems were in Java?

I applied for this job and was given an interview. The HR person told me I would be working on the problem in Eclipse and that any object-oriented programming language would be compatible. I asked her ...
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Should I expect a company with which I've interviewed to inform me if my application has been declined?

I had a Skype interview with a large multinational. At the end of the interview, they told me that they had positive thoughts about me and that they thought I was honest and genuine, also that they ...
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How do I evaluate a candidate for a junior position? [on hold]

After working with my boss at a previous job he's decided to start a contracting firm and I'm in the first handful of people to help get things started. It's been a few months and now we're looking to ...
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Politely avoid/decline handshake due to arthritis and maintaining privacy regarding a medical condition

I "know someone" who has arthritis and because they are young most people never think of it when approaching her/him with a handshake. Sometimes a gentle squeeze is enough to bring tears. This person ...
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Would it be okay to put “Freelancer / Self-Employed” to cover up 2 years of unemployment gap after graduating college?

I was wondering if I should include any text on my resume and LinkedIn for reasons to why I was not working 2 years after graduating college. And if I should, how should I phrase it other than "being ...
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If I'm asked to attend multiple in-person interviews per week, how can reduce the chance of my boss becoming suspicious?

I'm currently being contacting by recruiters on an almost daily basis. As a result, there are times when I can get upwards of two to three in-person interview requests in a week. And on many occasions,...
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Got laid off after a month without a clear reason - how do I explain this on my resume/in upcoming interviews?

I started a job in January as a Project Coordinator for an electrical company. When I was hired, the position was advertised as "Admin Assistant", but after I was hired, the owner of the company said ...
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Is it bad practice to connect with your interviewers from LinkedIn from a company you were rejected from?

Is it bad practice to connect with your interviewers from LinkedIn from a company you were rejected from?
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Should I mention my family history when answering “Why do you want to join us?”?

I am applying for a few companies in the education industry. If the future employers ask me "Why do you want to join us?", I plan to say "I am interested in the education industry because many of ...
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How to withdraw as applicant after interviews if they're not answering their phone?

Situation: I had a technical interview over the phone with a particular place and they want to set up to have me for an on-site interview, which would require air travel. At this point though, after ...
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Should I give up on the dream of ever making it in the science industry [closed]

So recently I received a standard no response rejection mail(in which it was mentioned that I don't have multiple years of experience). Based on this and other negative interview experiences(where one ...
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Is it ok to bring up interviewer's background and their work during interview?

I was just wondering if it's ok to bring up interviewer's work and their GitHub contributions during interview? Since I was given who I am going to be talking I looked up their Linked In profile and ...
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How to salvage a poor first impression with interview?

How to salvage Background: Had a phone interview with a firm I applied to 3 weeks ago. Recruiter was impressed with my background and skill sets. Issue: I generally research all firms I apply to ...
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Is there a legal limit to the number of people in a room during an interview?

This may be better asked in the legal area, but i was curious if anyone knew if there was a legal limit to the number of people interviewing a candidate at a time? I’m talking about panel style ...
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Interviewing for consulting position involves interview with customer; is this unusual?

I am going through the interview process with a consulting company X for a senior consultant position. We have had 2 phone and 1 in person interview and they have indicated that they are interested ...
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Interviewed for wrong position?

I recently applied for an internship at a large company which had several software developer positions with very different job descriptions. During my interview, the topics discussed matched perfectly ...
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Should i mention to the weakness of my solution for interview task?

I have received a technical task to do, and i did it 90% perfectly. But for the very last step of the task, i was not able to implement the best solution (because of lack of skills). I have faced ...
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Ghosted by 3 recruiters in a row [closed]

So I've been ghosted by 3 recruiters in a row, that is to say, HR recruiters have messaged me on LinkedIn about interesting job opportunities than just not responded to me. One had a phone interview ...
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Length of Time of Interview Process

Does the speed/length of time a company gives a job offer have any correlation with how much they "want/like you"? Company A gave me an offer much higher than what I wanted and gave me an increase on ...
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Verbal Offer received; should I continue interviewing or wait for the written offer?

I have a verbal offer but not a written offer and am not sure whether I should proceed to an onsite interview at another company. Since I have not received the written offer yet, should I go ahead ...
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I was technically employed, but have nothing to show for it - How do I explain this?

For the past few years I've been "working" at my father's company. My dad's business is in software development, but it's in Field A. I am trained as a software developer, but am focused on Field B - ...
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Should one only start negotiating any offer after concluding all interviews?

As stated in this question, it's normal for people to have interviews at multiple companies, and receive offers from some companies earlier than from the others. I would like to negotiate the offers. ...
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Going to a job Interview When you accept another offer

Is it unethical to go to a job interview if you accepted another offer just so that you can travel and get free food/hotel?
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Second career opportunities

Will companies consider hiring a person with more years of experience, than what they need, for a junior position provided the candidate is ready to work for the same salary offered for the junior ...
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Should I lower my expectations when interviewing someone if the company struggles to find any candidates?

Background: As the shortage of developers in Europe continues, our company, as well as many others, doesn't receives CVs for open positions everyday to say the least. In fact, we are looking now for ...
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What to say in interview about bad manager who is also a reference

A little backstory: I am currently employed under a manager, who doesn't prefer to delegate tasks or share information on projects, such as what exactly to do, until when it needs to be done,... I don'...
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What to politely say when asked “How are other interviews going?” or “Have you been extended any offers?”

Job Agent recruiters, Hiring Managers, Tech Leads and/or interviewers sometimes asking me how other interviews are going? , and sometimes even ask me if I've been extended any other offers? How ...
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Should I disclose to an interviewee that I will be leaving my post?

I am the senior developer/technical lead in a small team working with a rather particular framework. The other members of my team are junior developers who cannot make the transition from junior to ...
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How to not repeat cover letter in interview

When writing a cover letter, I have hear you need to show how your experience makes you the perfect match for the job. However, I have also researched how to answer the questions 'tell me about ...
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How do I state that the reason for leaving the last job was a mutual miscommunication with the management?

We parted our ways because both sides had different expectations from the role that I took. We parted on good terms and the (former) project manager even said that I could give out her phone and she ...
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How to Mention Projects and Tools of a Customer in Job Application

It is clear to me that naming any business partners of the current employer can get me into legal trouble or at least mark me as a big unreliable mouth in a job application or interview. I would like ...
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Can companies use my assignment in their product without my permission?

I've been doing assignments as part of my job applications to join tech startups in past weeks and I've noticed a lot of times they don't even get back to me with a feedback. This has happened so ...
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What's right mindset of a successful candidate? [closed]

I got my Physics PhD degree 5 months ago. I have been looking for jobs in Data Science, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning. I did data analysis and machine learning in my PhD; then I went to an AI ...
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Pre phone interview follow up

I live in Canada and applied for a job in a different city within the same province. Recruiter responded for an initial phone interview and we supposed to make an appointment. I replied to him with my ...
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Following up an interview after one month

I had an interview with this company on December 19, 2018 and I think it went well. After the interview the interviewer told me that he will send me an email that we will be in touch so if I had any ...
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Taking a coding test with another potential candidate at the same time

I went for a Software Engineering interview earlier which in my opinion was unique in a bad way(s), but in this post I want to highlight only one thing that I observed. Before going to the interview ...
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Spying on potential employer's LinkedIn

I know LinkedIn notifies the user when someone visits their profile. I have an interview scheduled in a week with 4 different people from a company. I would like to see what is on their LinkedIn and ...
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How to ask about a position that requires security clearances?

So I’m interviewing for a position that I was recommended for by someone who knows what I am good at and what I like, so I’m fairly confident that I am interested in the job, however... The job ...
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Should I tell my recruiter that I applied for another position at the same company?

I have an interview coming up and I also applied for a different job in the same company in a different location. Should I tell my recruiter that I applied to another position in the same company?
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When should I tell my boss that the person I recommended for a job is my partner?

TL;DR: My currently-unemployed partner is looking for a job. I recommended them for a position in my company. I discovered afterwards that they would work in my department should they get the ...
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Do interviews work? [closed]

The ideal answer would contain: A concise summary of what the existing research says about the effectiveness of job interviews; and Concrete recommendations on what employers should or shouldn't do.
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How to effectively use unethical business practices as an escape hatch for a new job?

I started a new position about 5 months ago. I do not like it and wish to start interviewing...the problem is that I could be seen as a job hopper since my last 4 stints lasted 2 years, 1.5 years*, 8 ...
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Graduating with excellent grades except one resit in August. How to put on resume/discuss with internship company? (Europe)

I'm graduating cum laude with good to great grades in all courses, near the top of my class, which should be a nice starting point for a good first job. Or rather, I would graduate if not for one ...