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Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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Upcoming medical examination and interview the same day; how to handle PTO with current boss?

So I’ve got an interview Friday with a job that seems like the perfect fit. My current work situation has become increasingly toxic and has forced me to seek new opportunities. That being said, I am ...
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Should I commit to a job I cannot afford to keep? [on hold]

An agency is submitting me to a job that has plenty of upsides, except for the pay. The jobs I typically get, and the ones I've been applying to lately, pay about twice what this one does. I will have ...
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Applying for different job after rejection at the same company

I wanted to apply for two positions at the same (small) company. Because I am desperate for work, I applied for a position which I don't like but where I have more experience. They got back to me fast,...
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How do I follow up on a position that was offered [duplicate]

I interviewed for a position twice. I sent a thank you email and the interviewed informed me that she felt I was a fit for their agency and I will be hearing from HR. I have not heard back since, It ...
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Answering The Question: How Many People Work Here?

As a small business owner, you might have anywhere from 1-3 people working for you. Sometimes, it's just yourself. When someone comes into the office for an interview, it's usually just the business ...
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Interviewee strategy: show problem solving, or be communicative?

I've been a full time programmer for some five years now. I've never had a programming test in an interview, and I've worked for three small mobile game dev companies. I've always felt competent at my ...
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Tell my potential employer about my college

I was a Master's student at a university and got suspended for reasons. I have 2 courses left before I can get my Master's. It has been about 4 years since I've been out of college and I'd taken a ...
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What is the most effective way to respond to illegal interview questions both on and offline? [on hold]

When interviewers ask personal questions that violate federal and state laws, what is the best way to respond besides stating the obvious? I would feel that if I stated that the question was illegal, ...
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While on a temp-to-perm assignment, how can I effectively ask for time off in order to interview for full-time positions?

I've been working while on a temp-to-perm contract, and recently a couple friends have helped to directly refer me to their companies - the recruiters of both companies promptly scheduled me for ...
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What would you guys order this? Answer an incoming call, responding to an important question from a co-worker, or responding to an important email? [closed]

How would you prioritize this? Answer an incoming call, responding to an important question from a co-worker, or responding to an important email?
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what to ask in a FIFTH-round interview? [closed]

I previously interviewed for a position at a company through three rounds, each time meeting with the boss. They ended up not hiring anyone for the position. A week later, the company posted a ...
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How to pass interviews if you never contributed to an open source project? [duplicate]

I am getting stuck already in few interviews when the companies ask me to show them my source code. During 10 years of career all "my" source code is private, sealed by many NDAs source code that is ...
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Potential employer keeps trying to re-negotiate salary down through interview process

I am interviewing for a position in Germany with an international European company. I have had 2 interviews, one with the country head and HR, the second with operational managers, including the one I ...
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How can I tell an interviewer that I have a great track record without sounding arrogant?

I'm in my final year of university (for engineering) and I am in the process of looking for full-time employment. My university has a co-op program and so I have 6 internships under my belt. For each ...
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How do I reapply after initially not replying to a potential employer after receiving an interview test?

I had an interview with a company who sent me a design test a month ago and I did not reply. Now I regret that decision and want another chance with them and I feel like I am stuck doing what I ...
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How to explain why I know the company's employee conditions?

I'm looking for a job. I used to date this person who worked for a small company. He shared with me information about working there, so I have a bit of insider knowledge (I don't mean business secrets ...
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Applying directly on employer website after rejecting recruiter offer for similar position

I was contacted by a recruiter about a job, and my resume was presented to the company. I interviewed but rejected the offer because it was a temp-to-hire position. As much as I like the job and the ...
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Recruiter asking the name of the company whose offer I accepted

There are some similar questions that have been asked, but I believe the nature of this situation is slightly more unique. I was recruiting for internship positions at multiple companies. I recently ...
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What to make of bizarre off-topic questions during job interview

Last week, I interviewed for a mid-level programmer position. It ended up being the strangest interview of my life. I won't name the company, but it was not a startup and was full of people who have ...
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Asked to schedule interview in SF while I'm visiting, no response for two weeks and I'm here already. What to do?

I've been in the run for this out-of-state startup job (< 10 people) in SF and went through 2 rounds: phone and 20+ hour paid project. When I told them that I'd be in San Francisco starting from ...
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Phone interviewer never called, no explanation in 3 days

I’m a college Junior who recently went to a career fair to look for summer internships. I talked to the VP of one department and really liked what he was working on. On top of applying and submitting ...
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How long should I wait until I follow up on a positive interview? [duplicate]

I had an interview a few days ago, which felt to me like it went very well. The interviewer himself said that he felt we had a great conversation, and that he was interested in moving on to the next ...
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Is it bad to bring an Android phone to an Apple On-site Interview? [closed]

I know Apple employees are passionate Apple fans. I do have an old iPhone that I can use. Should I just bring my old iPhone with me to the interview?
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I have multiple interviews, need help [duplicate]

I am currently at a job that I do not enjoy so much, so I am looking to part ways and get back on track. I have 2 interviews coming up, one is a week before the other, but the job I really want is ...
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Second interview, interviewers mentioned about experienced other candidate

On the last interview for a position, the interviewers have told me that I have done very good so far, and the other candidate they have been interviewing is a 20 years experienced person, and if I ...
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In Germany: Covering the costs of a job interview when the candidate rejects an offer

If a job seeker goes to a job interview some hundred km away and gets a job offer following the interview, which she rejects (for whatever reason - personal or professional - but not related to the ...
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Should I tell my new employer I feel incompetent to do the job?

I'm a software developer with 4+ years of experience. I'm moving out of my current company and get a better offer (both in pay and role) from another company. I'm socially awkward and try to avoid ...
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How to explain the reason you left a job is because of lack of training provided by the previous team

I'm not sure if it's fair to directly say my ex-manager was not supportive. So I'll describe my struggles and feedback at my previous job first. I changed jobs a few times after graduation to be ...
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How to complain effectively / warn others about company which arranges online interview, and the recruiter doesn't even show up - twice? [closed]

Acknowledging that this is not strictly "workplace", I'm looking for a way to warn others and make the company under question feel some little social pressure. You may say I'm looking for a ...
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Is it possible to revive an offer a few days after not accepting it? [closed]

Recently I was in negotiations with a company after getting an offer. During the initial call of this interview process I was given a number that I was quite happy with, so when offer time came around ...
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How to handle a group activity during an interview when the participants are applying for the same job as you?

A company has offered the chance for an interview. There is only one position available (as it is a managerial position) and is in quite a 'tight-knit' industry (i.e mostly everyone knows each other). ...
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How to make sure a job will match the job description? [closed]

Wrongful hiring is the case where actual job turns out to be very different than what you have applied to. I have recently started my second job, leaving my first job after 7 months due to ...
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Ask to reschedule interview due to current work commitments?

I have been offered an interview for a position which is right in the middle of my work day. It is on a Wednesday at 1pm. There is a group exercise in the morning, then an individual interview at ...
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Are stress interviews a sign of a bad work culture? [closed]

Basing on my previous question and one comment in it, I would like to ask another one: Let's assume I had a bad interview. It was a typical stress interview as if the interviewers were following ...
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What is the strategically wise answer to the question about impressions after the interview if it didn't go well?

I've been interviewed a lot in the last months. I think there's a new trend among employers. Immediately after the interview or several days later when they call you with the feedback, they ask you ...
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Unofficial offer from company following an interview where I didn't get an official offer [closed]

I recently interviewed with a major tech company (Top 3 in my country) with one phone interview, one Skype, and lastly a five hour on-site interview with five different members of the organization. I ...
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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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Purpose of work council representative attending an interview?

I will attend a technical interview in the near future for a position at a German company. In addition to technical managers, the interview board will include a representative of the local work ...
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Asking an interviewer(s) a technical question back when being interviewed [duplicate]

Suppose an interviewer asks you a technical question. Once you answer the question correctly, you think of a variant of the question that is trickier/less obvious that you think would be worth ...
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I was surprised a hiring manager asked for my references after a verbal offer [duplicate]

I've never been asked for my references prior to getting an official offer, so I just wanted some feedback. Is it possible that this is a red flag that I should avoid working there?
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Company delays interview outcome in order to interview more candidates

I've interviewed with a big firm in the software industry and the interview went well, they gave me a good feedback. Once completed all the interview steps the manager said that I would get a ...
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How to explain that I'm still hired by a staffing company although I'm not currently doing work for them?

I work at a staffing company that specializes in connecting freelance professionals to organizations and agencies. According to the contract I signed, I'm a W-2 employee working for them, but will be ...
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How can I deal with an interview if I lack a required skill for the position?

I applied for a position and was invited to an interview. The position does appeal to me. However, after reading the ad again in detail, I see they expect the person to have a different profile than ...
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Interviewing someone for the job you applied for [closed]

We had a managers job open in my department for someone retiring at the end of the year. Several external and internal candidates had applied and interviewed before I submitted my resume. I was given ...
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Should I bring a resume to this meeting?

I am a veteran student attending a Midwestern US university. One of the fraternities on campus has decided to seek a live in Resident Director from the veteran population, and has been coordinating ...
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Providing potential employer with source code for something I made but isn't publicly available

I've been interviewing for a QA position with a software company. I had spoke about an (Android) app I have been making and they asked to see the source code. I told them it's not publicly available (...
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How can a back end or full stack developer highlight their portfolio site is only meant to showcase their work? [closed]

As a back end or full stack developer, one may want to have a portfolio site that showcases their other work. However, not everyone wants to design or build a portfolio site. Is it ok to use a ...
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Interview optics: Telling an interviewer that I have already accepted an offer elsewhere

A month ago, I had onsite interviews lined up with two large software companies, Company A and Company B, with Company A being by far my first choice between the two. Both companies are located in ...
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Can I request to sign a NDA for a job-interview? [closed]

During job-interviews you are sometimes asked about things that you do at your current job. About processes or how you manage something e.g. how you deploy software, how your quality assurance looks ...