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Found out during interview that employer is doing it wrong, how to proceed?

Since I work in a technical area, much of my interviews discuss how the team works, what tools and techniques they are using, and what their general philosophy is like (eg. many tools that each do one ...
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How to answer an interview question about productivity and disagreeing with your manager?

If the hiring manager asked this question during an interview "If there is something that would improve your productivity, but your manager disagrees with it, should you still do it?" I ...
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Offered a great job, but I'm in the interview process of my dream job at Google?

I currently work as a fullstack software developer and I just got offered a very generous job that's about 2x my current pay at a startup company. In addition, my current job has no holiday or ...
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Interview process with aspergers

I have Asperger's and have major issues passing job interviews. In the past I have had a large number of job interviews (haven't kept count but probably somewhere between 60 and 100) and failed all ...
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Company offering me the same job again just 10 days after rejecting me in final VP round [closed]

I interviewed with a software company 10 days ago. It is not a very big company and has around 40-50 employees. There were 3 rounds, out of which 2 were technical and last one was a 15 minute chat ...
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What is a high percentage way to prepare for a 30 minute data structures and algorithms interview at a startup?

The first half of the one hour interview will be a data structures / algorithms type problem and second half will be debugging a real problem in an iOS codebase. Since my comfort zone is with the ...
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How to approach in an interview a lower salary than the posted salary ranges

I was contacted recently by a recruiter. They were interested by my CV and my previous experience (not a lot, but they mentioned they liked the experience, not that they thought it was little). I ...
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Nepotism has become the order of the day at my job, how do I move forward in my career? [duplicate]

I have been working for a startup for over six months now and some drama occurred where they let go of a backend engineer that the tech lead, myself and others were warning was not on the up and up. ...
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I am looking for a job as a junior software developer. What technical questions should I ask during the interview?

I am looking for a job as a junior software developer (preferably backend in Java or C#). During interviews, what are some good technical questions I can ask potential employers? I don't want to look ...
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How to list 2-3 dates and time ranges that you could do an interview [closed]

How to list dates and time ranges to do interviews
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SWE achievements

I have heard about Google's XYZ résumé formula but I struggle to describe my experience with it. Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z]. The hardest part is ...as measured by Y... but ...
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I don't code as a hobby. What should I answer when asked about my GitHub?

While I've done coding in the past as a hobby, I don't do it anymore and my current employer uses a private local GitLab repository, so my GitHub wall is all white squares and the code that is in ...
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In software engineering, what exactly is meant by collaborative tone?

For all of my web/software development career, I have worked alone and with a very small team. I have just interviewed with a larger company. There were several interviews - technical and behavioral. ...
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Interview case with wrong information

I am currently doing an interview case which needs to be submitted end of day tomorrow (public holiday). It is an analytical test with 10+ tables and the company provided an ER diagram. The problem is,...
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Applying directly for a different role at same company that recruiter has informed me about

I am a recent graduate looking for work and a 3rd party recruiter has contacted me back about position A at a company. Over the phone they said they would put forward my application to the company but ...
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Is it normal to have 4 technical interviews?

I applied for a Java developer position in a big consulting company. I had a 20 min screening interview, followed by a 1.5-hour technical interview after which the recruiter called me and said I did ...
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How do I really know what my job title is?

I’ve worked at a company for a very long time now. I was hired in position “A”, unfortunately when Covid hit, I was furloughed for a while. My boss brought me back from furlough and told me I could ...
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Broke the rules on pre-interview online technical assessment – will I get blacklisted?

I'm a STEM student who is going to graduate soon and wish to enter the tech/data science sector. I heard from friends that an easy way to get interview experience is to apply to companies that one is ...
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How should I respond to a question about how much weight I can lift when interviewing for an IT telework job?

I had an interview today. Everything started off well and was normal: introductions, I shared my background, we bantered a little about sports, we talked about the company... all the usual stuff. ...
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Should I reply to interview emails with unspecified dates?

I recently applied for a job and after two weeks I got an email in which the manager wrote: Due to internal repositioning of staffs we couldn’t get back to you earlier, but you can expect to be ...
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How should I handle a follow up interview request that has not been scheduled yet

I had an interview for a graphic designer position that went very well. Three business days later, I received an email from the president of the company. They requested a follow up interview and ...
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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 it worth doing a likely "LeetCode-style" interview with a big company if I have little experience with that format and only five days until then?

After applying to a big company (assuming it would be a long time before I heard back), I got a recruiter call within a few days asking to schedule a technical interview. I agreed, figuring there's a ...
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How to politely state moral objection

I am currently starting to look for my first job, and thanks to my soon to come degree, I have quite a lot of people knocking at my door. For political reasons, I refuse to entertain any possibility ...
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After rejection letter company calls for second interview [closed]

This is related to my old post here: Should I tell a prospect manager that I am waiting on another offer? A month after I got a rejection letter the company called for second interview and this time ...
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How to best represent a plea deal during a job search

Long ago I made a poor decision to drive after drinking after being at a birthday party. I was pulled over, arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). My charge was later reduced to ...
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How do companies/employers fill roles when they have unrealistic or below-market salary expectations?

I've had a couple of interesting experiences lately, and it has me wondering, how do companies fill positions when they have below-market compensation budgets? I had a recruiter reach out to me about ...
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Should I mention recognition awards I have received at any point in the interview process?

I have received two monetary recognition awards at my current employer. These were for apps that I was the sole developer on. I am currently looking for a new job. Should I mention the awards when ...
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Being unqualified to even apply, yet several recruiters keep approaching me. Should I point out I'm unqualified?

Some time ago I was offered an interview by a company, and they sent me the details of the position (a link to the job description). The position required a master's degree, while I'm still finishing ...
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Through what questions can you find out during interviews whether a company you are interviewing with has a chaotic work culture?

Let's say you are interviewing with a company for a particular role. You have enough experience for that role and skills as well. How can you find out whether this company has a chaotic work culture? ...
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Why was my third interview cancelled and rescheduled

I recently passed two interviews with a company and these interviews were really amazing. When I told them my salary expectations, I was assured by the hiring manager that I will get much more than my ...
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In an interview how to find out how many people will be doing the same job as you?

I've had experiences where a big company hires lots of people for the same positions. For example I did customer support from a call center. There were almost 30 people in the training class and ...
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Conflict of interests when interviewing

I work for a big company in a research department and am currently interviewing with a 10 people start-up in (roughly) the same industry branch. They're very relaxed and want me to give a scientific ...
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Email interviewer after interview didn't go well

I interviewed for a position yesterday. I had researched about the role and the interviewers and was well prepared for the interview accordingly. But my webcam refused to work in the beginning and ...
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Can I be a bit funny in a research interview?

I'll have soon a research interview with one of the top tech companies in the world (a US-based company). Part of this interview is to present one of my research papers with giving a brief ...
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How to reply to request for current salary [duplicate]

I am based in the UK and I was contacted yesterday by a job recruiter. We had a pleasant chat where she explained what the role was. We discussed everything including salary requirements, but when she ...
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How to explain a 2 month job

I left a job after 2 month and i have it in my resume. my reason was because some teammates did not seem to want to work. i had some litirally apply makeup while on duty. Its a front desk job at a ...
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If I have to submit a urine test does that automatically mean I'll get a background check [closed]

I just had an interview and I was told and that I need to have a urinalysis completed I was not told anything about a background check will they later say it
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How do I demonstrate my value against "more experienced" managers/directors in interviews?

I am a mobile software developer that's applying for a Mobile Engineering Manager position at a new company. During my initial phone screening with the company's technical recruiter they were using ...
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Best approach to reach back to a screwed up interviewee

I am a Tech Lead in a recent startup which is in for the long haul, and we are currently in an aggressive hiring spree. As a result I get 2-3 interviews to sit in the panel (mostly of two) per week. ...
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"Take home Asignment" or "Free Work"

I recently interviewed at a well known internet company. It seems like they made a request for free work. This seems like a red flag to me and I'm not sure if I should waste anymore time with them. ...
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I've been given an unfair amount of work and don't know how to deal with it?

For the past six weeks I have been temping at a medium-sized lawfirm (just under 100 employees) as a three month contract assistant practice manager/admin position. It was a last minute position as my ...
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Interviewing at a company where I rejected their offer previously but they do not recognise me, should I tell them?

I was looking for a new job two years ago and applied to many, two companies that fit my search criteria back then, were going with the interview process relatively at the same time. I did very well ...
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How to tell recruiter about job offer?

I currently work for A_Company as a contractor, and they've been offering me a job as an employee for a while. Honestly, I've been putting off accepting the offer because I don't particularly want to ...
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Is there a way I can show the appropriate amount of "passion" or "energy levels" in an interview?

Recently, I have been rejected from a few a jobs because I did not show the appropriate amount of "passion" or "energy levels" during the interviews. When I asked for feedback, I ...
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How to convey during an interview that I want to do my masters, without turning away the opportunity?

I'm entering my last semester of my bachelor's, and recently I've been offered several interviews. One of these companies is a really prestigious one, and my application to this company have been ...
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Is it worth mentioning I came out of hospital the day before an interview?

So... went to the hospital yesterday for an update on an ongoing issue. I presumed, based on phone calls and letters that it would just be an update to the x-ray I had last week. However, that wasn't ...
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Interview follow up after first round

I just finished an interview with an employee from a mixed-signal team which was scheduled for 30 minutes. The interview was split as a)background of the company b)my experience+motivations to switch ...
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Contacted company asking if there's an iOS software engineering role, and they responded saying QA would be a perfect fit. How can I navigate this?

This is a startup whose product I'm passionate about, but I would like to ensure I'm not "stuck" in a different career path since I want to continue to do iOS software engineering in the ...
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Is it possible to exhaust all local options if fail too many interviews?

If I get rejected from too many job interviews is it a danger that I will exhaust all quality local companies? I believe there is a handfull of local companies and if I get rejected from all of them ...
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