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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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How do I properly follow-up with a hiring manager, to check on the status of a position?

I had an interview on Monday, which I think went fairly well. I was told that I was the last to interview for the position, and that they were expecting to make their decision by that Friday. I also ...
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How do I coordinate the process of pursuing multiple job opportunities at the same time?

In the hot field of software engineering, a competent programmer wanting to switch jobs will be able to apply and interview easily for at least a half dozen jobs. However, coordinating the speed at ...
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How to respond to a direct ask of salary earned and expectations?

What is the best way to fill out an application form for a role with an unspecified salary expectation where the following questions are mandatory to complete in a pre-interview form: What is your ...
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Why is it not a good idea to “badmouth” a previous employer?

My life is miserable at the company I work for. I'm in the tech industry in an organization with one of the best companies in the world, yet the workplace I'm in is completely toxic. People seriously ...
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In a job interview, how do I explain why I was fired?

At my first job, the environment was very stressful, had short deadlines and too much workload and was understaffed. As a result, I could not perform sufficiently and was fired. At my second job, I ...
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How can I ask my interviewers for feedback following an interview?

Recently, I had an interview with Amazon. At first, things went smoothly and well. After two interviews, they decided not to move forward with the process. I'm the type of person who wants to ...
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What are specific ways to learn meaningful information about company culture in interviews?

What are specific ways to learn about a company's culture during the interview and application process to ensure a match? I understand the value in conversation via LinkedIn/networking, as well as ...
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Should I go to an interview I don't intend to accept the job (if offered)?

In a conversation with a friend, he slipped that he intended to go to an interview for a senior position in software development. I was surprised, since I was under the impression he liked his current ...
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How do I resign without burning bridges when I'm a critical staff member?

I work as an engineer at a startup technology company in the United States, and for several reasons, such as: A culture of working more than 8 hours a day. A loud "open office" environment and a ...
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Why shouldn't I resign when I haven't secured another job?

Most conventional wisdom states that, when switching jobs, you should keep your current job until you have a new job offer. However, I find that I would really like to leave sooner rather than later, ...
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How to respond to “Why are you looking for a new job?”

During job interviews it seems common for the interviewer to ask something along the lines of "Why are you looking for a new job"? The last time I was asked this was during an interview where the ...
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Selecting interview attire for a technical job interview

According to the book "Programming Interviews Exposed": In general, though, a suit is overkill for a technical job interview. A standard technical interviewing outfit for men consists of nondenim ...
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Is it a good idea to ask for a significantly lower salary than the median to increase the chances of an offer?

I applied for a bunch of software positions and when they asked me for what I was looking for in a salary range, I went for basically undercutting their average salaries I saw online by about $30k. ...
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Should I be sincere - in an interview - about the reason for leaving my previous job?

I find myself in a situation similar to the man who wrote this post Lack of recognition in role and career development within role , that is to say I feel: I'm doing much more work with respect to ...
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Why do interviewers ask if I'm interviewing with other companies?

This seems to be a common question that is asked as a normal part of an interview. Can anyone speak to what the interviewer is really looking for when they ask this question? And is it best to ...
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Should a thank you letter be sent after an interview?

I've never sent a thank you letter after an interview. I mean, I wouldn't send a thank you letter after a first date. I've asked one senior dev about this and he says he's never got a thank you ...
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Interview question: Why did you leave your previous role? [duplicate]

I am currently in the job market for a leadership role, and could use some advice on how to answer this question objectively. My previous position was in many ways a dream job. The company was having ...
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How should I ask for time off to attend an interview?

I'm a computer science student and I work part-time at a local software company. Before even applying for this job, I was already in the process of applying for a summer internship at a major software ...
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What do I say about my previous job, which was horrible, in a new job interview? [duplicate]

Last year I worked as contractor for company C for one of their projects. Long story short: It was pure hell. (The HR company that hired me informed me incorrectly about the job being Java ...
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Doing an interview after having already signed a contract

After more than one month of interviews, I accepted a job offer and I signed a contract for a new job which is gonna start from the first of May. After I signed the contract, a big company, which ...
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Is it rude to leave an interview early if you have already made your decision?

A friend of mine went on an interview recently for a software developer position at a well known company. It was a senior position, and he had very relevant business experience in the industry. I ...
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How should I ask about work/life balance during an Interview?

I am interviewing for a company later today that has the following listed under Expectations on their career website: Some flexibility in a 40-hour work week In addition, their job descriptions ...
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Tough curveball interview questions

My college career center has provided me a sheet with the most common interview questions. So far (in past interviews) I have never been asked a question that was not on the sheet. I have an interview ...
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Should I ask a potential employer about their negative Glassdoor reviews?

I was recently approached by a company to interview for a software engineering position. The role sounds great and I'm very comfortable with the technology stack. Aside from an "acquaintance of an ...
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How long is too long of an unemployment gap?

During one of my previous background investigations, the interviewer had noted on my file that I had no questionable gaps in my employment history that I needed to explain to them. At the time, I had ...
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How do I explain getting fired for a very bad reason to potential employers?

I was recently fired from my janitor position because I drew the SS (Schutzstaffel) logo on a teacher's whiteboard. The teacher reported me because he assumed it was a hate crime (it wasn't, I didn't ...
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How should I respond to an inappropriate question in a job interview?

In the United States, it is considered discriminatory to consider certain things about a candidate when hiring, unless that thing is actually relevant to that job. Specific to this question, a person'...
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Should I follow up with an interviewer whose call I missed because it was at a different time than agreed?

I was supposed to have a phone interview yesterday with a high-level manager, and I had given my interviewer a list of times that were OK with me (he told me to do that.. but looking back, I should ...
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What can I do about a malicious previous employer giving bad references?

I worked for a small business for several years. Over time it became quite obvious that my manager (who was also the business owner) was unprofessional in his conduct towards employees, specifically ...
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Is there a professional way to refuse a time-consuming programming task given as a test for a job?

In the context of hiring for software development jobs, I have found that it has become common for companies to assign "programming tests" which tend to be increasingly time-consuming. For example, I ...
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How to tell a interviewer that he is wrong on a technical question

Yesterday I went for a job interview at a product based company. In one of the interviews the interviewer asked me a question that I answered correctly (I have cross checked it) but he kept on asking ...
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Asking if the company pays travel expenses when Interviewing for an out-of-town job

Today, a company called me for arranging interview. I wasn't able to give a date for interview because of my current workload. I said I have to check it and I will call them tomorrow. I have to ...
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Interviewing for jobs after a long (no work) period of absence? [duplicate]

Although the question is general: How do you go back interviewing when you have a long period of unemployment in your CV, I do need to share some context with you. I have an inherited condition that ...
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Should I keep looking after accepting a job offer?

I am now in graduate school and accepted an offer around the beginning of December last year for a job that would start in June of this year. The offer is pretty good, but since there's so much time ...
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Is it okay to withhold previous salary information during the interview process?

So here's the situation. I have a friend who is applying for a job as a Business Analyst. He has been working as a Business Analyst for another company for a year, but wants to move. However, his ...
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What is the best protocol for courteously declining a job offer?

According to this site, if you decide to decline a job offer: do so courteously, in writing, after making a phone call I'm curious, though. What if I signed up already for a 2nd round of ...
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Should you address a specific person in your cover letter at all cost?

Recently I read this specific advice on writing a cover letter reiterated in different forms many times: Address your cover letter directly to the hiring manager or recruiter. Nothing says "I ...
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Dealing With Pressure in Interviews

Lately because my contract with my current employer is coming to an end I've been doing a lot of interviewing and I've noticed one recurring problem. Lately I've noticed a tendency get nervous easily ...
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How should I respond to the classic “Introduce yourself” question in an interview?

Almost any interview begins with the classic question of "Introduce yourself". Somehow I found mixed levels of detail as answers to this question. How should you ideally respond to this question ...
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How do you handle an interview for a candidate who is performing poorly?

When you begin interviewing a candidate and realise early on that they really, really aren't suitable for the job (for example, for a developer role, perhaps you've discussed coding and discovered ...
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How to handle the “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” question

What is a good answer to this interview question: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What information is the interviewer trying to ascertain and what information should the job seeker try (or ...
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Should I refer to my skills in terms of years of knowledge, years of experience, or proficiency?

I'm in the midst of writing my CV and I have come to the part where I am listing my skills and technologies used. One thing I am torn on is how to refer to my skills, from what I see there are four ...
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How to answer critical non technical questions in an interview

I am an experienced professional who has been at the same company since I began my career. I am looking for a change now. Strangely, during interviews I find I perform well with technical questions ...
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Should I tell the company I'm interviewing with I've been laid off

I was working for company A when I submitted a resume to company B last week. Company B just spoke with me and decided to bring me in for an interview next week. However, company A just laid off 75% ...
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How to interview for a new job when working full time?

I am a relatively recent college graduate, and this will be my first time finding a new job while working full-time. My past interviews usually followed this process: HR phone call -> engineer phone ...
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Great interview - hiring manager never followed up, should I follow up with a call? [duplicate]

I recently had an interview that I felt went great! It lasted about an hour, I was asked some technical questions and was able to answer them all correctly. We spoke a lot about my previous projects ...
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How do I explain wrongful termination in an interview?

I worked at a retail store (big company, locations in multiple countries) for a couple of years as a low level employee. I was eventually promoted to supervisor. I remained in that position for ...
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What should you say when you don't want to go back for a 2nd interview with an Employer?

I have a friend who had a job interview. She did really well and the company invited her back for a second interview in a voice mail she got. However, the salary range they told her was lower than ...
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How can I gauge a company's culture before I begin working there? [duplicate]

I took on an internship at a software company several months ago. When I interviewed and visited the office, everybody was very nice and I felt I would fit in. As time has passed, I think people have ...
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Is a cover letter really necessary?

With so many posts about recruiters not really having enough time to look at the resume, I was wondering how ( or if ) cover letters really play a significant role in the decision process. How do ...