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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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help understanding the HR manager email

I am a recent graduate in search of jobs and giving interviews. I gave my final onsite interview with a big Financial firm on Jan. 17, 2019 for a Software Developer role. On Jan. 25 I was told that ...
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Asking for tips from the hiring manager before a technical interview?

So I applied for this company (for entry-level software development position) and have already talked to the hiring manager (who does not have any technical expertise). We set up a technical interview ...
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How to explain being laid off to next employer, so HR does not contact my ex-employer?

I got laid off 4 month ago due to the economical reasons of the company. In my cancellation contract, it is clearly mentioned that: I am being layoff due to the restructuring of Employer ...
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How to deal with missing interview skills but good coding skills / strong resume?

I've got an OK job as a senior software engineer, but wanted to see what was out there. I found a great company with lots of quarterly bonuses and recurring signing bonuses. After getting through the ...
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Can i ask “to be considered” for another office of same company?

I have applied for a software tester position in a big company in Hamburg. The Hamburg office has invited me for an HR interview. I figured out, there is an identical position for the company in ...
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How do I determine the technical skills of a candidate at the first interview? [closed]

For the first time in my life I am involved in a hiring process for a new employee. This time I don't know the candidate. Other employees we have hired before were known to me before. That was easy. ...
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Interviewed for the wrong role

I recently saw two job postings from the same company on LinkedIn - one for a "Senior Data Engineer" and one for a "Senior Data Scientist." They had very different job descriptions, and I applied for ...
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Final interview tomorrow, the bank is now being accused of money laundering

I've been interviewing with a bank now for a few weeks. Tomorrow is the final interview, basically either an offer or good bye. Anyway, two days ago, several sources claimed that the bank have been ...
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Is the recommendation of other team members is as valuable as CTOs?

I left my previous company. On the last day, the CTO told me that she can give me a recommendation, and help me to find a new employer. But, later I figured out that when I give a her as a reference ...
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Any harm in telling recruiter what other roles I am interviewing for?

It's something that bothered me for a while but cannot really put my finger on it. They call you and discuss some roles, inevitably enquiring whether I am interviewing anywhere else. I say yes, and ...
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Skype call Audio only from interviewer

I'm recently had an interview on Skype where pre-interview the Female Interviewer texted me that she would prefer a Video Call on Skype rather than just audio. I agreed and proceeded with accepting ...
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Answering: What makes you passionate about our industry?

When interviewing for a job I sometimes get the question of why I want to join their company. Which to me is a valid question. But recently I got the question what makes me passionate about their ...
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Got through the interviews. Company now says they can't hire me because of local laws, but made an indefinite promise of a full time position [closed]

So a few months ago, I started the interview process at a software-based startup by applying for the role of an internship. Given that their other open positions were for senior roles, this was my ...
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How to answer aspiration questions for unrelated field? [closed]

I recently came out of an introductory interview for a startup-like company and felt that the interview went well. Not perfect, as I was not invited for a second interview (I did not really fit the ...
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What's a reasonable period of time before quitting to look for a new job?

I am working as a software developer at a consulting firm, where I have been at the client location for about two years. I would like to move on from my current position to start a new project. ...
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Got rejected at tech company twice, do big tech companies have a limit on number of times you can apply? [closed]

I'm a grad student majoring in Computer Science. I interviewed with a big 4 tech company last year for an internship position, but didn't do well. I got the rejection after a day. I was blessed to ...
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Should I try to schedule on-site interviews with companies located in the same city as closely as possible? What to do with travel expenses?

I will likely receive a couple of (2 or 3) on-site interview invitations from companies located in the same city, for the same week, if things go well. The city is rather far from where I live, ...
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Made a bad choice and now stuck in a rut?

I have been with my current company for 7 years this year and on the same salary for the last five of those despite moving up in responsibility. I decided, last year, that it was going nowhere so ...
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Technical interview coding and bad code sharing web applications [closed]

During tech interviews, some companies open up a web application like "codeshare.io" or coderpad.io and they ask an algorithm question etc. I normally use Intellij Idea whenever I code and I'm not ...
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Is 'bad luck' with former employees a red flag?

I applied for an engineering position at a medium-sized* but international company. During the first interview, I got the impression that their tech stack does not quite match the public job ...
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Why majority of companies do not support “Visa sponsorship”?

I am a non-EU citizen who wishes to move to Germany for work purpose. As a result, I need to have a German work permit.Sadly, not all the companies provide relocation and visa sponsorship services. ...
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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? [duplicate]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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? [closed]

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 them with a handshake. Sometimes a gentle squeeze is enough to bring tears. They are also ...
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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. ...