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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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Using third-party recruiter as middle man for communications?

I'm scheduled to go in for an interview at Company X (a software development startup). I found out about the position through a third-party recruiting agency, specifically from a recruiter who I'll ...
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HR told me what what the maximum salary I could expect, can I still try to negotiate that or is that disrespectful?

Got contacted by a company which wants to recruit me. I an had phone call from HR who told me "to avoid wasting both of us time, this is the maximum salary we can give you". I have good reasons to ...
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Fired for gross misconduct because I sent confidential information to personal mailbox - how do I get another job? [duplicate]

I was dismissed for a breach of confidentiality. I was working on some client confidential information on my client issued laptop and I emailed this info to my personal mailbox as I wanted to ...
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What if I won't sign the contract immediately?

I was in an interview and I'm pretty confident I will get the job. I'm wondering one thing. If they asks me to come to the office to sign the employment contract, what will they react if I say that I ...
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When do I withdraw from a search?

I was offered a job with Company A, and verbally accepted. We're in the process of sending off the official offer letter and a background check, but things seem to be moving along quickly/confidently. ...
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How could I answer to the question: “Why are you leaving your company?” without looking conceited? [duplicate]

I'm planning to look for another job. I am a programmer. I have a lot of reasons, but some of them, which are important to me, and not only salary related, make me think a bit. For example: 1) All ...
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Huge interview test seems like real (free) work for the company

I have applied for a Junior Product Manager position at a mobile gaming company (in Germany). After a standard phone screening, I was sent a test by email to complete in order to go further with the ...
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Is it a good idea to take part in a transfer interview if I have no intention of accepting the job?

I've been offered an interview for a department transfer within my organization - basically to the exact same position, but working for another group on another project. I'm happy with my current ...
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Are “on the spot” phone interviews common?

I came across a job posting that looked interesting and I met almost all the requirements. The posting provided a phone number to call in case you have questions. I called to find out who to address ...
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How acceptable is it to tell a candidate they were the second top choice for position? [closed]

While you were not our top candidate in this role, I was impressed by your skills and I was trying to open up a second position for you. I was ultimately not successful in doing that at his time. ...
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Interviewer asking for references that I can't provide

A potential employer is asking for my most recent work references, unfortunately the companies (3) I most recently worked for have policies that refuse references in the format this new employer is ...
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Not Too Desperate

I recently went on an interview with a local company that fits my experience and qualifications perfectly. I "nailed" the interview, and the president/interviewer said something to the effect of "You'...
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Should I ask for more details about the second interview round or just wait?

Exactly 1 week ago (Thursday morning) I did an interview with a potential new employer. The director was leading the interview, and apparently the interview went pretty well as the afternoon of the ...
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Is it okay to tell the manager that people are sharing interview questions with future interview candidates?

Recently, we had a new department open up in our tech company and people from my department were being interviewed for possible selection in the new department. It was rumoured that people who do ...
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Interviewed and did not hear back about travel expenses after more than a month

For the third round of interview at a well known financial company X, I was asked to visit their office location. But they did not buy me ticket nor they offered to buy hotel but they explicitly said (...
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Inform an applicant that the for-profit school they went to failed them?

I was recent discussion I had reminded me of an event in the past. I have always wondered if I should have said something to the students. I was looking to hire an entry level IT tech and turned to ...
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What to do if I ended up working on interview question

I had an onsite job interview for a software position at a German startup, which included brainstorming at the whiteboard on how to solve a problem. I should hear back in a few days. The problem is ...
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What if an interviewer asks that I must bring some relevant work with me?

The interview is about either web-developing and/or mobile coding. I've been asked to bring some work with me, either web pages or anything related to the job offered. I do not really want to show ...
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How to explain on an interview than i am pursuing a M.Sc. and i need to leave earlier for the time being?

I think the question is pretty self-explanatory. I have two interviews in front of me but i currently doing my M.Sc. and some of my classes are starting about the time I should be still working in ...
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Two interviews, within a few days (Monday and Friday each, long-term positions) [duplicate]

I have two interviews from software companies, one on Monday and the other on Friday. What is the best way to handle the first company (or both, if that matters) so I can keep them both "alive", ...
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It is ok to hate a company that did not reschedule a interview? [closed]

A person look for me on Linkedin asking if I would be interest in a oportunity. She worked at the HR department in a Software Development company. When she send me the salary I get very interested. So ...
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How can I back-track after accidentally revealing in a job interview that I might move in 6 months?

I was recently hired for a seasonal part-time position where I jumped the gun after discussing my current studies by telling the interviewer (manager A) that I will be graduating in a few months and ...
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Why is it 'expected' that software developers work on their own projects in their spare time?

I have been working in software development for the last five years, and have had a number of jobs during this time -- most of them have been fixed term contracts, but I've also had a permanent ...
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How do I go about asking for a job on another team?

I'm an intern right now and my term is almost up. Here towards the end of my internship I've started doing some work for another team based on my interests. I initially met with the manager on that ...
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After completing interviews how to answer the salary question?

I need some assistance with how to approach the salary discussion in a new job application for a permanent role. Note, this is a direct application and there is no recruiter in the middle. Background:...
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I just got fired. What to tell in future interviews? And was I dismissed fairly? [duplicate]

I was laid off 2 hours ago and I don't have a big savings buffer, so I am immediately sending out job applications and getting in contact with my network to try and land a new job ASAP. My question ...
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Contacted by a recruitment agency regarding a role working for a company that a mate of mine has just left

I am a software developer, and am currently looking for work (preferably looking to move into a Business Analyst role, but willing to consider further roles in software development), as I have ...
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My interview has been cancelled at short notice, I cannot reschedule, what to do?

I had a phone interview last week with the controller of a new company I am interested in. They then wanted to meet with me today for an interview. I was scheduled for an interview today, and three ...
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Is it appropriate to ask “Did I get the job” at the end of an interview? [duplicate]

I had an on-site interview with a software company, which included 4 interviews, lunch and a meeting with the manager. After the meeting with the manager, he was walking me out and I asked "so did I ...
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Is it ethical for a recruiter to ask an applicant to work on a private project?

Some years before "The Workplace" existed, I interviewed for the position of software developer at a small software company (around 70 employees). The interviewer told me he did not work for the ...
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Fourth interview with the Co-Founder, don't know what to expect, please help!

So I went through the initial phone screening. After a week after that they called me for the second round interview. During the second interview I went over in detail what was on my resume and how I ...
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What to do when interview keeps asking seemingly off-topic questions

I work for a number of agencies where I go to different locations to promote products. I applied for a gig that was to help setup and organize a tech conference. Looking back it was strange that it ...
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Should I Inform the interviewer that I have already joined somewhere, but still considering them before the final onsite round?

I have joined a new company while the interview process was going on for the other company. The other company is located in a foreign country, so the interview process took some time. They have ...
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What if I don't have earbuds for my online interview?

I'm doing an online interview soon and they requested I use earbuds. I don't have any and I don't have the money or gas to go out and buy some. I do have access to larger headphones, big clunky ones ...
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Salary expectation and negotiation after a gap in career

I am an Indian female who was into software development for quite a few years and later took a break of six years. I plan to come back to the industry now. I have learnt the latest technologies that ...
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“Which one do you prefer” interview question when having potential multiple offers. Do they expect an honest and direct answer?

I interviewed for two positions with the same employer. Position A in a big city with work that suits me very well, position B in a remote and rural setting with work that would be more challenging ...
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How to politely tell recruiter that contacted me to not waste their time if they can’t offer visa sponsorship?

I'm a web developer, I was a match in a job search site for a position that I'm fit for and really interested in. The recruiter asked for my CV and phone number but it's not mentioned in their offer ...
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How to vet out a company/interviewer that approaches you trying to recruit?

So this is kind of an interviewing question in reverse. I'm a final-year university student and a yet-to-become-successful entrepreneur. Last week I was in the university library, talking with ...
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What is the etiquette of discussing new contracts with current team, as a contractor?

There’s a related question here: What is the etiquette around discussing interview for new positions with my current coworkers? The other question seems geared toward full-time. My question is ...
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I have an interview for an internal position that I no longer want. Wondering if it is appropriate to cancel

I'm in an awkward situation. I applied for an internal position at my company for a slight promotion from my current role. It would be within the same department. The management structure of my ...
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What to make of recruiters reply after interview [closed]

I went through a series of interviews and company's HR/recruiter was very generous to provide feedback after each interview. Feedback was really positive and they were interested (I applied through a ...
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Vague interview take-home project assignment [closed]

I am looking for a job abroad (senior Java developer). There are companies that hire from abroad, and have a practice of assigning homeworks. The problem is that the assignment is typically extremely ...
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How to politely request for the interview to be conducted in English? [closed]

I speak both English and French Fluently. Yet, Since, I studied in a British University and the whole structure of my course was in English, I find it easier to answer all the technical questions in ...
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Does a company own work done by applicants?

From this question and others, it seems that it's not totally unheard of for some companies to try to get free work out of job applicants by having them submit projects that would otherwise be done by ...
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Messed up job interview - need help writing an apology letter [closed]

I'm an immigrant, I moved a year ago to live in the UK. I also struggle with a combination of mental health disorders: BPD, depression and dissociation. Today I had my first job interview, and it ...
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What point does company's generosity during the interview process have?

I've applied for a job with a startup - young but, judging by the number of job ads published, quickly growing company. They invited me to an interview, paid me a flight in first-class, a really good ...
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Being taken advantage of in an interview? [duplicate]

I'm a grad student who's currently in the process of waiting to hear back from a front end developer interview. I interviewed with this company in person last month , and received a take home project ...
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Talking about accepted offer during a job interview

I accepted an offer and after that got an interview opportunity from my dream company. In the interview they had asked me if I have deadlines coming up. I informed them that I had to accept another ...
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Should I quit my current job to take some time to prepare for the next interview? [duplicate]

I am a senior developer in the Java domain. I want to quit my current job and find a new one in the next 2 months or so. The problem: I feel like I've been out of touch with some of the latest ...
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Travelling with a friend or relative on a business meeting to foreign country? [closed]

I have a face to face interview with a company in a foreign country. The company will provide me with flight tickets, airport transportation, visa fees, hotels and meals for one day interview and 2 ...