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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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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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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 ...
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Why would a recruitment agent want a face to face interview?

As part of the software development industry some things are standard. Asking about your experience, skills, projects you have worked are usually expected. Job agents aren't technical people so a ...
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Is it common/appropriate to negotiate salary after receiving an offer letter? [duplicate]

I recently received an offer letter from an employer. During the interview, the manager said that they cannot give me an exact number before they calculate the budget (or something similar I cannot ...
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Dealing with provocative questions in interview from higher management third level above oneself [duplicate]

How to prepare for provocative less formal but allowed and unexpected questions? Like, they establish a positive warm bond and feeling and then try to destabilize. Example: Tell us which negative ...
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Child Care Volunteering: Should I mention I was orphan?

I have an interview for children patient support volunteer position in a hospital. I feel being an orphan at a young age - I was 5 when my mother died and I was 15 when my father died - made me have ...
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Responding to “would you go to jail for us”? [closed]

Yesterday I interviewed for a desk trader job. It went pretty well. The pay's good and the commute's good and I really think we hit it off. I gave a presentation and then we had a string of interviews....
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How to bring up inadequate compensation as a reason to jump ship?

It seems like the raise that I will get at my present employer wouldn't be that significant this year & I found that I could get much better pay by jumping ship. At this point, I have almost 4 ...
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Asked to give a technical presentation about an instrument

I have been interviewing for technical trainer position in a medical company.In my last interview I was given an assignment to do a presentation on a specific medical device.I have been given a 255 ...
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Asked to interview for different position from application

I applied to a company for a job as Configuration Manager. Today I received a call for an interview for an Assistant Software Engineer. Now I am very confused! How do I know which job the interview is ...
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How long should I wait to start interviewing for my next job? [duplicate]

Some background: I started this job at this company about three months ago. During the interview they said they would be working on new technologies. However, after I joined here, I find that there ...
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Are initial online video interviews pass fail, or are they evaluated in a way that causes them to matter later in the interview process? [closed]

It occurs to me that I probably did really well on one of my later interviews but probably did only good enough on my initial video interview.
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How much stock should I put in negative Glassdoor reviews?

I applied for a job and passed through all phases e.g. online test, phone interview etc., etc. Usually I look at Glassdoor and indeed and read about companies reviews but somehow I missed this one. ...
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Given an extremely open ended question in take home test

I have been interviewing for a junior level dev role and in the last interview I was given a take home assignment to assess my technical skills. The last question was really broad. It was "give a high ...
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Applied for a job, how to reject request to full in an application form? [closed]

I got approached to apply for a job by a recruiter, two people that have previously worked at this company have told me that it's a terrible place to work so I was a bit hesitant but the recruiter ...
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How to be calm, professional and attentive when going for software development interviews, yet not seem too excited and give wrong signals? [closed]

Please note that this is related to the tech industry specifically and not necessarily a generic question. TL;DR: I tried searching but could not find an answer as this relates specifically to the ...
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Is Jobatar safe? [closed]

The company I've applied for a job, is requesting applicants to use that service to make a pre-interview, it consists in answering some questions, a few of them recording myself. They have given me a ...
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How do I handle an interviewer trying to trip me up?

Background Back when I was applying everywhere and anywhere for a Software Engineering job, I applied to a mutual fund investment company. They were very formal and uptight, from the overly detailed ...
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Prior School Experience with Interviewee who was a Pothead

At work I heard a rumor of a new candidate applying for a few positions at the company. I learned that this new person is someone I attended University; with lets call him Tom. While we did not become ...
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Can an unsuccessful applicant request an employer/recruiter to provide records about him/her according to GDPR? [closed]

Under the GDPR right of access, [t]he controller shall provide a copy of the personal data undergoing processing. During and possibly after the interview process, an employer or recruitment agencies ...
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Did interviewer think I was asking if he wanted stolen code from my employer? [closed]

I recently had an initial phone screen interview for a lead software developer role (the interviewer would have been my boss if I landed the role). During the phone screen I was describing a custom ...
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In an interview would talking about your achievements be interpreted as being a bad team player?

I have been in interview situations where the interviewer had asked pressing questions regarding my achievements: "did you do it or was it the team?". Should I downplay and say it was a team effort at ...
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How to handle interview questions about my terrible compulsory internship? [duplicate]

Between 2014 and 2015, as part of my Bachelor's degree, I took an internship with a local arm of a globally recognised technology company. This was a bad experience for everybody involved: I was a ...
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Getting an interview invitation for an internship instead of the job

I got an email invitation for an interview, but as I recall, I applied for an actual job, not an internship. I wouldn't mind an internship though since I'm also looking for a junior position. Should I ...
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Should I ask old internship boss for information

Context This year I was studying Computer Science as a student, and today I got my first job offer. However the remuneration that the company offers me seems a bit low. Different friends that have ...
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How to get out of a hiring process during a phone interview?

Few days ago i was contacted by a recruiter from a reputable company inviting me to the hiring process for a business development role in their company, and as i had no clear idea of what that is i ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for a short break during technical phone screens/interviews?

I write software. In my job I frequently run into times where I'm unsure how to best proceed. I've learned that, personally, I can often solve this by taking a quick break and walking around. This ...
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Can I reapply for a “restructured” job opening?

I went through three rounds of interviewing for a position, and was rejected almost 24 hours after the last interview. They said "based on our needs and organizational structures" that they would ...
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How late is too late to cancel an interview?

I started the interview process with two companies, Company A and Company B at approximately the same time, have been through 2 rounds of phone screenings with both companies and had a final ...
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Is it bad to answer “tell me about your interests” with something generic, for tech positions?

I was recently contacted by a recruiter at a tech company. She wanted to find out what my interests were to see if there were any matching opportunities available for me at her company. I told her ...
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Coding Interview Assignment - Not sure which technology to use [duplicate]

I have recently applied for a junior developer position at an IT company. During the interview I've managed to be very clear on which technologies and languages I was more familiar with, and all went ...