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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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Started a new job a week ago, I want to leave

So I started a new IT job just over a week ago. The interview went great, I met the people I would be "working" with and reporting to. At the time, they had a contractor in that was doing all of ...
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Is it unprofessional to connect on linkedin with your interviewer after the interview but before any next step is discussed?

I was just interviewed for a new job. We left that I would hear back, as often is the case. Normally, it would be acceptable to follow up with an e-mail thanking the interviewer for his/her time. ...
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Can I ask an interviewer what their preferences are before I work on a technical assignment?

Currently, I am in the process of searching for a job as a software developer. In this field, technical assignments are a popular way for employers to assess candidates. I like this process, but I ...
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I cancelled my third-round interview - can I get another chance?

I recently had two very good interviews over the phone with a hiring manager. Both interviews were pretty technical and I suspected that round 3, the on-site interview, would be more of a formality/...
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Getting an internal job offer while on vacation, proper etiquette? [closed]

I am scheduled in a few weeks to have an interview with another department within my organization (internal position). As per our company employee guidelines, it specifically states that one is to ...
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Is it ok to apply for jobs with no intention of going to the interview?

I'm currently a software developer in a junior position. I know people in similar positions to me that have just accepted jobs paying a lot more. I like my current job and have no intention to ...
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Does Right to Represent mean if the person clears interview , he is bound to the staffing company?

Does "Right to Represent" mean if the person clears interview, he is bound to the staffing company? Or is it only for representation to the interview and not related to whether or not the person is ...
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Asking a question the interviewer doesn't know

I found this related question on WPSE, but my question is slightly different. Not too long ago I had two telephone interviews with two different companies and on both occasions the interviewer asked ...
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I know (all) the members of the interview panel. Does that matter?

In case I am invited to a job interview, and in the invitation letter, recruitment tells me the names of the interview panel members. Suppose that I already know some or all of the members, through ...
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I was told to choose a company before a real job offer

I first had an interview at company A, then one a day later at company B. Company B asked me what other companies I was interviewing with. Since I always try to be honest I told the truth... But ...
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unfair interviewing system [closed]

Had an interview and learnt that another candidate had a much easier, less technical interview than I did. Our interviews were based on a case study to which we had written an answer to, which formed ...
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Is this a flat out rejection because I'm underqualified?

I received this notice following a job interview for a data scientist position: At this time, based on the overall team feedback, we have decided to change direction somewhat in terms of aligned ...
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Why is it bad to show you are desperate?

During a recent job interview, I made it clear that I was somehow desperate to get a job (I did not say I am desperate, but my answers made it clear I am). How/why is it bad to have such an attitude ...
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Interviewing order; the effects of going first in recruiter's evaluation

This question might be seen as slightly opinion based for those who are unfamiliar with the area but I'm mostly interested in what (if any) real evidence might exist. If given the opportunity to pick ...
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Taking videocall interviews at job location after my work hours. Is it ethical?

I am interviewing and most, if not all, video call interviews are set for business hours. It is not possible for me to take a whole day off for them, and it is difficult to commute home on time to ...
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How to inconspicuously interview elsewhere [duplicate]

I have decided to leave my current company, but I am struggling with how to inconspicuously interview. I've done a very poor job of scheduling interviews in a way so that they don't clearly signal ...
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Irrelevant feedback after job interview

I had an interview for a very large company. Following this interview a few of my ex-colleagues had told me they were aware of other people who had gone in for this job and some current colleagues of ...
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Mentioning plans to apply for a certification during an interview

I'm a software developer who's had 2 years of experience working with SAP. During an interview, I was asked if I have an SAP certification, specifically an SAP NetWeaver Associate certification, which ...
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How to handle interview technical tests that are absurd (e.g. an unreasonably large task with a short time limit)?

If an interview includes a technical test involving an unreasonably large task and short time limit, does it make sense for a candidate to turn in work that does not meet the candidate's quality ...
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Technical interview on phone: what kind of question should I expect? [closed]

I am currently in contact with a company, in another city from where I am currently working. I already had a phone interview last week with the HR, which seems to go well since we agree on another ...
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How to reach out to company that previously offered me a job?

A year ago I interviewed with Company A and Company B at the same time. Company A offered me a contract position, which I accepted. A few weeks later, Company B offered me a position, which I declined,...
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What does this interview result mean? [closed]

“Your CV is of great interest to us however, at present we have no opportunities which suit your profile. As such, we are keeping your CV on file and would like to keep in touch. We look forward to ...
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Conference call for interviews - too expensive

I have been given a phone number for my interview, using which and a reference number, I can connect to any number of interviewers in a room. The drawback for me with this is that I do not have a ...
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How to Tell Employer I'm Interviewing But Don't Plan to Leave

EDIT: This question is specifically about how to communicate my actions and goals to my current employer. This question is unconcerned with the ethics of interviewing without intention of taking the ...
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How to communicate by phone that I won't consider an internship position?

My situation is pretty unusual: I graduated about 1 year ago and since then I get called about 1 - 2 times per month by companies that get my phone number from the school from which I graduated. They ...
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Is it ok for me to spend all day working for a prospective employer as part of the interview process?

I've been looking for work for 3 months now, while I do have some weakness I do have a set of technologies that is rare. I tried to give many exercises test but this one is different. The potential ...
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Got hired without being asked relevant questions in the interview [closed]

I recently got hired as a Java programmer. The thing is, the interviewers were looking for both Javascript (front-end) and Java (back-end) programmers, and I told them I had experience in both. During ...
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What do I risk by participating in a recruitment process for a position I'm probably not interested in [duplicate]

I've applied for position A at a big company. They replied that they would see me in position B (the same level, a different focus) and asked whether I'm interested. I'm not convinced I'm interested ...
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How to postpone extending summer job contract?

I'm in the process of interviewing for other jobs while currently working a summer job at Company A. I have an interview tomorrow with Company B, however the following day I have a meeting with my ...
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Should I add interviewer on Linkedin before Interview?

I have an important interview this week and I happen to know my interviewer's information. I need some advice on whether I should add my interviewer on Linkedin before the interview. I am not intended ...
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Provided inaccurate end date during interview. Now they are proceeding with the background check

I made a mistake during interview which told the interviewer I already gave my resignation letter before the interview which previously I thought my resignation notice is 1 weeks. After the company ...
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How to get interviews as a self-taught programmer

I am a self-taught programmer with all of my professional experience in the restaurant industry. I have been teaching myself to code for some time now and I am hoping to change careers. I have ...
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Referring a friend to a company where I don't work

I recently interviewed with Software Company X, declined their job offer, and left the process on good terms. They were not quite the right fit for me at this point in my career, but I could ...
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Late-stage interview: am I being blown off or is this a negotiation tactic? [closed]

I've gone through four interviews with a high profile company in a big city for a non-entry-level career. The third interview was a 5 hour technical interview where, at the end, the senior staff said ...
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What reasons would a supervisor have for silently listening in to a phone interview being conducted by his subordinates?

I've worked in the IT profession for 12 years and participated in maybe ~40 phone interviews as the interviewer and interviewee. Never have I seen or heard of the interviewer's boss silently listening ...
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How do I handle young interviewers making snarky comments about my age? [closed]

I am a software engineer in my early forties. I was contacted by a recruiter for a large company I might be interested in working for and after a phone interview I took a day off to go interview ...
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Is it OK to ask the recruiter whether the technical interview will be a whiteboard coding interview?

I have a technical interview next week and I don't have much information about it. The only thing I would like to know is whether it is a whiteboard coding interview or just some general technical ...
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Is it reasonable to decline to interview a candidate that is not dressed for an interview? [closed]

I have been interviewing for various professional positions at my company and 80% of the applicants come in dressed in casual clothes like shorts, t-shirts and ball caps. Can I decline to interview a ...
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Focus areas and setting the bar when interviewing students

I am being involved into interviewing master students applying for internships into the team where I work, and I am struggling with where to set the bar of my expectations. The internships are about ...
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Ask for employer to interview again

I have had an interview with an employer a few months ago. I think the interview went pretty well but they decided to go with another candidate. Come a few months later, I see another job posting for ...
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Ask for quick response in job interview due to current job commitments

I have been offered an interview in 2 weeks time for a role in a different city. It is essentially the same as my current job except with a higher salary and is in a better field (for me). The ...
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Being fired from previous job wasn't brought up in the interview. Should I be concerned if I have got the job? [closed]

I was recently fired from a part time job. During an interview, I wasn't asked about it at all. I ended up getting the job. Is there any reason I should be concerned about not bringing it up, or is ...
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Reference request right before offer stage

I got interviewed by a company which develops network products. They were looking for a embedded software engineer for their expanding team. I passed phone screening, and I got called for on-site ...
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How to go about jobhunting when you only want a job so that you can get enough money to move away? [closed]

I'm a semi-recent college grad (~9 months out of college). I want to move from my minor city to New York City but I want to save 4 to 5k before I do that. Therefore, I have to get a job but I'll ...
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How to handle interview questions about job on which I was unfairly terminated?

Earlier this year I was terminated from a multi-year engineering job for being late on delivery of a project. At the time, I saw my firing as bordering on illegal termination since I was working ...
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Is it polite to ask the company to mention the future raise -which we had discussed in interview -in their written offer?

I got an offer from a company who just verbally told me "we will give you this much and after 60 days if you were doing well, we will give you a raise for a higher rate ." which they specified. So my ...
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Correct course of action regarding interview response time [duplicate]

I had my final Amazon internship interview a bit more than 3 weeks ago. After this interview, the interviewer told me that I should contact my recruiter if I hear no response within 5 business days. ...
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how to deal with HR response on job offer decision [duplicate]

I am recent graduate from my second master program (from an European country). Also have 5 to 6 years of work experience (in an Asian country). My first masters was from America. I have been recently ...
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Dealing with hostile interviewer - explaining why I left previous job due to bullying [duplicate]

I went for an interview yesterday for a senior developer role. There were two developers and one manager present. I'm no good at making up lies on the spot and the manager interrogated me over my ...
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What should I do if I'm not able to complete a take home task for an interview?

I'm a Software Engineer who interviewed for a position as a Software Product lead. The first interview went well and I was given a practical - case study to submit back within a week. I'm a person who ...