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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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Should employers that previously “rejected” me be contacted again?

I've been searching for a job for a while now(too long, in my opinion). The employers I have gotten interviews for have so far led to one of these cases: Them politely saying they are no longer ...
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Application says “prospective employer reserves right to contact current employer”: is this typical?

I am in the late stages of the interview process, and was asked by the prospective employer to fill out an application. Above the employment history section was this notice: WORK EXPERIENCE-Please ...
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How long should I wait before sending a thank you email? [duplicate]

Should I send a thank you email immediately, or perhaps wait a day or more? Does it make a difference if its a phone interview or an in person interview? If you wait too long, then it is likely to ...
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Handling job interviews in public locations (like a Starbucks)

My friend was called for a job interview that took place at Starbucks a few days ago. IMHO these kinds of places are not a very suitable environment for interviewing specialty positions, such as ...
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Is it wise to reject job opportunities without even taking some time to have a brief chat?

A few months ago I joined a consulting company that's amassing a pretty good reputation and I've been working on projects that generally last 3-4 months. I'm finishing up one project and starting ...
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How often should I contact a company when they keep telling me my application is “under consideration”?

I've been through three interviews with one company: an initial phone interview, a 1hr phone interview with director, and was flown in and stayed overnight for the 3rd interview. I feel the interviews ...
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How to test specific written communication skills in an interview setting

When evaluating candidates for technical support positions, one of the requirements is that the candidate must be able to communicate well with the developers and the clients. So, as an interviewer, ...
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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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Citing pay as a reason to move on from a company

Let us say you've applied to a job, and the employer calls back with a phone interview. When employers ask you about why you're moving on from your current company, is it considered bad to reply "I'm ...
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Calling the Interviewer after the Interview for Feedback

It's been a week after I had an interview with a bank. They told my recruiter that I had done well and it is looking good for me. However, it's been a week and my recruiter has not been able to reach ...
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What to highlight as a new developer in an interview?

I've got an interview with a small social media business. I found the position via a recruiting firm. While I am a confident person, I don't want to mince words: my BA (graduated last May) is in ...
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How to handle an internal job clarification meeting that turned into an interview

I work for a company where it is the general practice when an requisition opens for a position, you contact the hiring manager for details about the jobs, especially if you aren't familiar with the ...
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Is the summer before senior year too early to apply for jobs? [duplicate]

I'm currently at an internship and I'm starting to worry about jobs after graduation. Is it too early for me to apply for full time positions? Since I'm within easy traveling distances from many ...
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How do I negotiate a higher parking allowance as an intern?

I am being hired as an intern for a company, and parking will be $177/month. They say they will reimburse me for $90. But I am almost going to have a masters degree, so I feel like maybe I can get ...
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If I applied to two jobs, and verbally accepted an offer for one already, do I notify the other one of it?

My situation is that I applied to two jobs. One is a full-time job at a big company - call it Company B, and the other is an internship at a medium-sized company. I was more interested in the work ...
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Send “thank you” email after phone interview?

I just had a technical interview over the phone with a manager for a programming job I'm applying to. The company deals heavily with open source, and the phone interview was friendly and rather ...
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Scope of reimbursable expenses during an interview?

I am submitting reimbursement requests following two interviews. I am particularly interested in general guidelines, but have provided specific examples for context. I would generally expect that ...
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In interviews, how should you respond to behavioral questions to which you have no good answers?

There are two questions I read that I have a hard time answering: When was a time when you had to persuade someone to do something? and Describe a conflict you had with someone and how you ...
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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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Allowing a potential employer to contact current/former employer “After acceptance of conditional offer”

I am filling out a job application, and one section says When may we contact this employer? [ ] Now [ ] After acceptance of conditional offer I am wondering which option is better, from ...
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How should I phrase an email and/or conversation that I need to back out of an interview? [duplicate]

Recently I accepted an offer for a position; however, I have interviews that are scheduled for a couple days out. What is the best way for me to phrase an email and/or conversation explaining that I ...
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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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How do I use the information from online reviews of companies?

I have been looking at anonymous online reviews of companies (such as on Glassdoor.com) when I see an open position for them. There have been a couple of cases where the job description might be a ...
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How do I prepare for phone interview with technology VP?

I am having a phone interview with the vice president of technology at a company (the head of the tech division) for a programming internship position. In thinking about how to prepare, I am ...
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Is getting into the minutiae of a technology/language appropriate in an interview?

So I have seen both sides of this question and actually been on both sides as well. In the programming world there seems to be a fine line between great interviewing for the sake of weeding out ...
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What is appropriate dress for a “business casual” interview?

I have an upcoming interview and the meeting schedule indicates that the dress code is "business casual." How should I arrive to ensure that I am dressed appropriately for the interview?
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How much humor should I display in an interview?

In an interview, there is often this icy nervousness. Would it be appropriate to make a comment about something mundane, like the coffeeshop nearby, etc? Just to break the ice? How much humor can I ...
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Does it matter what color tie I wear to an interview?

I typically favor dark ties in shades of green, black or grey as a matter of personal taste but I'm curious as to how this will be seen by an interviewer. Is it better for me to wear a specific color ...
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What should I look for when hiring a salesperson? [closed]

I have a software product that may have some appeal to a relatively small, vertical market. I am considering hiring a salesperson part-time (which can be in addition to the salesperson's other work ...
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Is “What are things your organization has done recently” a risky interview question?

On a career site, it includes this question as an example of how wording can be so important: Better: What are things your organization has done recently to show how it values its employees? ...
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Protecting resume against recruiters, double-presentations, and MS Word?

Early in my career, I encountered unethical recruiters in the tech industry. In the worst case, a recruiting firm sent my resume to dozens of companies without my consent. This resulted in a double ...
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What is the etiquette around discussing interview for new positions with my current coworkers?

I'm not sure what is the etiquette of discussing with coworkers if I am interviewing at other companies... Several days ago, a few of us were standing around and the team lead made a joke that he ...
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Responding to thank-you notes from interviewees

I've recently been performing a number of interviews, and many of the candidates send follow-up emails just to say "thank you". My question is, what's the best way to respond? All of the following ...
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How should I respond to interview requests in my first month+ of a new job?

I've been working with a company for only one month, and I've received ongoing interest - such as requests for interviews - from resumes I sent out before I started my new position. How should I ...
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What role does the phone screener play in the hiring process at large companies?

I recently had a phone screen for one of the "big" tech companies. I know that I should think of the interview process as a bit of a "black box" and just try to do my best, but I can't help but be ...
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What steps can I take to avoid having potential employers take a position of high responsibility less seriously because it was reached quickly?

This question's hopefully less close-able cousin. What steps can I take to avoid having future potential employers take a position of high responsibility less seriously because I reached it quickly? ...
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How can one recover after misspeaking in an interview?

I recently had a phone interview and it went so-so. I think I asked a couple of good questions, but I also think I asked at least one bad one. This is how to conversation went... Me: "What do your ...
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Should you always counter the first offer letter?

I just received the first offer letter and it is better than what I asked for. So I am tempted to just accept it but many people and sites say you should always counter. Is it always better to counter ...
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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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How should a candidate approach an interview for an internal position as opposed to an external position?

How should a candidate approach an interview for an internal position as oppose to an external position? An internal position is a vacant position that is available within the company you are ...
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How can I measure motivation in an interview?

I've been performing technical interviews for about a year now, and I have learned a lot about what to look for in a candidate. The thing I'm struggling with most, however, is how to gauge a candidate'...
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Communicating long term goals without seeming overly ambitious

I take a lot of inspiration from one of the Directors I have worked with in the past. I wish to transition into such a position in the future. However this is still a long way ahead and I see a lot of ...
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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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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 ...