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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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Bring printed list of questions to interview

Is it OK to bring a list of questions to ask the person that is going to be interviewing me? It is hard for me to memorize the questions to ask the employer and they are important and have to be ...
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Is a 30-second pause after a salary offer a good tactic? [closed]

This salary negotiation tip suggests: When you hear the other person’s first offer, don’t say OK. Say Hmmm. I am wondering if this is a good tactic, or if the HR person would think otherwise. Is ...
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Bring laptop to interview?

Is it OK to bring my laptop to interviews to show websites and jQuery projects I have worked on? I have done this in interviews for previous jobs and got every one of them. Now it's time to get a job ...
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Is it professional and acceptable to ask questions related job security and company sustainability in Job Interview?

I am looking for Job change and attending Job Interviews. But I am concerned about job security. I have framed the following questions where the answers from prospect employers would helpful in ...
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To what extent do attributes making a resume “good” generalize across industries?

I have spent a lot of hours reviewing and refining my resume. As a result, I have spent a lot of time helping others with their resumes and have a polished, professional resume. Throughout the past ...
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How can I request accomodation for chronic illness?

I'm asking this question using a pseudonym to protect my privacy. I have been suffering for a number of years from a sort of medical condition that wreaks havoc upon my sleep/wake routine. After ...
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What are the points to keep in mind while facing an interview though Skype (video conferencing)?

After a telephonic interview for a job with a IT company, the company wants to have a conversation via Skype through video chat for the next round. I am totally new to this type of interview procedure ...
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How can I politely obtain frequent bathroom breaks during an onsite interview?

I have some health issues that make it almost impossible to go more than an hour without visiting the restroom. I'm about to hit the job trail to get a new programming job and probably I will have ...
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Should I avoid using my company cellphone in my new job search?

The company I work for supplies phones and a phone account to employees. They have since I started working there almost a decade ago. It is a benefit, and not primarily used for work or expected to be....
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Convincing potential employer that my skills are transferable to the technology they ask for [closed]

I have come across a job opportunity of becoming a web developer. The skills I have fit the criteria for roughly 90% of what they ask for. The employer is looking for experience using technology X, ...
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Should I be involved in interviewing for my replacement?

I'm currently working through a notice period (3 months) and there are plans to hire someone to replace me. My role requires a relatively technical skillset and I am unsure that my manager or HR ...
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is it my right to know the test results?

I have recently applied for a job and they required me to take a test, lasting 5 hours. Now, I have been rejected by them, and I asked them if I could at least get the test results, and they replied ...
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Can I tell a potential employer the dollar amount of other offers?

I am a senior in college, looking at getting a job. I have interviewed recently at several places. One of them gave me an offer, with a dollar amount mentioned, and told me that it was confidential. ...
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Pitching properly and finding out reasons why the pitch was not accepted [closed]

I was presenting a product to a company, pitching it. This was the first pitch in my life. The three employees asked many questions and knew a lot about the topic. I did not know some things. ...
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Saying no to an interview after saying yes over the phone

I have been working for a company for less than 6 months. My team in office had a warning from management that there may be a layoff. So I was applying for all kinds of jobs mostly relevant to my ...
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Is it appropriate to ask an interviewer about the position's bureaucratic footprint?

When interviewing, is it appropriate to ask the interviewer about the position's or even organizational bureaucratic footprint? I have asked it several times but I got the impression it wasn't ...
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How can I interview my future team leader?

Our current team leader is quitting his job (starting his own company) and thus we are searching for a new team leader. It's a small team of 4 people (Team leader included). Since it's a small team we ...
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In the context of evaluating job applicants, what is “flight risk” and how is it measured?

I have seen this phrase appear in some places, most notably written interview feedback documents. Here are two excerpts from an interview feedback document: The overall decision of who to employ ...
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Technical explanation to HR

As part of some phone interviews I recently had, I was asked by someone from HR to run through my CV and the technical skills I use day-to-day. I began by simply describing the tools/software I use, ...
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Wearing a suit without a tie for a formal interview?

I have a technical interview for a global bank as a software developer and I was informed by a recruiter that I should adhere to a formal dress code. I have a classic black suit, light blue shirt, ...
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How to respond to “Why are you looking for a new job?”

During job interviews it seems common for the interviewer to ask something along the lines of "Why are you looking for a new job"? The last time I was asked this was during an interview where the ...
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How to alleviate negative sentiments regarding large time gaps on resume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Handling a Gap in Your Résumé (Travel experience) Assume a software developer who mainly pursues contract work, spends time working and living frugally with an ...
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What should I expect when my potential employer invites me to visit the office?

I went to a campus info session held by the organization and chatted with a few people. Later, I sent my contact my career materials and was offered a phone interview. The phone interview lasted about ...
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Does it matter what I use to carry bulky samples of my work to an interview?

I'm going for an interview and want to bring some books, magazines, and other marketing materials that I've produced to demonstrate my past work. I just don't know what to bring them all in. I don't ...
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How do you overcome interview anxiety when writing code?

I have test anxiety, and when interviewing I often get so stressed that I have difficulty completing tasks in the interview that I normally wouldn't have trouble completing. I recently went through ...
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How should I respond when a recruiter asks me the company I received an offer from?

I am interviewing with firm A, and I informed them I received an offer from another firm B because firm B requires me to submit my decision soon, and I wanted to expedite the process with firm A. The ...
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Are transcript photocopies appropriate?

I plan to start looking for a new job soon and got my single free transcript from my university after graduation. Would future employers accept a photocopy of the transcript that I have? New copies ...
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How to respond to a direct ask of salary earned and expectations?

What is the best way to fill out an application form for a role with an unspecified salary expectation where the following questions are mandatory to complete in a pre-interview form: What is your ...
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How exactly to bring code samples to an interview? [closed]

There have been questions similar to this, but my question is HOW exactly do you showcase your code when going to an interview? Do you show screenshots, or do you bring the actual code? Do you take ...
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How do I properly follow-up with a hiring manager, to check on the status of a position?

I had an interview on Monday, which I think went fairly well. I was told that I was the last to interview for the position, and that they were expecting to make their decision by that Friday. I also ...
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How should I ask for time off to attend an interview?

I'm a computer science student and I work part-time at a local software company. Before even applying for this job, I was already in the process of applying for a summer internship at a major software ...
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How can I assess an organization to better my career?

Before switching my job, how can I assess my target organization? How can I tell: Whether their job-environment is employee-friendly (less pressure for customer hunting, more efficient core business ...
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How to introduce yourself in a telephone interview [duplicate]

(Phone rings and interviewee picks up) Interviewee: Hello! Interviewer: Hello? May I speak with Miss/Mr/Mrs X? Now in a scenario like this, what should the interviewee say? Have been pondering over ...
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Should I play a “bad cop”? Is it professional to provoke the candidates during an interview?

A friend of mine, an HR with many years of experience, told me how he finds how the candidates behave under stress. He starts from a trap, even before the interview has actually started: "Have you ...
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When is it appropriate to stop an interview early? [duplicate]

Today I've interviewed a person, who refused to try to solve a simple (and quite common) practical problem. I mean, literally refused to try to solve it. He said something like: "Well, I just don't ...
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What should you say when you don't want to go back for a 2nd interview with an Employer?

I have a friend who had a job interview. She did really well and the company invited her back for a second interview in a voice mail she got. However, the salary range they told her was lower than ...
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Resume Building: Is there a universal “Best Format”? [closed]

When looking online to build an updated resume to show people for potental jobs, I have three. One for IT, one for Buisness, and one for general admin work. Now, here is the crux of my situation, ...
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What if I don't have enough work sample for an interview?

I'm going to an interview for a programming job. I have knowledge of many things in the field but I don't have a lot of work samples and the ones that I have are only covering part of my knowledge, so ...
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How do I gauge someone's interest in a job when interviewing them?

The other day, I interviewed someone for a position in my company and this individual passed with flying colors as far as being qualified for the job. (It was a software development position) ...
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Proper etiquette when connecting with alumni

I was able to network with an alumnus who works at a company I want to apply to. In my initial approach I said that I had questions about my fit with the company and that I wanted to discuss them. I ...
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Onsite with two different companies in the same state, can I ask them to work together on their arrangements? [closed]

Recently, I have been phone interviewed by two different companies and both went well. The first company invited for onsite immediately and all the arrangements are made last week, the second company ...
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Interview with prospective employer in between busy schedule at present employer [closed]

I guess everyone has gone through this conundrum some time or the other: How to appear for an interview with a prospective employer in between a busy schedule at present employer - lie about the ...
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How can one interview somebody for a job requiring work under severe stress?

A friend of mine is working in a company which is developing and maintaining a set of mission critical products. If one of those products fail at 3 AM, it is mandatory to do something immediately to ...
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How to tell a interviewer that he is wrong on a technical question

Yesterday I went for a job interview at a product based company. In one of the interviews the interviewer asked me a question that I answered correctly (I have cross checked it) but he kept on asking ...
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What are specific ways to learn meaningful information about company culture in interviews?

What are specific ways to learn about a company's culture during the interview and application process to ensure a match? I understand the value in conversation via LinkedIn/networking, as well as ...
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What's wrong with including software “maintenance” experience on your CV?

When you write CV you usually want to include some essential thing about your current/previous job, right? The was some problems the last time I went to an interview for programmer position. I ...
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Interview question: Why did you leave your previous role? [duplicate]

I am currently in the job market for a leadership role, and could use some advice on how to answer this question objectively. My previous position was in many ways a dream job. The company was having ...
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What's the difference between mentioning my strengths and “what's special about me”?

In an interview the HR interviewer asked me the following question: What's so special about you the might make me consider hiring you? I was prepared for the classic "Mention some of your ...
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Being Interviewed by fellow candidates

I am applying for a promotion within my department. The process involves interviewing with several managers. Upon receiving my interview schedule I discovered that some of the interviewers are ...
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Which questions should I ask when interviewing with a startup?

I have an upcoming interview with a startup, but don't know what kind of questions I should ask them. I can't do much research on them since they are just now getting off the ground.