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Questions tagged [interviewing]

Questions relating to interviews and the interviewing process.

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Potential employer flew me out for interview, cancels return flight

A company I was interested in just flew me out for an interview. It was on the other side of the country so they paid for my flight and hotel. Unfortunately, the interview went disastrously. I blew ...
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Is it rude to leave an interview early if you have already made your decision?

A friend of mine went on an interview recently for a software developer position at a well known company. It was a senior position, and he had very relevant business experience in the industry. I ...
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What to make of bizarre off-topic questions during job interview

Last week, I interviewed for a mid-level programmer position. It ended up being the strangest interview of my life. I won't name the company, but it was not a startup and was full of people who have ...
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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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Candidate's answer during an interview disqualifies them. Is it unprofessional to immediately inform them of this?

As a senior software developer (based in the UK), my manager has me conduct interviews for junior developers alongside either himself or another senior developer. For the most part, he gives us a free ...
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Is it acceptable to do a security test on a company's open WiFi before an interview?

I was invited to an interview for an IT position in an organization called XYZ. While waiting in the lobby, I found an open WiFi network called XYZ. I connected to it and was greeted with a web page ...
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What should I do when my dream company is interested in me before my skills are developed?

There is a company I adore and working there would be my dream job. My plan was to continue working on my programming skills (which are currently underdeveloped) and then start contributing to this ...
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A programming task is scaring off candidates, should we ditch it?

It is the first time that I am doing HR, and we are looking for a developer. The selection process is three rounds: technical phone interview, programming task (0.5 - 1 hr challenge), and then finally ...
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New employer wants me to pay for ISO 9001 accreditation before employment begins - is this a scam?

I recently went for an interview for a new job, the interview took place in the restaurant of a hotel in Euston, UK. They called 2 days later to inform me I got the job of a customer service advisor ...
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How do we evaluate a candidate who would not speak to any women during the interview process?

In our small company with a few employees, everyone's input is important. We call each candidate in for two interviews, one with the owners and another with the Head Developer and a team member who ...
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Should I share my opinion of my former manager (from a different company) who's interviewing to be my new manager?

I previously worked under "Mr Jones", who was a terrible team leader/manager - no shielding from stakeholders, no support with issues, promised the world to stakeholders and the team but never ...
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How can we handle overqualified applicants for an entry level position?

My company is interviewing several people for an entry-level programming position later this week. We have a couple of applicants that appear to be overqualified (they both could apply to senior level ...
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How can I ask a potential employer to show production code?

In my experience, managers and even employees at a potential employer tend to emphasize the commitment to quality in their company or their team during interviews. I am also routinely asked about my ...
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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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How to respond to “You should have skipped college” in an interview?

In seeking my first full time position related to my college major, I was at a "cattle call" type job fair. One of the managers I was sent to looked at my resume and commented that I didn't have any ...
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Providing post-interview feedback to a candidate who I suspect was googling answers

I'm a fan of providing concrete feedback to candidates after an interview, if for no other reason than because it was something I would want if interviewing myself. However, I have someone that I'm ...
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Turned down a client after accepting dinner, how could I have handled this better?

I was approached by a guy recently who wanted me to be involved in his startup. He asked me to meet him, he bought me dinner, talked about funding and market potential, etc, then invited me to see the ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a potential employer for samples of their code and/or employee contact information, to determine if I want to work there?

I'm currently looking for a new job as a developer. There are two things that companies usually require that bother me a lot: long programming assignments and reference checks. There are plenty of ...
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The mysterious salary formula

I've been observing a trend in several European and American software companies when it comes to salary negotiations. Basically, HR says we have a "formula" to calculate the salary for our employees ...
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Why do companies not want to hire over qualified people?

I've heard stories of how people looking for jobs have been turned down by companies because they are over-qualified, even when they are willing to take a (sometime substantial) pay-cut. Why do ...
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Candidate brought parent to interview

I had an interview with a potential employee who applied to our company. The interview didn't go badly, but the candidate came with her mother who waited in our waiting room during the interview. I ...
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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 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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Is staying in the first job for a long time (>2 yrs) a bad thing?

I am a software developer with about 2 years of professional experience. Some of my buddies (who also work in IT) tell me that the 2-year mark is a time where you should start looking for a new job ...
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How can I respond to “Why shouldn't we hire you?”

Can someone please explain what the employer wants to get from the question, "Why shouldn't we hire you?" What type of answers are generally acceptable responses to this question?
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What to put in “reason” when asking for days off for job interview at another place?

I need to take a couple of days off for a job interview I need to fly to get there. What should I say at the "reason" part that won't make it too suspicious?
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As an interviewee, how to handle situations where the interviewer is unprepared or asking the wrong questions?

I was interviewing for a software engineering position, but one of the interviews was... off. The primary interviewer in one was: Not prepared (didn't seem to have questions prepared) Having a hard ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Do I have to bring up a candidate's troubled history?

About 3 years ago, my coworker "Charles" convinced 14 people in my org to join a Fantasy Football league with a $100 buy-in. (14 people pay $100 at the beginning, and then the $1,400 would be ...
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Can I ask “How did I do?” at the end of an interview?

When an interviewer asks "Do you have any questions?" at the end of an interview, is it acceptable to ask (as one of a few questions) How did I perform/do during this interview?
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Why is it not a good idea to “badmouth” a previous employer?

My life is miserable at the company I work for. I'm in the tech industry in an organization with one of the best companies in the world, yet the workplace I'm in is completely toxic. People seriously ...
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Is it right to ask candidate why he is applying for developer while he was a leader?

I got a CV to review of a candidate who was previously a team lead and now he is applying for a developer role in our team. I see it as downgrade of ones career but I don't want to make an ...
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When giving feedback to interviewers, should I be honest?

I recently had a job interview at company x that went terribly. I was late to the interview by less than 5 minutes (due to cell signal issues I had trouble locating the location using my cell phone), ...
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Falsely claimed current salary higher than actual in an interview and now I'm being asked for a salary sheet

I went on an interview and told that my salary expectation is X+. They asked my current salary and I said Y (actually I have Z salary which is less than Y but I do feel I am underpaid in current ...
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How should I respond to an inappropriate question in a job interview?

In the United States, it is considered discriminatory to consider certain things about a candidate when hiring, unless that thing is actually relevant to that job. Specific to this question, a person'...
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Is it okay to ask for respect from interviewer?

In a past interview for a company I had several one-on-one interviews with several different people. With one individual, the interviewer's phone rang and he answered the phone and talked to his wife ...
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Working on live dev code in the interview process: ethical?

I am having an issue with this particular company's interview process and need some insight on what people think about this so that I can judge it more accurately. Here's the situation: After an ...
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What does it mean when an interviewer is rude?

I've had a lot of interviews over the past 5 years and never had such an experience with an interviewer. I had an interview yesterday and we started by chatting casually about the work. He would ask ...
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If I am fat and unattractive, is it better to opt for a phone interview over a Skype interview?

I have been offered the choice of a phone interview or a Skype interview for a software engineering position. I've heard Skype is generally better because you can see the person's face. But I am a ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a software developer about extra hours spent for side projects and open-source (as a hobby)?

Stackoverflow developer survey asked in 2015 about number of weekly hours dedicated to side projects / open-source outside of work (or programming as a hobby). This is an interesting question and I ...
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How can I politely turn down the exit interview?

I already know that there is no benefit in being honest or in giving good suggestions to improve things at the company as no change will be applied from the exit interview suggestions. I also do not ...
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Got into a (technical) argument with my interviewer - should I apologize?

I had a technical phone interview today where the interviewer and I had a disagreement on a (small, very unimportant) technical detail in my code where he was suggesting one thing and I disagreed and ...
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If you were asked to sing or do other weird things at a job interview, does this mean that the employer is not taking you seriously?

I was applying for a position related to personnel work. At the job interview, as expected, the panelists asked me a battery of questions about my work experience and goals. Later on, however, they ...
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Is stress interview a red flag when deciding whether to accept the offer?

I have been the subject of what was obviously a stress interview: first emphasizing that some of my past achievements are void here, then asking me to tell them about my own shortcomings myself, then ...
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(Accidentally?) hired into the wrong position

A company was hiring several developers. Among them a embedded software developer position with some very strict requirements (like 10+ years of experience with C) that I in no way qualify for (I'm a ...
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Employer has changed offer after I already accepted

I got a job offer from a reputable company that I have accepted after negotiating with the technical manager who I will be reporting to. Strangely, I got a call today from the HR telling me that there ...
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Is it appropriate to ask about a company's dress code during an interview?

Many people are dissatisfied with their company's dress code. Seeing as this can be an important factor in job satisfaction is it appropriate to ask about the dress code during an interview? If ...
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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 ...