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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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Would a pending offer make another employer less interested?

I had an interview early this week that went well. At the end of the interview I mentioned that I had a pending offer and asked how quickly the process would go? I haven’t heard anything in 3 days and ...
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Should I keep hiring for my current job, even after have giving notice myself?

I'm a Tech Lead for a big company in Germany. I worked here for the last three years, but recently resigned and I have two weeks left at this company. The company is growing and wants to hire [X] ...
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Got fired for fraternization. What to do now?

I had 1.5 and years of experience in a company and after a lot of struggle I got selected in a very good company which paid good. They sent me to Singapore, and I did something stupid. I was caught ...
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How to respond to “tell us about yourself” in an interview? [duplicate]

I have been job hunting for a few months, as of writing. I have gone through a number of interviews, in some of which the interviewer/hiring manager has asked "could you tell us about yourself?&...
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Pulled out of job interview - they want to talk to me about my reasons [closed]

I applied for a tech job, went through several rounds of interviews and got called to the final round. However, I did not like the job and decided to pull out of the process. Wrote a polite email ...
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Can you ask the recruiter to delete your CV after being rejected?

Can you ask the recruiter to delete your CV from their database after being rejected without any feedback? This is under the GDPR, in EU. The reason - not keeping your information. The rejection ...
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How is flipping interviewer's question considered as an approach on a job interview?

Opening some interview questions and answers web site, it's perfectly acceptable to expect on a job interview questions like: Tell me 3 of your weaknesses Why did you leave X after Y months?(what if ...
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Supporting statement, competency evidence, cover letter

I am an international applicant, and I am applying for a teaching job in the UK. In the online application there is a section for competency evidence questions, and there is another section for ...
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How should I communicate to candidates that we are lying to them? [duplicate]

The company that I work for is pretty poorly regarded, and only offers unfulfilling, boring, low-skill projects. It gets candidates to join by lying about the role and saying that they'll work on ...
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What is a good way to interpret an employer's response that “One third of testing is automated”?

In a recent interview with one employer, running a relatively large local platform, mentions that one-third of their testing is automated. They are initially built on PHP but are migrating to various ...
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How should I approach answering behavioural interview questions?

My college career center has provided me a sheet with the most common interview questions. So far (in past interviews) I have never been asked a question that was not on the sheet. I have an interview ...
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As a software development hiring manager, do you subtract points from candidates who talk about their side projects during the interview? [closed]

My perspective is this, employees who have side projects will inevitably not be able to concentrate on the job that they are employed to work on. Is this feeling shared amongst hiring managers in the ...
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Employer doesn't 'usually' hire women

I started applying for jobs recently after working as freelancer for a couple of years and one of the interviews I went to I was told that the company doesn't 'usually' hire women, because we have '...
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I made a mistake on length of employment

I applied to a job as a mental health service case manager, I honestly did not think I was going to get the job and the interview process has been intense. They told me to submit an application aside ...
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Declining to provide request for references

So the long and short of it is that I fell out of the job market due to illness in my previous job. Unfortunately, there was certainly a component of mental illness to it (i.e. stress and health-...
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How to counter these salary negotiation questions with HRs?

I'm a Software Engineer from India having current CTC: 9 LPA (Lakhs per annum) and years of Experience: 4. I've an offer of 14 LPA and serving my notice period. The companies in which I'm interviewing,...
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Asking for reference in the same phone interview email

I applied for a job and four weeks later I received an email from my potential employer, asking me if I was available for a phone interview and also to provide reference.I replied that I was available ...
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Magento web project for an interviewer

I've been asked to complete a home page with specific components on Magento 2 and then to share the link to it via GitHub. I'm fairly new to GitHub and I am not sure this is the right way to do it. ...
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Shadowing an interview with my referral

I recently referred a former colleague for a job on my immediate team. (He was never my direct coworker, but someone who I had worked closely with in a "peer" capacity at my previous job). ...
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Conflict of interest in my internal interview process - manager who interviewed me got the job

I recently had an internal interview for a management position. I was interviewed by the CEO and another senior manager. The senior manager later decided he wanted to apply for the role (after ...
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Does a period of unemployment reduce the chances of getting a tech interview? Why are recruiter calls not converting to interviews?

For bachelors and masters in Computer Science, I attended elite(top10) schools in India and US. Then, I worked in two S&P 400 companies with a total work exp of 4 years. I was fired on a company-...
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Advice on Staying Motivated During Interviews Elsewhere

Recently, I decided to leave my current employer due to some reasons I'll try to hurry through: Toxic & abusive former manager demoted me without cause, I think this was due to scapegoating a ...
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Is it acceptable to state in an interview that the work you've done at your previous job left you feeling unfulfilled?

I currently work in the insurance industry handling claims and at times I feel like the work is both too easy and unfulfilling. Now after browsing this site and seeing questions regarding if you ...
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How do I navigate an interview when the interviewer is late?

I am currently interviewing for a position. I was asked to either join a virtual interview room or call for an audio only experience. I joined the interview room ten minutes early and when my ...
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I told a candidate that 'we loved him', was it so wrong

Summary: I've told job candidate "I love you as a candidate, but we can't offer job right away". The candidate expressed reservation about working with me, because I had used the word 'love' ...
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Give references right away or not?

I'm a software engineer, and am in the interview process for a project that I like. The project is outsourced - we'll be working for Company-A, writing software for company-B. Company-A is waiting to ...
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Location changes during interview

I applied for a role in the city I live. The role was announced on Indeed, and the location on the job description was the city I live. During the first phase of the interview, I heard that the role ...
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Interviewer was two hours late

I feel like I did the right thing, but I'm just entering into the film industry. I really am willing to see if I could have overreacted on this in any way. I found this post for an internship on a ...
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Coding interview expectations [closed]

I applied for a software engineer position at a company. After a 15 minute screening with little technical depth mostly personality, they requested I do a code interview over the weekend. No problem. ...
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Am I writing this email correctly?

So he said two software developers will be interviewing me and he asked me for "a couple times that may work for you this week or next week" for a second interview, but I am stuck on my ...
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What are the various excuses which can be given to the manager while interviewing in office time?

I'm an experienced Software Engineer in India. My manager is a weird person and want all of his team to sit in front of PC all the time, despite having no work. He calls anyone anytime and if someone ...
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What are your biggest productivity vampires as a developer? [closed]

Curious to hear from my fellow developers as to what the biggest drains on your time are that take you away from doing productive work.
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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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Interview Offer [closed]

I am currently searching and received an invitation to interview with a company that would require at least an hour plus commute. The company does have a location closer to my home. How should I ...
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What would be a good response to “Do you like spending special time with coworkers”?

Background: I was asked this in a phone interview. It took me by surprise, and I faltered here. I couldn't figure out just what to make of "special time" - unfortunately, that time I didn't get the ...
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Company wanted to move to an advanced stage in the interview process, but hasn't responded

A company I was applying for wanted to move the third, and presumably the last, step in the hiring process. One of their interviews was 2 in 1. I replied to their request for the third interview with ...
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Is it okay to tell the interviewer than I have another job offer

I have a job offer which I need to respond to within a week. I am interviewing at another organization and cleared first round on Monday. I emailed to HR of the second organization (as politely as I ...
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How should I obtain the initial industrial experience that every company is asking for?

After I finished my Ph.D. project, I joined a PostDoc position in another University, and now I decided to join the industry as I find it more dynamic more result driven and more challenging. However, ...
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What is the point of the HR question about possibility to leave them?

I was in an interview with the HR and the technical expert of a big company in one interview session. One of the last questions that HR asked me was, "What should we do if you decide to leave us ...
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Is it appropriate to ask the recruiter for scheduling an appointment when they give you an unexpected phone call?

I got accustomed to scheduling a proper time slot when a recruiter wants to have an initial phone interview to discuss a job position or my application. That way I can make sure I have the precise ...
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Strategy to solve lot of leetcode questions fast [closed]

I am new to Python , but have to learn it for interviews. I have experience in shell scripting but no FAANG accepts coding interviews in shell. So every question I have to go over each of the ...
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How to ask recruiter to reconsider? [closed]

I interviewed with a Forbes 10 company last month and they rejected me because the position is fairly limited in availability and it gets filled up right away. However, just yesterday I found out that ...
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Got rejected in a coding interview even though I felt I could get to the next round. How can I be consistently successful in coding interviews? [closed]

About two months ago, I was interviewed by a developer from a start-up company and he asked me to write C++ code for a straight-forward problem (Given an array of integers, return the prime numbers in ...
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How to explain long time to finish college

It took me 7 years instead of the 4 to get bachelor's. I have no excuse other than I slacked off and skipped class/played video games. How to explain if an interviewer asks me why it took me so long?
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How should I approach interviewing a software engineer who has a lot of experience?

In the past I interviewed and hired fresh graduates, and people with up to 5 years of experience. Now we have a project that calls for an experienced engineer who can design and develop the whole ...
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How to explain long duration of study caused by “slacking off”? [duplicate]

My 5 year study of mechanical engineering ultimately ended up taking almost 9 years. While I had some technically relevant holiday jobs during that time, I don't have a good explanation why it took me ...
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How to define a “formal offer” in remote working style?

Nowadays, since pandemic broken, more and more companies take the remote working style. So some job position like programmers, companies would take the remote work style. So in this situation, I meet ...
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I think I am being perceived as too junior in job interviews despite my experience. What can I do to prevent this?

I had an interview for a job where I had 2 years extra experience than they were asking for and a higher level qualification than what they asked. The feedback was that I seem very intelligent, ...
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How to prepare for a first time meeting in a new role

I'm starting a new role as a development team lead in a large American corporate software development firm. Over the course of my first week, I'll be introducing myself to various stakeholders. During ...

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