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Failed interview after situation handling

A few weeks ago I got an interview for a job as simulation engineer in the aeronautics industry. It was going quite well during the technical questions (some C code, Python, and Linux) and previous ...
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Handling interview with manipulative colleague from past job

At my new company, I've done well for myself, but one of the engineers from my last company (a senior one that was buddy-buddy with the CEO of Miserable Company Inc.) is applying to my current company....
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How do you handle an interview for a candidate who is performing poorly?

When you begin interviewing a candidate and realise early on that they really, really aren't suitable for the job (for example, for a developer role, perhaps you've discussed coding and discovered ...
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Applying for jobs when I have an obvious scar

The place I worked got shut down for safety. A friend of mine was killed, and I was hurt pretty bad another time, and it left me with very obvious scarring where my skin is much lighter around the ...
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Should I interview someone who ditched an interview before?

A year ago I was working for a start-up (in tech) and was supposed to interview this guy (X) at 10 in the morning over Skype. He did not come online that day and HR could not get in touch with him ...
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How should I respond when I lied about my education and the company finds out through background check?

I lied about my education to my employer and background check revealed I did not graduate. How do I respond to my employer after they send me the following? In order for us to move forward and ...
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Should I mention I've reversed engineered games of the company I interview at?

During the last few years, alongside with me diving into programming area, I've been playing some games of one company. Expectedly, two interests collided and part of my experience grew from the ...
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How to help a nervous candidate recover?

I have a candidate who had two excellent phone screens, but when he showed up for an interview, was shaking due to nerves. Despite his obvious nervousness, he did well enough in the first hour, ...
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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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Is there a professional way to refuse a time-consuming programming task given as a test for a job?

In the context of hiring for software development jobs, I have found that it has become common for companies to assign "programming tests" which tend to be increasingly time-consuming. For example, I ...
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Are you expecting to get a counter offer?

Recently at an job interview I was asked a question I had never been asked before. Are you expecting to get a counter offer when you announce your departure? I answered truthfully and backed my ...
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Asking about eating policy during interview

TL;DR: I want to work in a company with a strict no-eating-in-office policy. How can I ask about it during an interview? Background: Western Europe, software engineering, ~2 years experience. I have ...
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Why does charm seem to have such a significant impact in hiring?

I remember a friend who went to a top-10 University, was academically exceptional all his life, and did thorough research on the companies he was applying to, yet he would always miss out on jobs to ...
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Is it normal to ask selected job candidates for a reference from their current boss

So I was doing some interviews with my boss for a Software Engineering position, and my boss asked the candidate "If we select you as the candidate we wish to move forward with, are you able to ...
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Should I list "boredom" as a reason for leaving my previous job in an interview?

Is it fine during a job interview to affirm that one my reasons to look for a new opportunity is boredom in my current position?
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Should I expect a company with which I've interviewed to inform me if my application has been declined?

I had a Skype interview with a large multinational. At the end of the interview, they told me that they had positive thoughts about me and that they thought I was honest and genuine, also that they ...
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How to answer when asked "Are you able to work long hours" in a job interview? [closed]

Background Software Engineering Field, Sri Lanka. Generally, 60 - 80 % of Software Engineers are working 12+ hours at their job in Sri Lanka. The "Are you able to work long hours?" question is ...
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Is it okay to ask why the previous employee left or was let go?

In an interview is it okay to ask the interviewer why the previous employee left the position or was fired from the position I am applying for? I would like to understand why someone would have quit ...
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How to tell a company I won't do a background check?

To make a very long story short, I will summarize the cause of my issue. In 2005 I was charged with several felonies I did not do. In 2007, after a couple years of fighting in court, my lawyer and I ...
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I don't code as a hobby. What should I answer when asked about my GitHub?

While I've done coding in the past as a hobby, I don't do it anymore and my current employer uses a private local GitLab repository, so my GitHub wall is all white squares and the code that is in ...
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How should I answer "Tell me about a time you had a conflict at work" if I've never had conflicts?

In the past year I had interviews with a couple of US-based IT companies for a technical role at their European offices. The interviews were eerily similar: phone from HR, coding interviews over video ...
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Rejected by one team, hired by another. How to approach?

Recently I applied for a position at really great software company, at specific team - let's call it Team A. I've had three good interviews, but I got rejected after submitting a coding assignment. ...
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Is it an alarming sign, if a company's hiring process for senior/lead developer doesn't include a coding task?

I'm in the search for a new job in Germany as a senior developer (7years exp), and have done interviews for a variety of roles in large scale companies (minimum 1000 employees, IT teams 200 devs). A ...
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Politely avoid/decline handshake due to arthritis and maintaining privacy regarding a medical condition

I "know someone" who has arthritis and because they are young most people never think of it when approaching them with a handshake. Sometimes a gentle squeeze is enough to bring tears. They are also ...
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How to interview a former superior?

I'm a programmer who's now in a management position, and I've recently gained a fair amount of experience interviewing programmers. I feel very comfortable with the interview process and conduct my ...
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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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How to deal with a candidate that cheated at the initial test?

I was asked to participate in an interview with a candidate for a junior programmer job within the company I work in. The interview includes a colleague of mine an HR representative. Studying the ...
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What's the best time to arrive for an interview / meeting / appointment?

For every interview or a meeting, I surf the internet and refresh my mind on "what to do in an interview". Almost every resource I read, stated that I need to arrive ~15 mins before the interview time....
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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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Do you pay for lunch during a lunch interview?

If I am invited to a lunch (or dinner) interview at a company, would I be expected to pay for it? Should I at least try to offer and "reluctantly" decline? The company set up the lunch interview, ...
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How much can I judge a company based on a phone screening?

I had a phone screen with the hiring manager (VP of Engineering), and my impressions weren't very favorable. Some of my basic questions were answered vaguely or at best, with answers that I didn't ...
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Potential employers keep telling me my college isn't good enough - is there any way to fix this?

I'm a recent grad. I've been interviewing with companies and a lot of the ones I've really wanted to work with have turned me down after 1-2 interviews saying they're looking for someone from a more ...
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Application process has been in German (native tongue), should I inform the candidate that the interview will be held in English?

I've recently received the task to coordinate and perform a job interview for an internship position at our company. I've no experience at all at this, so please excuse my (maybe stupid) question. So ...
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I was asked to pay to write technical written test for internship

I applied for a research internship (computer science related, specifically natural language processing) at a finance company, and I was scheduled to take a technical written test (testing my ...
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How to deal with a candidate potentially having received interview answers from one of our employees

We put out a hiring ads and lots of applications came in, there is one applicant that is the daughter to one of our senior engineers. When we were interviewing her, she managed to nail every ...
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How to handle professionally if colleagues has referred his relative and asking to take easy while taking interview

There is an interview scheduled, and HR has revealed my name as the interviewer to the person (one of my colleagues) who referred this candidate. Now the colleague is continuously insisting I be ...
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Informal Chat in Concluding an Interview; is it appropriate to ask about a hobby/interest?

As a senior software developer (based in UK), I help my manager arrange and conduct interviews. My boss used to conduct the interviews himself, but realised that he needed someone more tech-savvy ...
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Why are interviewers unaware of what's on my resume? [closed]

For reasons that are not relevant for this question, I went to several interviews at multiple companies in the past few months. What I noticed is that, in the vast majority of cases, interviewers ...
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Is 'bad luck' with former employees a red flag?

I applied for an engineering position at a medium-sized* but international company. During the first interview, I got the impression that their tech stack does not quite match the public job ...
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Interview question "How long will you stay with us?"

Location: India Industry: Electronics I was being interviewed for a multinational company of relevant field. The job location was outside of India (my home country). During discussion with HR he ...
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Blacklisting resumé liars

I have been conducting interviews the last couple weeks and in some cases I had to deal with resumé liars. Most cases are just people who list in their resumés skills that they don't actually have. I ...
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Why do interviewers focus so much on why you want the job? [duplicate]

I am in the final year of my undergraduate degree and so I have been applying to PhD positions and job vacancies that I find appealing. At first I thought the interview application process would be ...
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How can I get hired despite employers distrusting why I quit a big name company and moved back to my country? [closed]

I am 29 with a degree in Marketing and I come from Romania. I graduated when I was 24, then I started to work abroad. I had an internship in the UK for 6 months, then one in Germany for another 6 ...
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How to answer "Have you ever been terminated?"

I'm filling out a job application that asks the question "Have you ever been terminated or asked to resign from a position in the past?" I did get fired from a job back in 1998. It was my first high-...
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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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Can I take a taxi or should I use public transport when the interviewing company is covering my travel costs?

I have been invited to an on-site interview for an entry-level position with a tech company. I live in Europe, and the interview will be in another European country, but the company is from the US and ...
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Is "I missed open enrollment" a reasonable explanation for why I'm leaving a job?

I missed open enrollment [the 30-day deadline in the US for new employees to elect health insurance, or else be uninsured for the rest of that calendar year]. It's ultimately on me, since my company ...
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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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Is "you will become a subject matter expert" code for "you'll be working on your own 100% of the time"?

I'm interviewing for a new job and in my last phone call they kept mentioning how they'd expect the new member to become a "subject matter expert". Part of what I really don't like about my current ...
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Why shouldn't I resign when I haven't secured another job?

Most conventional wisdom states that, when switching jobs, you should keep your current job until you have a new job offer. However, I find that I would really like to leave sooner rather than later, ...
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