Questions tagged [mistakes]

For questions involving mistakes that happen at the workplace, and to deal with the fallout or to recover from them.

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I accidentally submitted sub-optimal application to an employer and can't retract it; What do I do?

I was exploring the job-application portal for a particular employer I am very interested in and foolishly decided to see what the application process was like by "starting" an application, assuming ...
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Accidentally gave inaccurate information regarding my notice period in a phone interview

During a phone interview I was nervous and mistakenly told the interviewer that I was currently serving my notice period, however it actually finished one month ago. Is this likely to cause a problem ...
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How to hide the fact you very publicly messed up in your last job from potential employers?

This is totally hypothetical based on the recent Ryanair debacle. In no way have I screwed up at work (today, at least), and I don't work for Ryanair. So I'm the HR manager who decided to switch our ...
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Feeling impossible to leave for greater opportunity after taking a counteroffer earlier [closed]

A month ago I almost accidentally ended up in an interview which I took very relaxed not planning to get the job there at all (went just to get more interview experience). But they made me an ok offer ...
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How should a manager handle an employee who lacks intuition?

I'm a manager at a small company. My team maintains product and marketing data. One of my team members, a graphic designer named Amelia, is an increasing source of consternation. Amelia has several ...
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Job title mistake (a word missing) on my resume. Does it affect my background check?

Can anyone give me some opinions? I am now a trainee in an information security department of a company. Also, I had been a data analyst trainee in another company. Thus, when I was making my resume ...
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Ending Date Discrepancy Mistake on Resume and Background Check - 1 year

I recently received an offer for a fantastic entry-level job and they are running a background check, which is taking longer than expected. So much so that my start date was pushed back. Today, I ...
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I submitted an unapproved feature, got in trouble, now what?

TLDR: I pushed (broken) functionality without approval that ended up being caught by QA, and my boss is (rightfully) upset. What should I do? I work as a developer on a digital product. Recently, ...
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Just started a new job and I screwed up big time - How to best come back from this?

I just started at a high-intensity company doing graphic and web work. My boss had worked with me before at a third party company and loved my work, and offered for me to come on board full time with ...
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How can I fix a large financial mistake that I made?

I've made a huge mistake and am looking for some advice. I especially need advice now because I'm an emotional wreck and don't know if I can make a sane decision on my own. I was on rocky terms with ...
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How to get coworker to own up to his mistakes?

My coworker (hired 1+ years ago) has made numerous mistakes in his work, recently requiring many extra hours from both of us to fix. The mistakes are frustrating but the worst part is my coworker does ...
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Internship technical task question, revising mistakes

So I was given a technical task to do from home as part of the interviewing process for an internship and submit the task to them when I'm finished. I submitted the task, then I realized I made a ...
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Shall I accept an HR "mistake" about the contract? [closed]

I validated a "contract-to-hire" probation period, and now received my final contract for the permanent position, to sign it. It is consistent with what the HR employee and I had agreed by mail before ...
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Is "Termination with Gross Misconduct" possible after 3 months from finding that out? [closed]

My friend Bob was using the company's computer to download movies. He got caught 3 months ago, taken under disciplinary procedure and asked "Are you downloading files by using p2p software?" Bob ...
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A company addressed me by a wrong name, and then sent me an offer. How should I approach this situation?

A little over a week ago, I applied for a data science position with a company, not really expecting much to come of it. The next day, their recruiter emailed me to set up an interview, starting ...
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Should I offer additional help to my supervisor to correct my recent mistakes? [closed]

I have recently made some mistakes at work which might reflect badly on my reputation as an employee. Nothing similar happened before, I just had a temporary streak of underperformance. Additional ...
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How do I tell my boss to not intervene too much with technical decisions?

I am working in a tech start up, boss is a non technical CEO, lately we are working on trying to make the product scalable, without performance being affected. I think that he is trying to help from ...
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What's the most polite and non-confrontational way of asking to proofread someone's work? [duplicate]

I've always been good enough when it comes to spelling and grammar that I can write out documents and copy coherently and without obvious errors. Occasionally one or two things slip through, but I don'...
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How to approach senior colleague who overwrote my work files?

I've been working on a SQL dashboard project whereby I modified a template script. I became stuck on part of the project and asked for help from a senior colleague (on the same level as my manager ...
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how to handle a Misbehaviour from senior colleague?

I work for an IT organisation from 1.5 years now. Let me discuss from start, we went for a team party at a resto-bar and all those who wanted to drink alcohol had it, I even had a little. We all ...
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I emailed a colleague about a minor mistake, which was then fixed, but never got a reply. [ Did I annoy her? / Did I do anything wrong? ] [closed]

In our big company we have a media department which is monthly creating a company magazine with various articles. Over the last two magazines, I noticed that the name of a new software is not written ...
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How to ask my boss to verify if he forgot to do something?

I've started as an intern in a university research lab recently and am under the direction of a really busy professor. To get paid, I submitted a cheque sample to my university's finance department, ...
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Senior dev always makes careless mistakes - how to not feel frustrated? [closed]

I work with a senior developer with more 15 years of experience - we'll call him Paul - who displays a very careless attitude, and demonstrates a complete disregard for other people's time and ...
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How do I stop making silly mistakes at work? [closed]

I have been working as a software engineer at a small IT consulting firm for 3 years now. I try to do excellent work but very careless and silly mistakes creep into my work. For example, sending email ...
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Should I ask for a clarification in reply mail? [closed]

Recently I got this mail from my colleague, Should I ask for a clarification through reply mail? or should i say in personal?
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Mistakenly Emailed Wrong Recipient

I am in the middle of a job search...putting feelers out. I hired a resume writer who shares the same name as a colleague. I mistakenly emailed my colleague (from my personal email account after ...
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Lost my manager's pendrive - what to do?

I've recently been to a presentation in a client's office which is located in another city. My manager handed me his laptop, modem and pendrive for the presentation. It was on the last day of the week ...

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