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Questions tagged [new-job]

Questions about starting a new job, the etiquette required, and potential pitfalls involved.

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How can I inform my boss that I may have been hired by mistake?

I was hired at my current workplace just over a month ago. During the interview process, I found out that someone I knew from university was also interviewing for the position. I'll call him Jim. Jim ...
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Job asking for bank email and password

I just got a job offer with a mobile entertainment network company. But it doesn't feel right with what they are asking. They want my account information. But they also want my user name and password ...
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How can I avoid being chastised for a project I inherited which was already buggy, but I was told to add features instead of fixing it?

Past: Start new job as software engineer out of college. Assigned an uncommented, undocumented, mess of a project with no training or mentors. I am the only person working on this project, nobody else ...
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Everyone involved in my hiring process left the company before I started: is this a red flag?

Today I started a new job as team leader in a new company (150 employees in total, the branch in my city counts about 35-40 people). It is in IT and IT consultancy (company is more towards ...
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How much should I say in an exit interview?

I am the only expert in a certain area in my current company. I have tried bringing up suggestions to improve my working conditions, but because company and my boss don't understand exactly what I'm ...
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Hiring manager asked me not to accept other offers but isn't extending a verbal confirmation, let alone a formal offer

I interviewed for two openings almost in parallel. One offer, let's call it Job-A is much better for my career than (let's call it) Job-B. I have been offered Job-B and the employer is waiting for me ...
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Spouse is leaving the company we both work for. I will follow but much later. How to handle questions?

Both my spouse and I work at a large corporation. The local branch has around 1,000 people. We are relocating to a different state - and my spouse goes first. I will follow in six months due to ...
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How to turn down request from prospective employer for current employer's code?

I obtained an interview with the development team leader and CEO of a startup company. At the end of the interview, the development team leader asked me to send him an email with websites' links to ...
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How do I convince my employer to match the salary of my new job offer?

I have a new job offer that offers 60% more salary than my current job and the same benefits. I am located in Pakistan and I was headhunted for this offer. But I do not wish to leave my current job—it ...
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Would I be wrong to leave the start-up I’m working for with one month’s notice? [duplicate]

I work for a 25-person startup company. Even though we are a startup we have good funding from a big investor. My role here is CTO (not co-founder) taking care of 5-6 people (used to be 10+). My boss ...
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Recruiter is asking for sample code

After a good telephone conversation with an IT recruiter, he asked for sample C# (software) code of a project of my current employer. Although this is a logic question, it is impossible to send code ...
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Manager is asking future employee to do work before start date

A friend of mine is starting a new job in a few weeks. The contract is already signed. The manager just send her an email in the morning asking her to do some work until next day. She currently has ...
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Is it reasonable to ask how the company is to trans folks?

I'm soon to be a college grad, and starting to get job offers. I'm transgender and will be transitioning when I start working. This transition will be obvious. My body and appearance will become ...
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I am the replacement for my friend, should I warn him in advance?

My friend casually mentioned that there is a another position at the company opened up and I'd be good for it. I thought it was a great idea and went straight to boss about it. He thought it was great ...
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How to respond to, “How long will this take?” when in a new job position

I started a new job two weeks ago using technologies that are new to me. I was upfront from the start about what I did and did not know so there's no surprises. I do a little of everything and so I ...
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First job in an office, very small company, am I screwing up by overdressing?

First job in an office, not even a real job yet but it's paid and I have a very good chance at becoming full time in a few months - super small web based company right now with only 3 of us in house ...
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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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I accepted a counter offer and regret it: can I go back and contact the previous company?

Four months ago I was job searching and I received an offer for a really great role which was a great opportunity, however my current company countered big time (promotion, raise, stock options). I ...
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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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Ex-employer is using fake accounts with my name

I have recently switched my job and joined new company. But I seeing that my ex-employer is using fake accounts (mostly social media profiles such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Xing and many others) with my ...
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I just started my first real job, and have been asked to organize the office party. How do I handle this?

I just started at my first “real” job as a programmer out of college two months ago at a large corporation. For some reason, my manager and other managers thought it would be an excellent idea for me ...
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How can one resign from a new job gracefully?

A friend of mine just started a new job and already it's clear he's not a good fit for the position. He's not performing to their expectations and frankly he's not happy either. He's not under a ...
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Young professional co-worker thinks she is not performing enough

I am a young professional with around six months of software engineering experience. I work with a young girl who is writing her bachelor's thesis in my company. We get along well, and I always see ...
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Didn't get enough time to take a coding test - what should I do now?

I got an interview call from a company after a friend referred me for a vacancy in his team. The call was from a team manager and not any HR personnel. One interview for this week, Monday, was ...
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How to safeguard your trade secrets at work? [duplicate]

I work in the analytics function of a company, which has just started. The sales team until now were making their own reports from their data. Having some experience in the analytics domain I have a ...
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Fired for gross misconduct because I sent confidential information to personal mailbox - how do I get another job? [duplicate]

I was dismissed for a breach of confidentiality. I was working on some client confidential information on my client issued laptop and I emailed this info to my personal mailbox as I wanted to ...
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How to best manage calling in sick for your first week?

General question: if you are very sick I think you have no choice but to call in sick even if it's your first week. How bad does this look to your new employer? Are there things you can do to avoid ...
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At new job coworker acts aggressively as a joke

I started a new job at a call center recently. The office is quite large and the company itself has about 50,000 employees. There's one guy I sit close to who is making me uncomfortable and ...
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Is it ever worth asking a question if you know the answer is “no”?

I'm a relatively new Programmer (2 months) at a relatively small company. I've been tasked with coming up with a solution to a problem we've had, and I've thought of two ways to tackle it. Option A ...
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Is automating my job a good idea? [duplicate]

Recently I landed a part-time job re-sizing images for a local custom-printing business, and while I'm really excited to start working, I couldn't help but notice the obvious flaw in the fact that ...
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How should I respond to the classic “Introduce yourself” question in an interview?

Almost any interview begins with the classic question of "Introduce yourself". Somehow I found mixed levels of detail as answers to this question. How should you ideally respond to this question ...
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Job offer contingent on background check: when to give notice?

I have recently accepted a job offer from an employer (a relatively large one with big HR dept). Basically everything went fine: salary/benefits negotiated, start-date determined, etc. I got the ...
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Is it unprofessional to leave a job early as a trainee?

So I recently got a job at a cellphone company. Don't get me wrong. I love the job. It taught me a lot of things. I love the people there and my boss. But I had a very uncomfortable situation with ...
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Had an accident that makes me use crutches. Will that affect my new job?

In a week I'll start a job as a programmer which I'm really interested in. However, I hurt my foot and I need to use crutches for a month. I'm kind of worried it would make some kind of 'bad' ...
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How to ask a male boss for a sanitary bin in the women's bathroom?

I've recently started working in a small business (10-15 employees), and noticed that the women's bathroom lacks a sanitary bin. Since the team is mostly male, and the only two other female employees ...
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Confidentiality of Terms: Cannot discuss salary or benefits

I recently witnessed an offer of employment where, under the confidentiality of terms, it stated: You agree to follow the Company's strict policy that employees must not disclose, either directly ...
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HR wants to push my start date by a month

Today I got a phone call from HR of my new (future) workplace. I have already got my appointment letter from that company. It stated that my joining date as 1st of coming month. But today they called ...
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A temp agency is asking me to release all my medical records. Should I be suspicious?

I'm 17 in the U.S. (California) and have found an internship with a software company. This is the second internship I've had, and have been employed over the summer once before. They've asked me to ...
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Should I notify the new company to use my preferred name in the on-boarding process?

I got this job at this new company. I used my legal name when I filled out the job application form. I also had my legal name on my resume as well when I applied for this job. Now, I just got the ...
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Leaving a job very early to accept another offer [duplicate]

I was unemployed for a few months and during that time I interviewed with lots of companies. One of them was very quick and offered me a job very fast. They was not my favorite company and I thought ...
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Should I remove the previous occupant's belongings from my new desk?

I just started a new job. The person that previously had my desk left some things on the desk. I waited 2 weeks and she has not returned to pick them up. Should I throw these things away? Things left ...
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Should I tell my boss I'm leaving before going job-hunting?

Background: I have been working for this company for 4+ years and I feel that it's time for me to move on, find another job that has better benefits and pay, and to experience more growth. I'm in my ...
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How should I deal with bullying while looking for a new job?

I'm working as a (female) IT technician in a worldwide company (located in Central Europe, Austria). I've been here 1.5 years. I'm turning 21 this month, so it's my first job. The basic work is okay, ...
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Should I worry if I'm the youngest person in my company?

I've recently been hired as a software engineer at a small (about 60 people) and nice company. I have 3 years of experience (at two companies - one of which was a multinational one), and I have just ...
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Started a new job, getting bored regularly [closed]

I have recently started a new job two months ago after a bout of major depression which I took 8 months off work with minimal sick pay in my previous role before resigning. Rushed into this new job ...
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I've accepted a new job and handed in my notice. My employer wants me to work a longer notice, what should I do?

I've accepted a new job and given my required month's notice to my current employer, both are startups. My employer asked me if I could stay a little longer, as they're going through an investment ...
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Acceptable interview answer: To be honest… I just need to earn some money? [closed]

I've always given the standard bullsh** answer to the usual interview question: Why do you want to work for us? To work at your company is an exciting opportunity for me to exercise the immense ...
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How should I explain that I'm looking for a job because my employer may be shutting down?

I'm working for a company "A" that was recently acquired by a larger company "B". There are some rumors that company "B" will shut us down and most employees will have to find somewhere else to work. ...
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How soon should I advocate for making changes after starting in a new job?

I recently started a new job at a new company as a Systems Administrator. The company is a small business with about 120 employees that, in my opinion, is on the cusp of becoming a medium-sized one ...
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Inflated grade on resume at previous job, might former employer tell new employer?

I’m 24 years old and have just landed an offer for my dream job. I sailed through the interview process and the company were extremely impressed with my experience and performance during the process....