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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 offer without any details but asking me to withdraw other applications - is it normal?

I have recently applied for a job through a recruitment agency, and had my interview last Thursday. On Friday the agent called me and said that the company is keen on giving me an offer. He said he ...
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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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My employer faked my resume to acquire projects

I joined a company in India two months ago as my first job. I was pulled into my current project within a month. I am comfortable working as a shadow for the project. Recently I - as well as others ...
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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 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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How to work a regular job as a former celebrity

I am formerly somewhat of a minor celebrity. I'm no Michael Jordan or Brad Pitt, but probably 5 - 10% of you here from the US would have some familiarity with me. As my time in the spotlight has ...
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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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Employer demanding to see degree after poor code review

Today I had a code review at a new position I started almost 3 weeks ago. I was assigned a task working with my company's own CMS and a senior dev was supposed to do the code review. My employer ...
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I just started; should I accept a farewell lunch for a coworker I don't know?

I just started a new job and I was sent an invite to a farewell lunch for a coworker on my team. I don't know the person and haven't talked to/seen him yet. The invite was sent through an email with ...
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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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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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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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Are there significant additional risks in changing jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I am a software developer in the UK, and have been actively looking for new roles. I have been at my current place of work for 3 years. I'm certainly not unhappy at my current place of work, I've just ...
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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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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 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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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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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 do I tell our HR that I don't want to "perform" in our Christmas party?

I recently joined this company and they have this tradition wherein newcomers must "perform" in the Year-end/Christmas party. It's going to be a short performance in the stage, most likely in-between ...
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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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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 "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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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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How can I avoid having an interviewer lie to me about what the job will entail?

I applied for a job. During the interview I had the impression that contrary to what I understood from the ad: the job focused on something a bit different, let's call it aspect X. I was honest and ...
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Working extra unpaid hours to compensate for low productivity?

I am a very junior DevOps intern. Being an intern, I know that it is expected for me to not have the experience of my coworkers, and that impostor syndrome is a common problem for developers. However, ...
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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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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 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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Manager faked my experience to get projects from a client

PLEASE NOTE :- The answers given here does not answer my question, as it does not mention the problems that I have been through. I am in a very similar situation as the OP of this question. Unlike the ...
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Is a job offer letter with no mention of salary structure legal or correct?

Recently I cleared an interview and I accepted the job offer letter during this I discuss about salary points verbally with Head of HR. When I received offer letter by email, I read the whole letter ...
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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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Company says they will give offer letter only after I join them

After finishing my interview process, the company which is looking to hire me says that they would give me the offer letter only after I join them. They keep insisting that I give them my joining date ...
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Declining welcome lunch invitation at new job due to Ramadan

I am starting a new position next month and I have been kindly invited to a team lunch. I would love to go, but due to the month of Ramadan I will be fasting during the day - no food or drinks allowed....
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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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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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Started new job and don't like it

5 months ago I left a job of 4 years to work at a big insurance corporation doing computer programming. Now that I am where I always wanted to be, I realized only after a few months that I do not like ...
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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 can I effectively communicate to recruiters that a phone call is not possible?

I am a software developer in the UK, I am currently searching for a new job. Among the various methods I'm using are recruiters. I understand that the normal workflow of a typical recruiter will ...
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Feeling like a fraud at a startup I joined as an intern

TL;DR: Young inexperienced coder gets an internship, gets offered a stake in the start-up he's working for, and now feels like a big fraud. Some context I'm a coder from an undisclosed European ...
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Is it a red flag if a job posting says they don't negotiate offers?

I've recently applied to a company and got invited for an interview at a future date, but surprisingly my first response from them includes the words, "we do not negotiate our offers". The ...
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Am I being unreasonable with my company which is trying to change my commuting shortly after hiring me?

I was just hired for my first full-time position since graduating from University. The location is 15 minutes away from my parent’s house, and I just moved back in with them from college to accept/...
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What should I do when my company overstates my experience to prospective clients?

I just joined an outsourcing company this month. On the first day of work my manager asked me to update my resume to follow the company format. The only weird thing is that in the resume they gave me, ...
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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 normal for an employment contract to involve signing over prior intellectual property?

I'm in process of starting a new job, and the employment contract contains a clause that states any intellectual property I created before (!) signing the contract becomes the property of the company ...
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