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Questions tagged [recruitment]

The process of finding potential new employees.

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How to conduct an interview for a subject I'm not really good at?

I'm currently working for a small company as a website/software developer. I mainly write the server side code; the interfaces I create for the website are bland and don't really interact with the ...
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How to effectively repell recruiters' annoying curiousity about other pursued opportunities?

I have made a mistake of answering the question "Are you interviewing elsewhere?" and now a recruiter regularly includes a question on how the other interview is going. I feel that there is no good ...
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What criteria should I use to judge job-posting sites?

The amount of sites (both free and paid) offering to post job openings keeps growing. Free or paid is not a good criteria to judge quality by, as many paid sites just take jobs from other (free or ...
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How do I indicate I'm not a foreign national on my resume?

I'm a first-generation American, but my parents are from The Old Country and as such gave me a pretty traditional name for their culture. The problem is: in my field of choice, it's common for those ...
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Issue with background-check on previous employment start-date

I am a recent graduate and I was given an entry level IT job offer by a large corporation not too long ago. They required a recent computer science graduate for the position, I met the requirement and ...
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What is the maximum amount of time considered appropriate to respond to a recruiter? [duplicate]

I receive a reasonable number of unsolicited emails from recruiters (ie. Skype, Microsoft, Amazon). Often I'm not interested in the opportunity, but I may be interested in working for the company in ...
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How should I respond to vague recruiter requests?

A recruiter contacted me with a pretty vague request. It's somewhat phrased as follows (modified to avoid arousing too much suspicion): Software Engineering Opportutnies @ LinkedIn Hi, we ...
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Recruiter sent me a job description, I figured out who the company was [closed]

A recruiter somehow contacted me regarding a programming contract role, and I don't recall posting my resume to them but anyhow, I told them I wasn't interested and they emailed me the job description ...
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After a job interview, is it inappropriate if I want to talk to an employee in private?

I would possibly ask if they are happy about working for the company and maybe a few more questions about the corporate culture.
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Major differences between direct hire and contract to hire?

I have been getting a lot of recruiters calling me since I went on the job market and many of them have been pointing me towards contract to hire positions. Each recruiter assures me that if I get ...
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Is it worth redoing a very long resume after I've already gotten an interview?

I submitted my 9 page resume (I have 15 yrs exp) to Amazon.com, and have been scheduled for my 1st phone screen with them. I've been wanting to convert my resume into 2 pages, however since I already ...
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Expressing interest in a position early in the resume collection process

I recently came across a position on my university's career center website. I am graduating next month, and meet all of the qualifications listed for the position. The position matches my interests, ...
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Why would an employer seek candidates by an employment agency that sends out job advertisements describing requirements, but not the employer?

I'm a PhD student in my final year. Regularly, I get spam advertising bogus journals, unknown conferences, or sites that want to list my CV. Recently I received an e-mail from a recruiting firm. ...
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When applying for jobs, how important is it to live in the city you want to work in?

I am currently job hunting for jobs on the West Coast from my residence in the Midwest. Would I have a better chance of getting a job if I moved to Seattle (where I want to work) than I would applying ...
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Changing when you're able to interview - Asked interested company to wait for me to graduate, but that's delayed

I'm an undergraduate student at an overseas campus of a university that's not based where I am. If everything went well, I'd graduate around this august and when contacted by a recruiter, I'd asked ...
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Why do recruiters ask for ID and/or references?

I am applying for jobs through a recruiter, and have just been asked to provide ID and/or references before being put forward for a role. If I get the job and the company wishes to have reference and ...
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Is it a good idea to put Summary in place of Objective in your resume?

I've seen lots of resume which has it's first section called "Objective" which (usually) states your career plan as to what you want to be, and what kind of position you're looking for. I find this ...
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What is the proper way to deal with a recruiter who calls you on the number of your current company? [duplicate]

It happened to me already the second time in the last few months that a recruiter called and asked for me on the central phone number of the company where I currently work. Obviously, I did not ...
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Why is the recruiter only willing to give me limited information until I send him my resume? [duplicate]

A recruiter contacted me with a job offer, and the only information he offered was the (very vague) job title. When I asked for more information, he responded with limited details about the type of ...
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Is it common for a recruiter to lock you in so you cannot apply to companies that they work for?

I am completely new to working with recruiters. A recruiter for a big agency found this job for me which I am interested in. She wants me to sign some paperwork making me an employee of this ...
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Why would a company remain confidential before an interview?

I recently got a call from a recruiter who said that he was trying to find a good fit for a company's open position. The recruiter asked me some questions about what I am looking for but said that ...
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How long can I wait to respond to recruiter e-mail?

A little over a month ago, I tweaked my resume on some job search websites. Since then I had been too busy to realistically handle my inflow of e-mail due to personal matters. I am now in the position ...
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Dealing with informal experience on resume

I have a very broad IT skillset and I would say that I am very good at what I do. When it comes to a technology that I have not used I just learn it by messing with it, Googling it, or by consulting ...
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Startup vs Big Company - ok to ask for details

Hoping for some guidance with this. I recently left the startup company where I was working as a senior backend Python engineer. The job had a lot of complications and the company suffered from a ...
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Does recruiting have scientific basis? [closed]

Recruiters look at many particular signs in a candidate and draw conclusions that, sometimes, look shallow, sometimes odd. For example, let's take this question: If you provided an incorrect answer ...
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Going around a recruiter who submits unsolicited candidates

Recently, my company received an unsolicited email from a recruiter with information about a potential candidate. We don't normally work with recruiters and our job ads all say 'No recruiters'. This ...
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This Recruiter wants my Social Security Number?

There's this really aggressive recruiter trying to get me for a job that sounds pretty good, is local, pays about right... and has sent me two voicemails and an email in the last 24 hours. Okay, ...
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Creatively-formatted Resumes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add custom effects/formatting to my resume (to showcase my skills) Every so often I hear suggestions like "print your resume on bright yellow paper to help it get noticed" (...
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How do I find a recruiter that's actually worth working with?

I keep my resume up to date on a few sites just to see what's out there. Normally, this leads to plenty of recruiter spam in the form of Dear Sir, I have an immediate opening in the middle of nowhere ...
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How do I attract candidate developers willing to learn a proprietary language?

At the company I recently joined, development for the product I'm now working on is done in a home-grown language with no applicability beyond this product team. We're going to be advertising for new ...
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Should I be involved in interviewing for my replacement?

I'm currently working through a notice period (3 months) and there are plans to hire someone to replace me. My role requires a relatively technical skillset and I am unsure that my manager or HR ...
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is it worth it to get a recruiter in a different country?

I want to switch locations to a different country, but I don't have any job offer and I don't know where to start, I know that some companies will sponsor visas for skilled workers, but I'm not sure ...
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Cover letter for job advertised by recruiter

For positions advertised by recruiters, the details tend to be vague. Is it a good idea to ask a recruiter for more information about a position before replying so that I can write a more targeted ...
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How to respond to a direct ask of salary earned and expectations?

What is the best way to fill out an application form for a role with an unspecified salary expectation where the following questions are mandatory to complete in a pre-interview form: What is your ...
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Helping my friend through the recruitment process

We have an open position on the company I work in, in one of our meetings our manager asked us to refer people we think they would be a good fit for the team, so I called one of my friends, he is a ...
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Dealing with inappropriate emails from recruiters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I stop recruiters from contacting me? I'm working for a high profile company and have gotten recruitment firms calling and emailing - presumably by blagging switchboard ...
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Not hearing back from recruiters after initial job interview

A few times I've met with a recruiter and they've set me up with a job interview. The interview doesn't pan out and I'm not offered the job, but then I never hear from the recruiter again. Is this ...
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Why do recruiters ask how much is your current pay?

I have been through 2 recruitment processes. The first recruiter said "May I know what your current pay is, for my purpose?" during a interview over lunch. He told me that would be my current pay too. ...
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Is taking too many 6-month contract positions viewed negatively?

Is there a downside about taking too many short-term contract positions? I'm still early in my career (I'm 25) but I've only been in a perm full-time job once for 1.5 years. My other 2 jobs have been ...
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Trusting a big name brand employer that seems unstable

After about 6 interviews with a big MNC that included an IQ test and a personality/behavioral assessment with some sort of shrink, the MNC extended a "verbal" offer, complete with pay, PTO and ...
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Protocol for courteously declining a job offer when using a Recruiter

I have applied for several jobs through different recruiters. I have been offered multiple jobs. During the interview process I have been honest with the recruiters and the companies letting them know ...
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How do I stop recruiters from contacting me?

There is a particular recruiting company that continues to contact me. I have been unhappy with their performance in the past and have been clear that I am no longer interested in their services. I ...
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Multiple recruitment agencies in the same area?

In the luxurious situation of having a rare and sought after set of skills, one might get contacted by multiple recruitment agencies. From one particular (very large) city, I have been contacted by ...
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How long after a recruiter's introduction is it considered ethical to re-approach a company?

Here's a situation: a recruiter introduces a candidate to a company, and the company is very interested in hiring the candidate. However, if the process at some point breaks down, how long after this ...
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What's the appropriate way to thank a recruiter or HR person? [closed]

I would like to thank an HR person who has been very helpful in managing my placement at my current company, including arranging and organizing interviews for further internal advancement. What ...
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Should I share information about positions I have applied for with recruiters?

I posted my resume on popular job sites, and got many emails, and even some scams. I applied directly to a company and had a phone interview shortly after, possibly face to face next week. I then ...
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What kind of information do recruiting companies keep?

What kind of information do recruiting companies keep, apart from those we enter in the registration form? Recently, I had an interview with a company, which was arranged through a recruiting company....
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HTML5 Buzzword by Recruitment Agencies

Recently over the last few weeks I have started applying for a number of different Front End Developer roles. I notice a lot of the job descriptions ask for good HTML5 knowledge. The sticking point ...