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Questions tagged [recruitment]

The process of finding potential new employees.

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What should I do when my dream company is interested in me before my skills are developed?

There is a company I adore and working there would be my dream job. My plan was to continue working on my programming skills (which are currently underdeveloped) and then start contributing to this ...
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I prepared my CV in LaTeX and exported it to PDF. How to deal with a recruiter who insists on CV in Word format?

FOREWORD I prefer to create documents in formats such as LaTeX, Markdown or RMarkdown. They're platform and version (of the particular editor) independent. You can export them to good looking PDF ...
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How to attract people to work on very old and outdated technologies?

I work in a IT company that is deeply specialized in projects made with old and outdated technologies. The biggest projects are usually a mix of Cobol (the oldest versions, not the most modern) and ...
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How to negotiate salary with an extremely unprofessional in-house recruiter?

I'm interviewing at a certain programming job. I've passed everything, the people doing the interview say they really like my skills and want me to join the team, everything's looking great, the ...
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How to avoid being sexist when trying to employ someone to function in a very sexist environment?

Let's assume I need to find an employee to act as a middleman/ link between two teams: IT and my team. Whereas my team (and most of the company) is quite a nice place to work in in terms of diversity,...
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How do we recruit junior software developers in an age where everybody studies for the interview?

As a recruiter, I find it increasingly hard to recruit good software developers, due to the fact that it has become very easy to simply study for a job interview by reading any of those 14020 job ...
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Is it discriminatory to put “bonus” video game skills in a job advertisement?

My employer (a small company) is hiring an IT person. The person hiring and writing the job ad loves SNES video games and grew up around that time. The job ad for the IT person has a section for "...
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Does diversity provide anything that meritocracy does not?

I'm hoping my question is less broad than this one. I work in tech and see many emails about diversity from our upper management. In some sense, I can see this being used as a PR tactic: management ...
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What do I do if a job that was (mis-)sold to me as work-from-home, later changed, on day one, to working on-site, everyday?

Yesterday, I started a role, as a contractor, that was sold to me as a home based job. I accepted this job at £50pd below my previous rate due to its home based nature. I’m now told on day 1 that I’...
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Recruiter demanding I sign dodgy paperwork after joining job

I recently got a job through a recruiter. Everything has been going well and I've been completing my tasks on time or before. The recruiter who got me the role is working with my employer on a part ...
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Recruiter wants very extensive technical details about all of my previous work

I was recently cold-called by a recruiter on LinkedIn who had seen my profile/resume. The position seemed to be a very good fit for my skill set so I replied that I was very interested. Within minutes ...
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Can I ask “How did I do?” at the end of an interview?

When an interviewer asks "Do you have any questions?" at the end of an interview, is it acceptable to ask (as one of a few questions) How did I perform/do during this interview?
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Is it appropriate for a recruiter to tell me I need to be able to take calls during the day?

A recruiter contacted me about a possibility for a job in my field and suggested having a phone call to discuss the details. I said I was willing to have a phone call, and asked if 7pm was too late ...
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Why is working on the same position for more than 15 years not a red flag?

I'm about to interview someone who applied for the same position that I have: Senior Software Engineer. The candidate is 13 years older than me and has worked in the same position for more than 15 ...
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Recruiting people who maintain & improve, not just chase the new and shiny

My work will be recruiting soon, and one thing I'd like to do is screen out people who are more excited about writing new, exciting code than fixing older code, and more generally, people who ...
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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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Should I remark on errors when interviewing a potential employee?

During a job interview I might ask the candidate some technical questions to get a feel for his knowledge on what we're talking about. What if his answers are completely wrong? Should I just accept ...
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Should a technical interviewer read the resume/CV?

Should a technical interviewer read the candidate's resume/CV before performing an interview? I regularly interview for data science positions. The particular context is that recruiters who are not ...
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Appropriate to ask a recruiter to go back and negotiate salary again?

I found out about a job through a recruiter. I interviewed and got the job and the recruiter told me not to discuss salary during the interview because she handles that. I told the recruiter the exact ...
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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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Arguments for giving candidates the salary they want - without haggling

I'm responsible for building a software development team in my company. Once this team is ready I'll have to manage it and will be held responsible for its performance. One point of arguing we have ...
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Should I bother to reply to emails from recruiters when I'm already employed?

Every now and then I get an email from a recruiter with a position they want to offer me. These emails are normally offering jobs outside my area of expertise and asking for skills I simply don't have....
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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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Is it acceptable to deny salary information to recruitment agent

I had a talk with a recruitment agent on the phone yesterday afternoon who called me about a position she wished to discuss with me. The call was going very well until the recruitment agent asked what ...
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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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Should I lower my expectations when interviewing someone if the company struggles to find any candidates?

Background: As the shortage of developers in Europe continues, our company, as well as many others, doesn't receives CVs for open positions everyday to say the least. In fact, we are looking now for ...
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Why is quitting without having a new job lined up seen so negatively by employers?

I'm a programmer and I'm trying to understand why quitting without having a job matters so much. For me cash flow is not an issue - I have more than enough to live off of for 5+ years and in any ...
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Can online activism hurt my employability?

Since the FCC repealed the net neutrality rules on the US, telecom companies in emerging countries are preparing to pressure politicians to do the same. I happen to live in an emerging country, and ...
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How can I politely ask potential colleagues about the negative aspects of their company?

After a series of interviews with a software company, I have been invited to work with the team for one day. During the day I will attend the daily scrum meeting be assigned a low priority bug ticket ...
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Recruiter lied to move up start date

I've been working with a recruiter for the past two months and I finally landed a great offer at a software consulting company. The start date was set three weeks out at the start of October. Right ...
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How to deal with persistent recruiter still contacting me after declining offer

So I recently declined an offer from a recruiter, it got to the final stage where offer was on the table but I said no. The company was big, salary was fantastic but I didn't want to work with the ...
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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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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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Is it common to require a candidate to take an automatically-graded online coding test if they have lots of demonstrable material online?

Short version: I had an experience with a recruiter that I think was not fair, due to how much time was spent responding to emails and calls, and then being presented with a test. Where's the line to ...
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Are puzzles an effective part of the recruitment process?

Many companies - particularly in the tech sector - use puzzles of various kinds (including riddles, lateral-thinking questions, and guesstimation questions) in job interviews for potential new ...
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How to delay hiring a candidate for 1-2 months?

We just hired a new team member, A. Just as her hiring process was wrapping up, we found another ideal candidate, B. He would be a great fit at our company. I don't want to lose him. But, we don't ...
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How to respond to an insistent recruiter's cold email?

In receiving a second cold email from a recruiter earlier today, I discovered I had missed the first among my usual sea of emails. The recruiter guilts me in the subject line, writing "I haven't heard ...
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In a hiring event is it better to go early or late?

I've been participating in several multi-day hiring events as an interviewer and I noticed that candidates who got interviewed during the last couple of days had a higher chance of being hired. For ...
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Are misspellings in a recruiter's message a red flag?

I received a message from a recruiter on LinkedIn that had a miscapitalization in the title and a misspelling in the body. I responded that I was interested and the response again contained ...
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How to politely tell recruiters you're only interested in jobs in a specific location?

I'm looking for jobs on the other side of the country to where I'm currently based and, since uploading my CV to a few major jobsites, I have been receiving 10-15 calls/emails a day from recruiters. ...
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Can I contact a company directly about an opening I've learned about from an incompetent recruiter? [duplicate]

I've been recently contacted by an external recruiter working for a medium-sized company. The company is new but legitimate and their projects are both impressive and highly relevant to my previous ...
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An HR manager lambasted a product that I count among my core skills, (how) should I correct him?

The other day I called a company about a job they advertised that I was interested in. I spoke to the HR manager there who asked me what kind of relevant industry experience I had. I told him I was ...
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Recruiter called up twice to tell me what the interview questions are. Suspicious?

This recruiter is from one of the top 10 companies in the world. They have a branch in India, and I applied via Indeed.com. I received a call from the recruiter, who scheduled an interview for two ...
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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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Dealing with a nasty recruiter

I received a job offer that I needed to reject because I feel it would not be the right fit. However, the (3rd party) recruiter seems to not want to take no for an answer and is accusing me of being ...
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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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Recent CS graduate with no social media profiles. Am I suspicious? [duplicate]

I'm a recent university graduate looking for work. For privacy reasons, I have never registered in any of the social media sites under my real name. I cannot easily be found on Facebook/Twitter/...
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Should I hire the friend? [closed]

We have a vacancy open up in our development team. One of the members of the team is an extremely high performer and he wants his friend to join. Reasons for hiring his friend The company has a high ...
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Why do the huge tech companies not have bedrooms? [closed]

Companies like Google, Facebook etc. are famous for offering all kind of services like gyms, cinemas, hair dresser, music concerts and so on, so that employees don't have to leave the campus. But I'...
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The etiquette of connecting with recruiters on networking sites

I sometimes get contacted by recruiters on sites such as LinkedIn, asking if I am interested in a job they have available, and they usually want to make a formal connection on the network to share ...