Questions tagged [recruitment]

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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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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 ...
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How to deal with recruiters who are prompting candidates with our questions?

In engineering fields it can be quite difficult to come up with good, consistent questions that enable an interviewer to consistently get a good overview of what a candidate is capable of. ...
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Starting a job without interview because of urgency

I got a call from a recruiter, saying he has a contract and they need someone to start really quickly (as soon as tomorrow), but I never had an interview and he said "they like your CV", "They liked ...
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What if my company didn't pay the recruiter who placed me last time, and now they approached me again?

A year ago, I was in contact with a recruiter, he gave me some opportunities, I confirmed with him that I agreed to let him be my representative. Among one of this opportunities, I recognized the ...
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I have accepted an internship offer. Should I inform companies I have applied to that have not gotten back to me yet?

Over the last weeks, I have applied for internships in various companies. A few days ago, Company A got back to me with an offer I like, which I accepted. I had 2 interviews scheduled with Company B ...
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How to reply to recruiter that did not read my resume on LinkedIn

A recruiter working for a big company contacted me on LinkedIn and asked whether I am interested in a certain position that requires expert level knowledge in A. The thing is that A is mentioned on my ...
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How to react to an unusually informal first contact from a recruiter

This question is mainly aimed at french speakers. I just received on my personal mail-box a proposition for a job from a recruiter. This recruiter got my e-mail address from the linkedin website. ...
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What is the proper way to deal with a recruiter who calls during work hours?

I have been looking for new career opportunity. Sometimes a recruiter calls me while I am in the office, during work hours. I am having difficulty in dealing with recruiters. They ask me to describe ...
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Do I send relative's resume to recruiters when I don't exactly support the candidate's track record?

My sister's husband is looking for a job. He has a good track record while he's holding a job, but he cannot hold a job for too long. I will avoid going too deep into issues, probably because I ...
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How to deal with a candidate with heightened self-esteem

I've a candidate with about 1 year of rather mediocre experience in web development, but he overestimates himself and considers himself to be almost a tech lead, because he is naive and hasn't seen ...
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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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Apply directly to company after third-party recruiter pointed me to the company website? [duplicate]

I found a job description in a jobs website. The job post was done by a recruiting company. I felt it was interesting and sent my CV to the recruiting company to apply for that position. After ...
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Recruiter wants me to take a loss upon hire

I've been working on a contract-to-hire position and am nearing the hire date. When I reached out to touch base with my recruiter, they informed me they would be handling everything and would be ...
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How to persuade recruiters to send me the Job Description?

I know this will likely hurt my chances and I am willing to live with that. I would like to enforce a personal policy: I will not engage a recruiter if I do not see the job description (JD). By doing ...
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Should I help my former employer advertise my old job?

A few months ago, I left a small software development company for another (based in the UK). I was leaving for better career development and exposure to new technology that the first company simply ...
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Sending a stranger's CV to HR

In general I am an outgoing person and tend to meet a lot of new people. I work at a software company and some of the people I meet in public are software engineers. I am a senior engineer and ...
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When should I include information in my resume to indicate I have a high IQ?

When should you add info that you joined an association that is exclusive to extremely intelligent people (e.g. Mensa)? Researching on the internet implies a general sentiment of no. The reasoning ...
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How to deal with a potential turf war between three recruiters for the same job?

I was looking for a job in software development and I was pleased when in one day I had three potential phone interviews with the promise of emails containing job spec, company spec etc from the ...
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What are the pros and cons of disclosing a spectrum disorder when applying for a job?

Should one reveal having an Autism Spectrum Disorder when applying for an IT job? From the one side this information could help getting the job. Asperger Syndrome is related with high intelligence ...
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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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Does the average candidate have any recourse when they encounter an unethical recruiter?

If you've been in the white-collar job market for very long, you have likely come across recruiters who exhibit questionable ethics. The most common way I've seen this manifested is when the recruiter ...
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Should I not go forward with internship interview process if I don't have the time to prepare properly?

I'm going into my last year and a half of school at Georgia Tech as a Computer Science major and I was recently approached by a Big Tech Silicon Valley company about pursuing a software internship ...
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How to reply to a recruiter if I am going on maternity leave soon?

A recruiter from a high-profile company that I'd like to work for has reached out to me on LinkedIn. The trouble is I'm going on maternity leave in September and it's probably not a good time to ...
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Why would a recruiter want to put someone into a direct hire job at a lower salary than the stated salary range

I work in IT and I've never worked with a recruiter before. I was recently laid off, and I just made contact with a recruiter highly recommended to me by a couple of friends. I sent the recruiter my ...
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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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Recruiter did not show at set appointment

I received an invitation from a recruiter for an informal lunch meeting based on my LinkedIn profile to meet and discuss potential job opportunities. The recruiter did not show at the set meeting. I ...
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Is it OK to bypass the recruiter when I don't hear from him?

I am working with a recruiter to get an out of state job. The company he found gave me 3 interviews, all with positive feedback. Things were moving pretty quickly, the 3 interviews were within a 2 ...
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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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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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Should I apply for my boss's promotion?

I work in a very small digital products department as part of a larger organization. The department was formed two years ago. I have been at the organization for seven years and joined as a Product ...
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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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Affirmative action is being applied too broadly [closed]

I am a tech recruiter working for an American Bank in India. I deal with campus placements (as is the norm in India). My company, especially the Indian branch, has recently come under fire (and ...
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Recruiter offering me an interview two days after I applied for the same position via the company's website. Should I apply through both routes?

I applied for a job that I really like via a company's website. Two days later, a recruiter whom I've previously been in contact with offered me the same position. But by now, another three days ...
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Why are company names hidden from job postings by third party recruiters?

I often find job postings from third-party recruiters (a contracted personnel company, not an in-house recruiter) that do not list what company the job is for. Why do they do this?
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Why do recruitment agencies contact managers with unsolicited telephone calls?

We receive multiple calls each week from recruitment agencies with which we've had no prior dealing, looking to "introduce themselves" and offer candidates. This would be understandable if they were ...
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How to deal with colleagues applying to the same company where I was just hired?

I am in a new situation and I don't know if I am supposed to do something about it or not. I was hired by a new company and will be starting in January. As soon as I had the new contract I resigned ...
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Are side projects acceptable “work experience” for an entry level worker?

Are side-projects good to list in lieu of work experience? I have a few on my resume, because I haven't had a job yet, and I want to demonstrate my ability. But some of the recruiters that I have ...
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What kinds of questions should I ask a recruiter?

When interviewing with the actual company, I can ask about all sorts of details such as benefits plans, what kind of software they use, vacation schedules, etc... When I'm dealing with a recruiter, I'...
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Is it OK to recommend an essential colleague from a previous job?

I'm a consultant, and a colleague from the current client company asked me if I knew a developer with specific traits, and using specific technologies. I know a guy exactly like that, from the ...
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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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new candidates being offered much higher salaries for same job, what to do?

I am currently a senior .NET developer in the company, working on the most valuable product of the company, and one of the few with web development skills. I have over 5 years of experience and my ...
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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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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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Should I decline this job offer that requires relocating to an area with high cost of living? [closed]

Long story short, a recruiter contacted me through LinkedIn about a position that he thought I would be interested in. I was thrilled after reading the job description along with finding out who the ...
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Is a cover letter really necessary?

With so many posts about recruiters not really having enough time to look at the resume, I was wondering how ( or if ) cover letters really play a significant role in the decision process. How do ...
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Is it okay to give recruiters last four digits of my SSN?

I have been approached by many recruiters recently. Some of them ask for the last four digits of my social security number or the whole number, while some do not. I never give my SSN to anyone unless ...
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How To Build A Business Case For Hiring New People?

I have identified that we are under-resourced in our team based on the volume of workload and methods of dealing with this high volume - lots of task switching to keep multiple projects going at the ...