Questions tagged [recruitment]

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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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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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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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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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How to end the conversation quickly with head hunter?

I am at work, right in the middle of the working day. Surrounded by my respected colleagues. My phone (sound off, of course) starts shaking. The number is unknown. How should I know, maybe something ...
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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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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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Not allowed to use google during programming test

I have an online programming test for an entry level analytics consultant role. I have always referred online code or documentation during programming but in the test I am not allowed to do so. Now I ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why do some recruiters ask for Word format resumes?

This question is partially answered here: Protecting resume against recruiters, double-presentations, and MS Word? But I'm looking for a more specific answer about why recruiters do this. Some ads ...
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How do I prevent recruiters from “ghosting” on me?

I have a strange problem and am completely at my wit's end as to why it may be happening. I have friends and family in my or similar fields and they are all baffled when I tell them about this. I work ...
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Are you not supposed to ask how much you will be paid in an interview?

I had an interview that was arranged through a recruiter. I asked the person conducting the interview what the pay was like and he said "that's between me and the recruiter". I then spoke with the ...
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Another company has directly reached out about an open position; do I tell my boss? [closed]

I work in a very specialized area within healthcare. There are only a few competitors in our area, and one of them has reached out to me directly (the hiring manager, not HR) about an open position ...
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Is it ok if I share my code solution as part of a recruitment process publicly for a peer review?

I submitted my solution to a coding assignment given to me as part of a recruitment process. A week after, the recruitment officer came back to me saying that they're not moving forward with my ...
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A recruiter applied for me without my consent. How do I handle this situation?

Today, I received a mail from a recruiter about an open position at another company. 6 minutes later, and before I even read the other mail, I received another mail, from the company the recruiter ...
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Should anything be done when a recruiter contacts you via your work email address?

I was recently contacted by a recruiter via my work email. Should I take any action (other than deleting the email), such as responding to tell him that I find it rude and unprofessional or informing ...
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Freelance vs Agency Contract vs Full Time Salary

What's the rule of thumb for salary/rates for freelance vs contracts thru an agency vs full time salary? I personally use a ballpark for freelance rate vs full time rate as 1.4 times the amount of an ...
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How to politely refuse telling the client's name for the recruiter?

Usually when dealing with recruitment agencies and applying for certain IT job positions, at some point they share the client's name (either by phone or e-mail) and usually saying that I should keep ...
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How to convince recruiters on LinkedIn to not ask for other interested applicants? [closed]

Most LinkedIn messages I receive are of the "We are looking for a candidate with your skill sets.." theme. These messages frustrate me not because people are finding my profile and inquiring ...
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Recommending someone while being newly-hired myself

I joined a new company a few days ago and I am really enjoying it. My close friend is looking for internships and my company has applications open for internships. I think he would be a great fit. ...
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How can I politely ask a recruiter of a start-up firm about on-time salary?

I have received an offer from a firm which is more of a start-up nature. Since they are willing to make a good offer I am a lil' apprehensive of the credibility of the same. I continue to wonder ...
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Do companies see having employees who live close to the office as an advantage? [closed]

I was just contacted by a company whose offices are two minutes walk from my flat. Now let's assume that I am interested in the job and get to the interview stage. For me the location is obviously a ...
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Why do recruiters try to rush into a Right To Represent (RTR) contract?

This is a curious case for me as it seems to be split into two camps. There are recruiters who will work with me on opportunities, even go so far as to setup a preliminary screening with a potential ...
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In what ways could someone working at a position for 15 years be negatively perceived?

Consider the following question, which I feel was asked in good faith: Why is working on the same position for more than 15 years not a red flag? This would imply that, at least to some, a person ...
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In salary negotiation, does previous salary matter so much vs achievements and industry value?

I have been applying for a number of similar roles via third party / recruitment agencies and all of them have asked for my current salary - usually among their very first questions. As I wanted to ...
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Can a candidate request an employer to delete pre-employment records about him according to GDPR?

Some questions about HR agencies or employers from European Union and GDPR: Should HR agency delete records about candidate after certain period of time after applying? Is HR agency obligated to ask ...
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If asked, should I say that I have interviews in the next few days [closed]

While reading the question Does interviewee demand influence employment attractiveness?, I was wondering what could be a good response to: Do you have other scheduled interviews? (if asked during ...
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Is it acceptable to ask who recommended me?

Twice I've received e-mails from recruiters with wording along the lines of this quote ... your name has come to me highly recommended by one of my contacts in the ... I'm of course curious who ...
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Recruiter contacts me, but then says I am not a match?

I'm curious about the reasoning behind this kind of habit. I've been contacted first by two recruiters, who seemed very interested and it appears they have a position that matches well. But then after ...
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Should I tell the recruiter everything?

I'm a recent graduate in CS living in Germany. I posted my CV on Monster in PDF format. Now I'm getting a lot of calls from recruiters, most of them in the UK. They tend to ask a lot of questions ...
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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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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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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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My HR contact's replacement is unresponsive and unaware of my interview progress

I've been going through an interview process with a major technology company at an intermediate level software development position and up until recently, things have been going great. All of the ...
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How to recruit an honest candidate?

I am planning to start a retail business soon. As such, my business will have a shop, and a cashier for collecting fees from customers. I would like to recruit someone to open the doors each morning ...
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Screened by recruiter — moments later, recruiter calls my employers recruiter! What does this mean?

I had a phone screen with a recruiter for a position I am interested in. It went well. I authorized him to send along my resume. I walk back into the office, and moments later, the main line rings; ...
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Recruiter lied to me regarding relocation package

Recently I signed a contract with a new company. The recruiter told me that the firm would offer a relocation package when I had signed the contract. I believed him, signed the contract only to ...
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Should I reach out for an opportunity via personal contacts or a recruiter?

If a recruiter contacts me about an opportunity at Company X but I find out that I have second or third-degree connections with people there (through personal and professional friends), should I ...
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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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How much personal information should I give to a recruiter?

I'm looking for a job right now, and I got all the standard questions, but they are asking for things I am not sure I should give out. LinkedIn ID Skype ID Last 4 digits of my social security ...
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Is it counter productive to hire externally for senior skilled roles?

Firstly, I was unsure as to how to ask this question in a QA format & in a generic way, but I'm trying. I am a Software Developer (but I'm guessing this will apply to other skilled positions) and ...
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Is it a good idea to use recruiters to find jobs in the software industry?

I'm graduating college in May, and I keep getting emails from recruiting agencies and I'm kind of skeptical. I've read that dealing with recruiting agencies can be a real hassle and that you’re better ...
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Recruitment Consultant called me at work, on my company phone. Is this one unprofessional?

I'm currently searching for opportunities. One can easily read that out of my XING account. Today a headhunter found me on XING, looked up my company's phone number, called our reception and asked ...

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