Questions tagged [recruitment]

The process of finding potential new employees.

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An external consultant working on an internal project tried recruiting me. Should I tell my manager?

I am currently employed at company X. For a big project, I asked my manager if we could get some external consulting to provide some help and best-practices. Management agreed, and now we have an ...
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Is coming across as 'sweet' an issue in data science?

I recently made a career switch from marketing to data science. I want to be in data science because marketing gets a bit boring after a while since it doesn't take too much skill to be decent at it. ...
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What is a limit to the information I should put up on LinkedIn?

When submitting PDF or paper resumes, I didn't have any concern as to the information I have written on it. It's still semi-private in the sense that only the employers whom I sent my resume to can ...
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Two recruiters have contacted me about the same position. One suggests the other is unreliable. How do I handle this?

I'm currently looking for work, and have been contacted by two recruiters about the same position. The first one asked me to confirm that I'm not in contact with anyone else regarding the same company,...
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Potential employer asks for code sample

I recently interviewed for a software development position where the employer asked me to provide a code sample to judge my experience level. I provided an application I recently completed as a side ...
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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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Recruiter gave me answers to an upcoming interview

I have an on-site interview tomorrow. The recruiter who put me in contact with them called me today and "prepped" me by giving me the questions I was going to be asked tomorrow and what the solutions ...
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Project Manager doesn't take application from Nationality X, because there are “too many”

I have made a recommendation for a developer position in another team, and the Project Manager rejected the application of this developer because in his team there are other 5 developers from the same ...
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Recruiter wants to represent me for a role that I've already applied to

Bit of an odd situation here. I had a chat with a recruiter who told me of opening. Liked the role he was describing etc. Got the company name, and realised it was a role that I've already applied ...
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Handling unusual email from possible recruit

I recently sent an email regarding a job opportunity that opened in the company I work, where I included relevant details on the desired candidate's profile along with my contact information for ...
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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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Fraudulent job applications with no discernible purpose. Have you ever seen them? Any idea of the motive? [closed]

Our company recently received two job applications into our applicant tracking system within a minute of each other. If we had looked at either of these applications in isolation, we would have been ...
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Is it rude to ask the position of the person interviewing you?

I had a phone interview yesterday. From the beginning of the call I sensed the interviewer was unhappy or in a bad mood or something. The only real question she asked me was "tell me about how you got ...
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Is it ethical to review CVs of potential competition, sent to me in error?

I am an employee at a medium-sized tech company. I have no hiring authority, but somehow several recruitment agencies have acquired my company email address and occasionally send to me unsolicited ...
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Referee on my CV has exact same name as me

I have only had one previous job before my current job. In my time there, I worked under one boss and I got their permission to add them as a reference to my CV. The boss has the exact same name as ...
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Would it look bad if I take 4.5 years to complete a 3 year degree?

My degree is supposed to be completed in 3 years. For a few semesters, I took one subject less than normal which extended my degree by one semester. Last semester, I failed a subject, which extended ...
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Invited for “a day in the office” after interview, what should I expect?

I've recently engaged in a recruiting process with some company in Berlin as a web developer. After several skype interviews with a clear expression of the company managers satisfaction of my skills ...
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HIring manager won't interview me because a recruiter got involved [closed]

I applied for a position online through the employers website after a strong recommendation by a colleague. A couple of days later a recruiter contacted me about the same position. I took the ...
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If I plan on staying at my job, should I approach my boss about being recruited by competitors?

I am very happy at my current job and do not plan on leaving it. In the past month I have been approached by two in-house recruiters working for two of our competitors asking me to interview with them....
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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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Is discrimination based on personal belief illegal in the United Kingdom?

A friend has just had a telephone interview with a prestigious software company. On the call he was asked about his views on the lack of women in IT. The company is very keen on encouraging women into ...
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What is the purpose of a recruitment agency?

I have been told that our starting salary offer was being reduced by our recruitment agency. The name of the company that offered the job did not indicate that it was a recruitment agency, but when I ...
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Management position : Can I ask the interviewer why they did not promote someone within the team instead of recruiting?

I was interviewed a few days ago for a lead position in a support team. The role would be supporting the software and mentoring a 6 persons team. The role would encompass hiring duties and probably ...
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My recruiter made a mistake which has cost me my reputation with a company, what should I do now?

My recruiter submitted me for Job A with a company I really like and this job paid X amount of dollars. Job A was filled so they offered to submit my resume to Job B with the same company. I took it ...
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How to deal with recruitment companies when not searching?

I used some recruitment companies when I was unemployed and also had my CV on publicly accessible profiles on the internet. Once I found a job I set all those profiles to private or deleted them (if ...
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Recruiter fell through, can/should I approach the company directly?

A recruiter contacted me on behalf of Company X. Company X was very interested in contacting me, and an interview was set up. Just before the interview, I was told an emergency came up with Company X, ...
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Using recruiters in a jobsearch or not? [closed]

While looking for a new job, is it a good idea to have a third party between you and the company you are going to work at? In my opinion, the biggest advantage of using a recruiter is that he already ...
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How to display contract work and “career breaks” on a resume

I'm a contract software developer, and as such I've hopped from job to job as I do project work. Some projects have been three months long, and some have been up to three years long. Also, due to ...
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How to reject a candidate whilst allowing, in the future, that they will be accepting of future offers?

I am recruiting developers for my team, and there is this nice candidate that I cannot make an offer to now, because I have proceeded with another candidate. However, in the future, we may have more ...
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Is a complex test which benefits the company an ethical practice? [closed]

Here is the situation. One of the companies I applied for as a software developer asked for a complex and "thorough" test. I agreed to it, but I noticed that I was supposed to add a module to their in-...
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Why ask, “Have you ever worked for the federal government?” as part of the pre-screen questions of a non-gov't agency?

"Have you ever worked for the federal government?" This question is part of a company's pre-screening questions. Why ask this question? What are they trying to establish?
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Is a poorly designed online application system a red flag?

I am looking for work, and have been given a link to a company's application system by a recruiter. The process is frankly ridiculous. I am applying for software developer roles with software ...
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Is it possible to bypass a recruiter that once introduced you to a firm? [duplicate]

So 2.5 years ago while I was still attending university I was once contacted by a recruiter, who later introduced me to a firm (firm A) where I had a interview but I didn't take the job at the time (I ...
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Should I give recruiter my DOB and last four digits of SSN?

This site has had similar questions about giving private information to recruiters but I haven't seen this particular case. When I'm cold-called by an recruitment agency about a job, and I agree to ...
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Recruiter requesting driver license for initial job offer

So a recruiter from a staffing company is asking me for my driver's license in order to submit me to a company(The State of Washington supposedly) and setup an initial interview. My issue comes from ...
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How do you reply to a recruiter?

As a software engineer with a non-zero internet presence, I get emails like this all the time: Hi [CANDIDATE NAME HERE], I am [RECRUITER NAME HERE] and I work with [TECH COMPANY HERE]. I ...
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How can I stop recruiters from continually sending me emails about positions? [duplicate]

As no doubt many others here, I constantly get bombarded with emails (and phone messages) from recruiters. Here is the typical email (paraphrased): ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yo, Dude! I have a job for a Java ...
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What should I do if the HR of the company behaves this way?

So I got a call from a junior HR of a reputed company regarding a job opportunity that required my skills, they asked about my current CTC(cost-to-company) and my expectations. I gave them a number x ...
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Rescheduling a Coveted Interview

I am a senior in college and I've just landed a very coveted job interview with a well known company. I shared those details to paint a picture of how careful I want to be when handling this situation....
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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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Applying for a position, getting offer on another

I recently applied for a position of technical management at a local company. Upon reviewing my history they determined I would not be well suited for the management position but they were very ...
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Telling recruiters about other offers?

My question is about staffing firms. If one receives an additional offer besides the one the recruiter was able to get, during the "think about it phase", is it a good idea to tell the recruiter about ...
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Full Time Salary Working On Contracts - Is this a common practice?

I am speaking with a recruiter who has proposed the following to me: Get paid a yearly salary Work on contract jobs In between contracts you still get paid Full benefits Get a yearly bonus for each ...
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Former candidate inviting the recruiter to an interview

A while ago I was invited to an interview at a software company. Although that was not the right place for me, the interview went very well and I was impressed by the recruiter's communication skills ...
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What is the ethical thing to do if I'm introduced to a company through a recruiter, then, company contacts me directly?

Through a recruiter, I interviewed for a company 3 months ago. I followed up, and was told they would know more the following week. I never heard from the recruiter again, regarding this position. ...
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Both me and the employer are interested in my taking a job, but paperwork has an arbitration agreement; how can I negotiate to remove it?

I recently interviewed at a fairly large company for a position I was interested in. The recruiter said that I "far and away bested" the other candidates, and that they were really interested in ...
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Why would a recruiter who rejected me now be interested in me?

I was urgently looking for a job in the past 3-4 months, and during an interview, and, from the first question thrown by HR lady, my gut told me I didn't get the job. I received a rejection email a ...
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What to do when you realize an interviewer isn't technical but is asking technical questions?

I am looking for work and recruiters are something I’m new to. I keep getting contacted by recruiters from recruitment agencies, through LinkedIn. I’ve had some bad experience. Some ask very strange ...
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How should I handle a recruiter who seems to confuse two distinctly different skills?

I'd like feedback for something on handling a recruiter and whether to pursue further interaction after seeing a red flag. I was told, "Java is the core skill," I answered, "I know JavaScript, not ...