Questions tagged [tech-industry]

Questions about the workplace which specifically relate to having a high-tech job. Professional programming related questions should use the software-industry tag.

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How can I move past being burnt out when working long hours?

I'm in my 30s, married with a couple of kids. I have been working at a company for the past 3 years. Last year our company bought a competitor that was having financial issues, and laid off most of ...
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Send more complete answers after the interview [duplicate]

I did a phone interview for a programming job with a hiring manager. He mentioned that I did well, although I couldn't come up with complete and optimized answers for some of the questions on the fly, ...
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Answering "how long will this take?" when you don't know [duplicate]

My manager gives me tasks to build a program around. After giving me the task, and making any changes to it, he asks me how long it will take. I realize this is an important question for managers. I'm ...
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Will taking an interview if I'm not currently interested in the position hurt me in the future?

A well-known, large software company has recently opened a development office in my hometown. I really like the company, and if I wanted to work for a large software company - this one would be my top ...
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On last day manager made changes to the program that broke it and wants me to come back to fix it [closed]

I just finished a 5 month contract where I was hired as a program to make a program. The program is part of a bigger project. On my last day just as I was handing over everything, my boss had me show ...
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Will an eccentric personal style hinder my chances of being hired at a tech company?

I am planning on applying to work for a major tech company. I have worked for smaller-sized companies before that conducted business online and there was never a policy for dress code. It seems like ...
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Should I be concerned about the bring-your-own-device policy?

I had an interview before the weekend (they found me on stack overflow and I haven't been offered the job yet, so I'm posting anonymously). It's for a permanent position with a company that's been ...
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How do you diplomatically say that something cannot technically be done?

I'm working on the tech side of a company, and the business side sometimes asks for things that cannot be done. Yet, I never want to say "XYZ is impossible". Maybe it's possible but it would take 20 ...
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Thought interview went well but contacted by recruiter saying HR found me rude [closed]

I was going to ask this question in separate parts, but think no one shortcoming could have alone caused the end result. I recently graduated with a computer science degree. I had been working with a ...
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Going back to a potential employer after turning his offer down 45 days ago [duplicate]

I have been founding and working on my start-up for a year now. In April (~45 days ago), a potential employer from California approached me with an interesting lead position. We exchanged a few ...
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Should I list a completely different profession in my technical resume? [duplicate]

I was a cook for 5 years but I switched jobs and now I'm a web developer. Should I put this information in my resume along with my experience in tech companies while searching for a job as a web ...
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Should I put the fraternity I'm in on my resume?

I'm graduating college this semester with a degree in computer science along with a concentration in information assurance. My question is, should I put the fraternity I'm in on the resume? I hear ...
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Keeping non-technical manager informed and how to reply to “what’s the obstacle?”

I'm doing a technical job for a non-technical manager. He likes to be updated every few hours but I find it can be an issue as he doesn't really know my job. I'm a software developer and my boss only ...
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How to interview for a job in the tech industry, with long hours and without a formal PTO policy at current job?

There are questions about "how to interview with a job, when you already have a job". These boil down to a few suggestions, which are difficult to apply in my situation: "Use a vacation day". My ...
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Would it be better if a tech leader explain his/her rules?

Yesterday a middle manager told us that it's not allowed to use magic numbers in the code but don't explain why, and someone just asked what is magic numbers and why we cannot use that(many of my ...
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In an interview when answering a question, should you say if you're not sure?

This was embarrassing but in an interview I was asked if I what the current version of Java was and I wasn't sure but had an idea. I said 7 (and the correct answer is 8). In situations like this is it ...
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How to negotiate a switch from full-time permanent to contract work

My company does not allow full-time, permanent employees to work from home. I want to work from home for the reason that my office environment is very loud and distracting. They have policies of ...
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Helping non-technical people in technical role

I'm currently looking for part time work. I have been in touch with a radio company however I can't quit understand what it is they want. For example they emailed me saying: First off, we will need ...
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How to organize technical skills on resume? [duplicate]

How would I organize the technical skills I have on my resume? This is what I have but I'm not sure if this is the best way to organize. Skills Programming Language — C, C++, Objective-C, Python ...