Questions tagged [tech-industry]

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How can I ask my boss to stop constantly “outing” me at work?

Context I work for a global tech company as an engineer. I was working in the UK up until very recently until I moved (with the company) to the Netherlands. Both countries are very tolerant to the ...
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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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Stop doing tasks outside of my Job Title [duplicate]

I've joined a company as First Line Support Engineer (IT), 3 years ago. As the title suggests I am there as the first line of support, fixing minor issues etc. Fast forward 3 years later, I am ...
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Do IT departments care if you use a used laptop? [closed]

My new job requires a Windows laptop with 4+GB of ram, i5 or later processor, and significant storage space. I only have linux and Mac laptops and don't want to remove them to run windows. My plan ...
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When given a technical challenge to solve, is it ok to use answers you don't fully understand?

While applying for jobs, on a couple occasions I’ve been given a technical question to do at home. Occasionally I feel the solution I provide I don’t fully understand because portions of code is ...
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How to handle the question on why you didn't do so well in exams

I been asked on 2 separate occasions why I didn't do so well in my Computer Science degree. Honestly, I feel the main reason is my limited ability to remember a lot of information at once. In a ...
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How to explain video game terms in a technical resume? [closed]

I'm a Software Engineer who has developed small video game projects in college and in my free time. I'm currently struggling with explaining video game concepts such as "health points", "level", and "...
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What are the most common ways for small companies to track performance & feedback, if any? [closed]

For companies with < 200 employees, especially in tech, is performance & feedback tracking typically seen as mandatory, a big plus, or unnecessary? And when it does exist, what are the most ...
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How do I answer a technical interview question I am already familiar with?

To prepare for an upcoming interview, I did some online searching to see what, if anything, previous candidates had to say about the interview at this company. It seems that all candidates were asked ...
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Should I bring up plans to leave during a negotiation with my boss about pay? [duplicate]

I'm a developer in a tech company and have been here for only about 3 months as a contract worker. As my boss has been happy with the work I have done, he is going to discuss with me (in about a week ...
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How to gauge someone's competence without asking a technical question [closed]

I have been asked to be on an interview board in the next few days as a tech guy to try and get a feel for if the candidates are a good fit technically for our position. The only problem is, the ...
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How can I ask my senior to keep his phone on silent? [duplicate]

We are a team of 4 people sitting in a shared room. I joined the team seven months ago and worked the first four as an intern. Everybody's phone remains silent but one person, my senior, never turns ...
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Do traffic misdemeanors affect job offers in the tech industry? [closed]

Situation: I have recently been offered an engineering job with a silicon valley tech company, contingent upon a pending background check. Everything seemed fine until they ran a background check. It ...
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Completely burnt out at work but not sure how to continue

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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What can I do to stop a non-supervisor manager busybody from constantly checking on me?

I have a bit of a weird situation. I work for a tech subsidiary of a large multinational corporation that employs across all subsidiaries and companies owned a total of around 180-200k employees. My ...
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Should I apply for a full-time position if I am only able to work for a few months?

I'm currently pursuing by Bachelors degree and I will finish this one in September. Next year September (2018) I would like to start a Masters degree. Since I have one year now without having a study, ...
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How can I minimize the effect an underperforming intern has on me whom I referenced?

The quick version of what happened is that I gave a colleague from school a reference at my company, and he ended up getting an internship. My boss only offered the internship because I asked, so I ...
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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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Technical Question in interview - not knowing vs not understanding [duplicate]

I had an interview where they asked me how I would “find the intersect between two tables”. I told them I would have to look it up, but after the interview I realized I may have misunderstood the ...
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Should I cancel an onsite tech interview if I'm sick? [closed]

Should I let them know and try to reschedule? Go take the interview even if it means hours of sniffing and sneezing?
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Can I pursue a degree and career in I.T security as a felon? [closed]

I am 23 years old and a recent convicted felon and my charge is misuse of a two-way device. I was a paramedic before I got into some trouble, and I cant go back into the medical field. I.T security ...
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How do I get over the jealousy that many of my friends in the tech industry have employment perks (e.g. free meals)? [closed]

Many of my friends work at major (and smaller) tech companies which are notorious for providing perks for their employees which can range from free meals, laundry services, discounts at certain venues,...
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How can I minimize the chance of getting blindsided in the process of getting an internship?

I'm currently going through the process of applying for an Internship as I finish up my Sophomore year of college, after much pressure from a couple of friends and my professors. By 'pressure' I don't ...
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Is It Double Billing?

If the company I currently work for is looking to outsource a website to an outside contractor. Would it be possible/ethical/legal for me to apply to that company to intentionally work on this ...
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Is it possible that my experience as a freelancer is irrelevant in the real workplace?

First, a bit about my background: I'm developer/designer who started freelancing right out of college. For better and for worse, I'm entirely self-taught, and always made it to clients what my ...
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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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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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replying to comment of not getting job as “not enough technical experience”

I had an interview with a company for a tech support position and they asked strange technical questions. e.g. "what are practical differences between OS X and Windows" and "someone calls and says the ...
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Red flags if company seems to be pushing quick decisions?

I'm currently interviewing with two companies. Somehow I've been able to manage them in parallel pretty well and am at final stages in both of them. Company A has made it sound like they're going to ...
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How to evaluate strength and promise of transfer to program manager role? [closed]

I'm a contracts manager at a large tech company who has recently been offered a transfer role within my company to a "program manager" role embedded within a product team. How can I best evaluate ...
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Fired because your skills are too far above your coworkers

I have been working for five months for a big French company building great things, a good product with trend methodologies. I've just learned from an internal coworker (technical expert) that I ...
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I'm technical referent but I lost the lead for technical decisions

I was recruited as a Freelance (Technical Referent) in a solid company in order to build a new version of their mobile app that I suggested them myself. We need you because your skills are ...
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How to handle a kind of conflict with my employers that I don't figure out?

I'm currently in a trouble I never encountered before. I'm technical expert (freelance) for 5 months for a well-known French company. My goal is/was to: Create a mechanism interfering ...
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I have an absolute advantage in my deparment, Should I apply for a senior engineer, even if I have not been in the company for many years? [closed]

Here is my situation, I have been working in my company for over a year now, when I joined the team, I quickly learned that I had an absolute advantage in the UNIX environment and that I was more ...
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I've been asked for some code as part of job application, Am I doing right?

I'm applying for an R & D role in a big company. As part of the application I've been asked for some code that shows my skills with a specific programming language and software engineering (so I ...
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Is it possible before any college for me to get a short term job as a front end developer for experience? [closed]

I'm 17 years old, and I've been programming for several years now, and I'm hoping to make web development my career in the future. I'm wondering if there are any companies that would hire somebody ...
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How do I contact an interviewer post interview if I don't have her email?

A recruiter scheduled a conference call with the lead Software Engineer for me, and I’d like to send the interviewer a thank you note. Would it be weird to message her on LinkedIn or find her email ...
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Can IT Support be a good career? [closed]

Most IT Professionals I believe start off in an IT Support role. I was thinking that maybe doing Help Desk or Desktop Support can be a good career instead of like System Admin or Network Admin So ...
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Is it generally understood that tech recruitment emails are constantly sent out?

I'm a web developer, and I get usually 2-3 recruiter emails a day regarding various positions. Some are good/relevant offerings, and some seem to fall in the category of "this guy has worked with ...
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How to negotiate Flexible Hours?

I was interviewed last week for a remote job , ace the programming test and took an offer to work as a full-time. While the offer is not that much in terms of money , employer told me that (quoting ...
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Things to mention on the resume for a fresher

Most of the resume tips i have seen on the internet dedicate a big fat portion to Experience. Since i am a fresher i have little to none experience (No internships either). I have a few Web ...
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How do CS careers progress? What's the end goal? [closed]

As the question states: How do CS careers progress? What's the end goal? I know this is a vague question, but is there anything past management? What's the end goal? Do you completely stop working ...
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Are there any areas in the IT field that have great Work-Life Balance? [closed]

Most people tell me the Information Technology industry is a 24/7 hour industry. It kinda of screams bad work life balance at first. So it made me ask what kind of areas or jobs in IT generally have ...
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Does a letter of recommendation for a job have to be confidential?

I am an undergraduate computer science student entering my 3rd year of college. I plan on using letters of recommendation to get an internship in the tech industry for next summer. It is likely that I ...
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Tech lead position in a new company - Not enough experience

I was recently interviewed in a multi-national company for the post of senior software engineer. I got through the interview process and selected for the post. However, upon receiving the offer letter,...
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Should I be expected to answer client phone calls after work hours?

I have a work phone for communicating with clients that was provided by my company, which I often forget to switch off after the work day is done. Clients also have this number. A client has just ...
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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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Concerned with third party quality of work. Do I say anything?

I'm the lead developer of a startup that deals with deliveries and pickups for various companies. One of these partner companies has had a website and API built for them, and with 10 years 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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Road map to being the CTO [closed]

I am a front-end web developer. I currently have CSS, HTML, PHP, and JavaScript (& jQuery) under my belt with varying degrees of expertise. I also have some basic CISCO Networking experience, and,...