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In an interview, is it self-defeating to say you use Stack Overflow to find errors in code?

Let's suppose that at a job interview they ask me "what you do if your code does not work?". I tell them that I read the docs to look for the error, I isolate the piece of code that doesn't work and ...
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Confronting a colleague about a sexist comment

I am a (female) IT student working in an IT company. So far I enjoy work, I get along well with my colleagues and the office atmosphere is friendly. Last week although, I overheard a conversation in ...
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Technical disagreements with my boss

I have a disagreement with my boss to do with asserting floating point values in unit tests. It seems to me that he does not have a real understanding of the problem. His position: Tests should ...
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How to avoid funny initiatives?

I recently started a new job as software engineer in a company with 100 to 200 employees. The company is run like a startup (flexibility, flat management, etc) and there are plenty of interesting ...
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How to deal with severe mental fatigue without taking time off?

I work as a remote software developer. I work on a casual basis from home, and I'm free to work as much or as little for my boss as I like, while billing my boss on a weekly basis for the worked time ...
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“Startup” working hours - is it normal to be asked to work 11 hours/ day?

I recently relocated to Germany (I am already an EU citizen), and this is the first of the stronger job offers - I did a technical task, did a Skype call, everything went ok, but the working hours ...
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Just resigned as backend developer. How do I acquire the skills needed for my next job?

I am an engineering graduate from a Non CS background. I have been working as a backend developer for almost two years now. The tasks had become a little repetitive for me and frankly speaking a ...
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How do I respectfully address new company initiative I disagree with?

I have been working at my company for about two years now. We are very diverse in all departments and have been very welcoming to all - several of my coworkers who are female / minority / etc. have ...
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Switching internship subjects after the interview

Yesterday, I went to an interview with a well-known foreign technology company which has some activity in my country (France), for my end-of-studies internship. There were three internship subjects ...
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15answers
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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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Boss didn’t get a raise, so he quit. He hasn’t even left, and already things are melting down. Is it time to leave?

I work in a medium sized company that provides certain services to American municipal governments. A large part of our product is software which manages some of these services which we sell to the ...
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Why would a president director also needs to interview candidates?

I have little work experiences (2 years). In my first and second company the final interviewer is always the manager of the unit i will work with. Currently I'm applying to a new company, I'm a bit ...
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Risks of sending resumes to recruiters

I recently contacted a recruiting company to look for a new job. The recruiter asked me to send her my resume. I would like to know what the risks of doing so are. I read I should be very careful in ...
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Dealing with the frustration of feeling taken for a ride

I switched into consulting after a few years on client's site. I was convinced by my now bosses to accept a position lower than what I did in the industry. the argument was: if you're good you will be ...
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What should I tell a customer when my co-worker fails to show up to a meeting?

I'll typically have meetings with customers in which they set it up and invite me and other co-workers. Sometimes I will show up to this meeting and my co-worker(s) won't because they forgot, became ...
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Should I tell recruiter where I have decided to go?

I accepted an offer from Company A. Company B is asking where I decided to go and what made me make that decision. Is there any harm to letting them know?
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Still placed in same position without giving any reason [on hold]

In IT I was joined as software Trainee and after a year and half now I was still placed in same software trainee position followed by less increment.I'm now working on small project, whereas my all ...
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7answers
10k views

How to negotiate an offer if I'm not actually going to accept it

I'm a rather successful senior software engineer with a decent LinkedIn page, and thus I often receive messages from recruiters from other companies. I like my current company and job, so I'm not ...
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11answers
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Raised concerns about a security vulnerability to various managers, for more than a year, with no results. Should I mention it to external auditors?

Our team - I work in financial and operational reporting as one of a team of 3 -- I'm not an accountant or in the finance function as such, it's more like Management Information (or Business ...
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9answers
14k views

How to discuss unrelated religious service on resume

Background: I was fortunate enough to obtain an internship in software development when I was 16, and I've been working in a software development related role ever since (through summer jobs/...
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5answers
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How to deal with “unresponsive” colleagues?

I routinely have to deal with a situation when some of my colleagues do not reply to my chat messages or emails. I can't just ignore them, because I get tasks from them and occasionally need to ...
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2answers
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Interview scheduling - Should I ask for an additional day off?

I have a bit of a conundrum. I'm currently employed, but I'm job-searching and I have two final interviews scheduled close to each other (driving distance), but very far from me (plane travel ...
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3answers
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Background check is taking a long time (pending misdemeanor on my record)

3 weeks ago, I enthusiastically received an offer from a top aerospace company for a software engineering position. I was referred by a former coworker and immediately received an offer upon ...
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Reviewing old code database, how to start interacting with the dev team?

TL, DR: There was this software product being developed in my company, I needed to review a lot of the codebase. How do I talk to the development team? The not-so-short version: Due to several ...
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3answers
798 views

Are workplace reorganizations that result in a change in job duties without employee consent a violation of the original job contract?

There was a reorg at my company and my job duties changed. Pre-reorg I was doing data analysis (I'm a statistician), post-reorg I was assigned non-data analysis duties (more like a business analyst). ...
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1answer
566 views

I am not getting good vibes from the interviewer for an internship

I just had an interview for an internship the other day and I felt that the interviewer was a little rude and did not appreciate the skills that I possessed. During the interview, he asked me to ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for a raise in Sweden?

I joined the mid-sized IT (500-1000 employees) company located in Stockholm, Sweden over a year ago. When the yearly salary reviews happened earlier this year I was missed (because supposedly there is ...
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4answers
530 views

How do I stopped being stepped on during group discussions

I'm part of a leadership group of 6 at work where we have to make decisions about the structure of the company (i.e. divisions, etc.) among other things. However, there are few, let's say very ...
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4answers
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Interviewer Never Called?

I saw a question similar to this one: Basically I received and confirmed via Email a phone interview for 1:30pm EST/ 10:30am PST (different time zones). The interviewer then emailed me and asked to ...
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2answers
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Shall I ask HR about my test schedule?

Currently I'm an Intern at a company, and last week, HR asked if I was interested in taking the test to become a full time employee and I said I was interested. HR said that the test would be held at ...
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My manager wants me to leave earlier than my two-weeks…?

My mind was made up and accepted a job offer. I called my manager to give him my two-week notice and he obviously wasn't thrilled of the prospect of another person leaving. (We've had very high ...
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Coworker thinks code review cost too much time

Almost a year ago I switched to my current job. I have 2 prior years of programming experience but this is my first time working on an entirely new product. I am part of a small team of (5 or less) ...
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If I sign a future-dated appointment letter at a company, can I still apply for other companies & decline to join this company later? [India, IT]

I interviewed at a startup & cleared all rounds. Then the HR called me & said that they are willing to match my expected compensation & asked me to visit their office to sign the ...
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Re-applying for the same company after rejection. Email the prev. recruiter or apply in the website?

Scenario: You apply for a job, do seemingly well in the hiring process, go all the way to the end, but the stars don't align and another candidate gets the spot. A few weeks later another position ...
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2answers
290 views

Communicating my unease about moving under a new manager

I work for a large software company and there is a planned reorganization to consolidate all the designers under a central organization. While normally I would have no issues with this, I've found out ...
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4answers
967 views

Problem with coworker frequently cutting me off

I am having a problem with one of my coworkers that seems to be getting worse. We are both Senior Engineers of equal position on the same team, working for a large multinational Engineering company. ...
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Ethical to interview after accepting verbal offer?

Company A offered me a deadline to accept a verbal offer (email). It was pretty detailed regarding salary, benefits etc. I have accepted said offer using email. Now Company B wants to have a final-...
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What are classic research papers for HRs? [on hold]

I am looking for research paper related to human resources. In different field it is very common to read whitepapers, but in HR it seems like most people read books. What are actual research papers ...
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How to keep team morale and efficiency when dealing with poor communication in a mentorship-like relation

I am working in a academia-related field and the type of relationships tend to be pretty much as kind of mentor-students. I have mentored many persons in the past with very nice experiences and ...
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207 views

How to keep good relationships with two groups, when one wants to force its ambitions on the other? [on hold]

I am currently helping two organisations. One is medium size, growing fast, and established. The other is brand new, smaller, has multiple groups, and will grow to multiples of the first one after a ...
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2answers
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I have received an NDA without mention of salary, is it normal in NDAs? Should I ask that they mention the salary in my NDA? [on hold]

I have received an NDA from a company and inside of the NDA there is nowhere that salary is mentioned. I will work as a part-time employee in the company. Is it regular not mentioning the paid per ...
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5answers
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Responding to social invitations with autism

So I have been told that there will be a Christmas Party happening at my work. I have autism I really do not like this sort of thing. This is my first ever job and I am really enjoying it. I have ...
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3answers
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Relationship with former colleagues

Recently I have been receiving private messages from two former colleagues whom I worked closely with while was working as an intern at my previous workplace. The first guy was my supervisor, he ...
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A major investor asked me (the software lead) whether the board should fire my boss (the Co-Founder and CTO). What should I do?

I am the software lead of a startup which while not struggling, is repeatedly missing goals and commitments to clients. Much of this can be attributed to our CTO. Some background on her. She is one ...
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Is the company wrong for punishing me from my Bradford score?

This year I quite severely injured myself and had to have an operation leaving me out of work for 3 weeks. The company have included this in my before score which makes it much worse. Other than that ...
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should I write a reference for relative that has problems which could inhibit his job performance [on hold]

Was I was correct in not wanting to write this reference? My sister asked me to write a reference for her husband. When I got the questionnaire, it included if he has an issue with alcohol. In my ...
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Open office space - complaints for noise - how to respond

I work in a big corporate office and a slightly more senior colleague of mine under a different reporting line, with maybe ~25 years in the industry, Alice, has twice complained to me about how loud I ...
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3answers
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Is it bad style to ask for why a previous candidate was not hired?

This is similar to another question but with a bit of a twist, so I think it warrants existing alongside the other question. I am in the process of changing jobs, so I have been applying to quite a ...
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3answers
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Owner is determining raises based on customer work

Each year the company owner determines raises to go out to each employee. This year I accidentally read a memo addressed to HR that a lot of weight will be given to how "billable" an employee is. ...
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2answers
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Need help convincing my manager that SQL should be supported [closed]

I work as a reporting analyst for our Support Services department for a medium sized bank in which the data is stored on a hosted sql server database and we primarily use Report Builder. The mindset ...

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