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Why would a company not allow applicants to ask questions during a job interview?

How common is this type of job interview? Are there any good reasons why a company would prefer this one-way form of communication? That's pretty unusual and would be a red flag for me. Interviewing ...
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I am endangering people's lives doing tasks I am not qualified to do

I need this job because I have to take care of my daughter No. You need a job to take care of your daughter. That could be flipping Burgers at McDonald's. In Germany as a Software Developer there ...
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What is the point of the HR question about possibility to leave them?

An interview is a 2-way street. Make sure they don't have a revolving door of employees. I think the question they meant to ask was The last person left after 6 months, how do we know you'll stay ...
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Would it be inappropriate to write employment filters on my social media channels?

This answer is not intended to oppose imtaar's answer. I agree that it can be appropriate to do so; but this answer questions whether it's going to actually help you achieve your goal. What makes you ...
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I am endangering people's lives doing tasks I am not qualified to do

I already created forged documents about results of safety relevant tests of another department (mechanical engineering) because the test station failed to protocol the results and no one noticed for ...
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Team manager never accept my solutions

What I would do: In private: Hey, would you mind giving me feedback about my suggestion, what was the problem you saw in that approach? I noticed my suggestions get mostly denied, and I would need ...
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Should I apply for my dream job even if I expect to be on maternity leave?

First of all: congratulations to both your PhD and your baby! This requires some careful analysis and planning. A dream job can only be a dream job if both you and your employer are genuinely happy ...
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Why would a company not allow applicants to ask questions during a job interview?

I would say this kind of interview is very uncommon, and with good reason. Usually a job interview is so that both parties get a feel for one another. If it ends up more like a interrogation, then the ...
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I am endangering people's lives doing tasks I am not qualified to do

I’m in the UK, so perhaps this isn't quite right for Germany. But usually, if an employee goes to the relevant authorities (safety standards organisations, product approval bodies, or police), and ...
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What is the point of the HR question about possibility to leave them?

If you get a question in an interview that you don't fully understand, ask for clarification. Interviewing is a two way process, clear communication is vital because it's only a short period to assess ...
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Why would a company not allow applicants to ask questions during a job interview?

I'm not defending the company here, and honestly, this sounds like terrible interview practice. But, one possible explanation could be that this was a pool interview. In other words, there are X ...
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What is the official date of resignation when registered mail was delivered on time, but went to a collection point to be picked up the next day?

First things first: sending a letter on a Friday and expecting it to arrive on Monday is very risky. Yes. It can. But I don't think the carrier can guarantee that. Next time, don't do those things at ...
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Got fired for not working enough overtime, just before the end of probation. What should I do?

Well, lets unpack this. In Germany, working 10-12 hours a day over a longer period of time is illegal as an employee. Actually, the employee will not be sentenced, it's illegal for the company to ...
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What is the point of the HR question about possibility to leave them?

If your resume contains many short appointments this is an invitation to assuage their fears you'll be out the door the moment you've finished training. For example, maybe you did a bunch of short-...
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A way to fight back the meeting-bongo, how dangerous is this idea?

Keeping a track of the amount of time you spend in meetings isn't a bad idea - especially if you are finding that the meetings are frequently running over the length of time alloted in the calendar. ...
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A way to fight back the meeting-bongo, how dangerous is this idea?

Just log it in your timesheet and carry on. This answer is based on two assumptions: Your company uses some method to record time spent working on various activities. Your management routinely uses ...
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What is the official date of resignation when registered mail was delivered on time, but went to a collection point to be picked up the next day?

You are most likely asking the wrong question Chances are you did shoot yourself in the foot by requiring the signature (and obviously by waiting until the last minute). The carrier can only hand over ...
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Got fired for not working enough overtime, just before the end of probation. What should I do?

You've been released. You start looking for your next job. This time, ask more questions in the interview process. Ask about their work/life balance. Ask about the culture. Ask about the things that ...
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Why would a company not allow applicants to ask questions during a job interview?

TL;DR: It might be an Assessment-Center In some large German companies, there is the process of an "Assessment-Center" (yes, the english term is used in german). I was lucky enough to avoid ...
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Would it be inappropriate to write employment filters on my social media channels?

It is NOT inappropriate to write employment filters on your social media channels. Instead of naming it as Filters, you can write "Please consider my following job preferences". Write all ...
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Can I spend 100% of my paid time with pet projects if there is nothing to do?

I do not believe there is no work for a software developer in a company of that size. If you are supposed to manage yourself, start doing that. Show some initiative. Go talk to colleagues, starting ...
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When do I need to resign?

Well, you could hand in your resignation before the probation period is over, but with an effective date of July 31st. But then your employer could respond by firing you with two weeks notice, because ...
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Why would a company not allow applicants to ask questions during a job interview?

That is super unusual. It might be acceptable when the job in question is highly standardized, maybe unionized, maybe limited in time. For example, cleaning tables at a big fast food chain over the ...
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My company/team relies on a language I clearly specified I can't speak

I read this part: They replied that I should not worry about that, that this matter "is on them" as they will provide the necessary accommodation for me. And parsed it as: We know it doesn'...
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Is Software (profit)-share a red flag?

The profit share is unusual, but I don't see it as a problem. Think of it like this. If the pay without the 5% bonus is decent, then the pay with the 5% can't be worse, right? Think of the pay as what ...
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A way to fight back the meeting-bongo, how dangerous is this idea?

I think this calendar trick will not reflect well on you. You identified a problem, not getting enough work done due to an excessive amount of meetings you have to attend, but did not really anything ...
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What is the point of the HR question about possibility to leave them?

What sort of position were you applying for? Your profile says that you are a PhD student so it is possible that your position would be relatively unique within the company and that a strategy to ...
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Got fired for not working enough overtime, just before the end of probation. What should I do?

I assume you also earn below average, but "you'll learn much more than in big corporations". Been there, done that. Even for those companies your working hours are not normal, in your case ...
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In a small, "not-impersonal" company how to communicate wanting to resign when you can't expect to see your boss in person due to hybrid remote work?

So realistically, I can ask my boss for a video meeting, or I can ask them when they'd expect to be in the office for an in-person meeting. The former feels a little inappropriate in how informal it ...
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