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Rejected in the fourth interview round, citing insufficient years of experience

Why didn't they say you didn't have enough experience earlier in the process? Because it isn't true. You had enough experience going in, but you didn't get the job. Now they need to give you a ...
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Candidate's answer during an interview disqualifies them. Is it unprofessional to immediately inform them of this?

First off, if a question or two is so critical, it should be asked before an interview is scheduled. Candidate's answer during an interview disqualifies them. Is it unprofessional to immediately ...
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Manager wants to hire me; HR does not. How to proceed?

Continue to work for this company as a consultant. Conspire with that friendly manager to enlarge your contribution until it is essentially full time or even more. Charge three times what you ...
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How, in practice, can I hire more diversely?

Unless the job duties specifically require it then hiring someone because they are black, white, green, male, female, etc is discrimination against the other candidates who weren't your preferred ...
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Should I point out that I'm a woman when negotiating starting salary?

Ok, as a woman who works in the IT industry and has worked as a Senior Software Engineer for many years, my answer is simply Don't bring gender into the equation! I know what I am prepared to work ...
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Dilemma of explaining to interviewer that he is the reason for declining second interview

"Not a good fit" is used so often as to be a cliché, and is seen by many, if not most, to be a cop-out answer, which is likely why you're getting the follow-up. There is absolutely nothing wrong with ...
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The mysterious salary formula

Is there really a salary formula out there? There's no one formula covering every company or industry. A particular company may have a formula, or more likely a set of ranges for each job level. And ...
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Should I keep asking candidates to include a specific word to filter out candidates who didn't pay attention to the job ad?

I think you have your answer: Well, I got 50 applicants. Out of 50 only 3 put 'sunshine' and all of them turned to be not as qualified as I wanted them to be. While this "trick" seems thoughtful ...
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Got offer letter, submitted documents but didn't join, now they are asking for money to return my documents?

Those documents still belong to you and this sounds like extortion. Call the police and accuse the company of theft. Don't just name the company, name the people you were dealing with.
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Interviewer privately warned me against taking the job

Ooooh. That was Alison Green's first reaction to a very similar question she covered on AskAManager and I happen to share it. The situation is so similar that I'll reproduce part of her post here to ...
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Candidate's answer during an interview disqualifies them. Is it unprofessional to immediately inform them of this?

A.K.'s answer suggests that you should ask the critical questions before the interview, over the phone. I suggest going an extra mile and making sure they are listed as requirements in your job ...
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How to make interviewee comfortable interviewing in lounge chairs

I would ensure that a meeting room is available for these interviews. Perhaps bump people out of meeting rooms as they could rearrange/or use the lounge. I would do this also because an interviewee ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a potential employer for samples of their code and/or employee contact information, to determine if I want to work there?

I have asked "could you walk me through some of your best and worst code for a few minutes?" the last two times I went job hunting, usually at the end where people ask "do you have any questions for ...
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How should I respond when I lied about my education and the company finds out through background check?

In some locations, it is a crime to provide certain types of false information to a potential employer. If this is the case where you are, or you are not sure, you should consider Eric Lippert's ...
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Candidate's answer during an interview disqualifies them. Is it unprofessional to immediately inform them of this?

It is clearly important that 'disqualifying' questions be asked as early as possible (preferably before an interview), and that if the wrong answer is given then the candidate is politely informed as ...
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Should I keep asking candidates to include a specific word to filter out candidates who didn't pay attention to the job ad?

What this does is filter out the good programmers who are not willing to jump through what they think is a silly hoop in order to get a job. They will either not bother to apply at all, or will ...
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Need to withdraw an application unless their HR changes their rules - how to do so?

Talk to the hiring manager of the new place. Make sure that they're aware of the sensitivity of the situation. If there is another manager at your company that they can talk to, give their name also. ...
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Why does charm seem to have such a significant impact in hiring?

An employee is more than their resume. Even if someone has high academic marks and top qualifications, if they're bad at communicating, personally unpleasant, or a poor fit for the company culture, ...
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What's the best time to arrive for an interview / meeting / appointment?

The reason for planning to arrive 15 minutes early is so you can have 15 minutes of delay and still be on time. It's so you can take a quick detour into a coffee shop to use the bathroom if you're ...
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Is it okay to ask for reimbursement for an interview even if I got an offer?

Is it okay to ask for reimbursement even if I got an offer? Yes, that is why they gave you the form before the interview. It's a normal part of their procedures. Whether you got the job or not makes ...
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How to delay hiring a candidate for 1-2 months?

How about just talking to him? Many candidates will actually appreciate a later start date. That makes winding down things at your current gig easier. And if you are not strapped for cash, you can ...
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Need to withdraw an application unless their HR changes their rules - how to do so?

You don't have to withdraw your application. You can explain the situation as is, or just make it clear that you would not like them to contact your current employer. Simple: I'm sorry, I have not ...
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Is it a bad idea to hand deliver my CV to a company on spec?

Don't do this! This is a terrible idea - It's not the 1950s any more.. unless you're looking for retail or service industry roles unscheduled walk-ins are rude, disruptive and incredibly annoying. At ...
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How and when should I disclose that I'm deaf?

Let me start by stating that I understand the difficulties you face. While not profoundly deaf, I am legally deaf -- just over the threshold. When I first graduated college I had a lot of concerns ...
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Is there a minimum number of candidates that need to be interviewed before a decision is made?

There are a whole pile of reasons: To meet HR policy. Some companies just require that at least X number of people be interviewed for any position. I worked for a bank that required several people be ...
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How to answer "Are you interviewing anywhere else?" during an interview

Just say yes You can point out that you expect them to be interviewing other candidates as well. You can also say that you find it unwise to stop looking elsewhere until you reach an agreement with ...
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How, in practice, can I hire more diversely?

It's clear that your "Option 3", lying about the results of interviews to favor minority candidates, isn't the appropriate solution. So how do you ensure that you'll be able to go with "Option 2" more ...
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Employer wants to change salary after I signed contract

Run away. Don't just walk. I see a pattern of deceitful behavior by them. I was offered a position at a job recently and was pretty excited. The offer was above the other offers I received at other ...
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Applicant refuses to give employment-history or CV

I think it's important to separate two things: the resume/CV and the references. Refusing to give references This usually indicates that the applicant left their previous employers on bad terms, or ...
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