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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

I would not resign until I have a signed offer in hand. Tell the recruiter to inform your new employer of your intended start date, and forbid them to call your current employer. There is no ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

IMHO, you should forbid them to contact your current employer. It may be worth to walk away from this opportunity. In my experience, a valuable employee quitting outright stirs some bad feelings and ...
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Company offering me the same job again just 10 days after rejecting me in final VP round

The interview process is a two-way street. It is an opportunity for both parties to learn about each other. If you were uncomfortable with the VP's answers to your questions then you should take that ...
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Company offering me the same job again just 10 days after rejecting me in final VP round

Now since I knew I did quite well in the technical rounds, the only reason for me getting rejected was the final interview with VP where I asked him uncomfortable questions about work pressure and ...
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How to react after all your work being thrown away due to a merger?

There are three things going on here. First off, it sounds like you've heard some rumors that your existing project will stop development. Don't be a rumor monger, and instead get some direct ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

The background checks are not a barrier to the other company making you an offer. Other answers have correctly advised that you do not allow your recruiter to contact your current company until you ...
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Company offering me the same job again just 10 days after rejecting me in final VP round

Since you are uncertain about whether you want to take this job, the best way forward is to make further investigations. I would be uncertain in your situation too. In the VPs position I might give a ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

When changing a job, for your own safety you are way better off when you don't quit (and not even let your current employer know that you might be quitting soon) before you got a new working contract. ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

This isn't your responsibility to handle or try to conceal or hide anything. It needs to go straight to HR or the companies designated Compliance Officer after which you comply with anything they ask. ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

You're in a strong position. You can use it. The recruiter wants your commitment ASAP. Your response should be that if they complete the background check (without contacting your employer), you'll ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

A person who makes background checks here. You can request the new company to not contact your current employer, and just be open about this situation. Reaffirm that you are willing to provide every ...
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How to react after all your work being thrown away due to a merger?

Did you get paid during the time you were working on this product? If so, your work was rewarded according to what you agreed to. You have no complaint here! That being said, it can be a bit ...
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Company offering me the same job again just 10 days after rejecting me in final VP round

The most likely reason for this is that they offered to another candidate who then rejected their offer. Rather clumsy of HR to put themselves in this position but not unheard of. It is rather ...
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How to react after all your work being thrown away due to a merger?

It happens. Happened to me multiple times. I closed down the projects cleanly, basically so the next guy could pick it up if they ever changed their mind. Then went in to the next project. I got paid ...
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How to react after all your work being thrown away due to a merger?

Move forward with a positive attitude or move on This is extremely common in software, and you might as well get used to it now. You only spent one year on the old product, so count yourelf lucky. ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

If you suspect that he is out to hurt you, then you close off all access that he has, and escort him off the premises. Once he is safely gone, you can then investigate and find out the truth. If you ...
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Company offering me the same job again just 10 days after rejecting me in final VP round

IMHO, it depends how much you want this particular position and your employment situation. If you see it as a an opportunity to upgrade your salary and working conditions, request more money and ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

Often, a professional environment teaches us to be more concerned with appearance and offending each other than we really should be. This issue isn't about who's eating someone else's lunch out of the ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

I've got a formal job offer, conditional on the background checks. That is good, but that doesn't mean that you have something that is 100% guaranteed. The offer can still be rescinded, and the start ...
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