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You realise most people here would kill for a one hour interview that resulted in a job offer the next day, right?! That's great! I'd figured there be some follow-up interviews where we can go more in depth of my coding abilities and system architects logic. IMHO, I'm glad more companies are actually moving away from this style of all-day really in-depth ...


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Interviews serve two purposes, both very important. One is for the employer to assess whether you are a good person for the job. The other is for you to assess whether you want to work for the employer. A one-hour many-on-one interview isn't a great way for you to make your assessment, as you know. You can say to the hiring manager something like "Thanks ...


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Having been vetted for security clearance and passing a one hour conference can in some cases be pretty normal - especially if they're in need of a particular skill. I got hired to one of my nicest jobs in a similar fashion (basically a team of 20 people eating pizza and interviewing me). I don't really understand from your post what you are worried that ...


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The places where I have worked with a smart, competent, motivated and functional team have typically employed LESS whiteboarding/tests/various interview shenanigans. My own theory on this is that knowledgeable technical people are able to identify others with appropriate proficiency just by asking them pertinent questions. There seems to be a direct ...


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I am going to be the dissenting voice here. I had this experience. I interviewed with a government contractor doing software. Just met with one or two people and got an offer. High paying offer. It was one of the worse places I have worked. We had people that were so bad they wouldn't even bill them to the contract and it still took them forever to ...


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Say that I had written and/or edited a few good Wikipedia articles. As Wikipedia describe themselves as: the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The mere fact of writing or editing a Wikipedia article itself is completely unremarkable. It's kind of on a level of putting "I can tie my own shoelaces" on your CV. Would it be appropriate to put this ...


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Should I be concern on how they did their interviewing process or am I just overthinking it? You are overthinking it. I once had an interview which was over before I had finished my coffee (took the job) and I once gotten an offer while walking back from the interview to my car (did not take the job). My previous job I landed after a more "normal" process (...


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Before thinking about the video, do this simple exercise: describe yourself in 100 words, then 50, then 30, then 10. Next, think about the job you are interviewing for, and see how you can tweak your introductions to make them relevant and engaging, mentioning key terms related to your achievements, expertise and qualities. 20 seconds can be very short or ...


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written and/or edited a few good Wikipedia articles Unless this is particularly relevant to where you're applying (say, you're applying for a position at Wikimedia itself) or you have a particularly compelling reason for doing so (say you won some kind of prestigious award for your work) then no. This is nothing remarkable. If I saw this on a CV, I'd ...


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This might not be the answer you're looking for, but I think you should look into fixing your resume. A resume should be targeted at documenting the skills that will allow you to succeed at your ideal job. Your resume is too much about your character and not enough about your IT skills, which is what companies will care about, especially big brand name ...


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For many companies, the style you described is absolute standard. If these are companies that you wouldn't want to work for because of this, that is of course your decision. But you shouldn't consider it a exceptional behavior or red flag. I always wondered how common 'show-coding' interviews really are - I have been in panel interviews for at least forty ...


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Interviews don't have to be the long, grueling affairs that some employers make them. Interviewing is often about "fit", as in "Do you fit in their culture?". For some places, the interviewers believe they can figure this out quickly. Furthermore, people often assume your resume tells the story of what you've done and/or they ask just enough to figure out if ...


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You should get a chance to ask these questions at the end of the interview. It's pretty common for the interviewers last question to ask if you have any questions. Ideally you would ask about more than just compensation at this point, e.g. general questions about the position, company etc. Depending on the interview style you may find an opportunity to ...


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Interview was just an one hour panel. Got offer the next day; do I take or is this a red flag? Neither. Maybe they are bad at interviewing, and maybe that's it and it's a great company. Or maybe it stems from incompetence at everything. Or maybe they've decided that technical interviews and/or skills aren't worth very much compared to willingness to ...


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I would not cite Wikipedia articles for no other reason than that it's not a professional forum. Just like I wouldn't cite answers I've posted to forums on Stack Exchange. But more important, you can't control Wikipedia. so it's a double edged sword. You could write a fantastic article on a pertinent subject, but anyone can later add, remove, or change it ...


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I cannot say for sure with the information you have provided, but there can be other factors that have some importance. But it boils down to: They have your CV, They have asked clarifications and could evaluate your personality (what an interview is for), They have specific needs (otherwise they would not be hiring), They may have other information (I would ...


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I wonder what information should I put in this very short video? You should put information and facts that briefly but concisely describe you. Things I suggest you include may be your educational background (what you studied, where), your professional interests (past projects or gigs), and also some more personal facts, like what is your preferred name, ...


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My understanding is that it would usually be illegal in the UK to have an unpaid internship of this nature, so I'd guess it's paid. That being said, I'd have clarified this up front - it's a perfectly reasonable question to ask before the interview, and saves potential time-wasting later. Would it be appropriate at the end of my interview tomorrow, or ...


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Short interview alone is neither red nor green flag. There are 2 strategies that work: Hard to get in, hard to get out. This is probably what you're used to. A difficult interview that's supposed to weed out bad candidates, and after that everybody lives happily everafter with coworkers held to equally high standards. Easy to get in, easy to get out. This ...


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Since you have security clearance you must have worked in the defense sector before. I have experience in the public transportation sector which is fairly regulated. I can only suppose that the situation in defense is similar to other industries whose products are not software per se but machines (or weapons) which use software. Especially in regulated ...


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My current company made an offer after a one hour interview. Which was all about solving real world problems with the big view of things, no programming at all. Another company interviewing for an hour led to me calling my agency “sorry, not these guys”. The company before took two hours. Manager of the team I would be joining, followed by team lead of ...


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Only if it helps you to demonstrate a particular skill that is appreciated for the position. In my case. English is my second language. Many people in Spain have low level of English, so having high level is an advantage. I never got around to obtaining official certificates, such as Cambridge's CAE. So, I have to prove my long-term domain of English via ...


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Resumes are sales tools. You're selling yourself (your skills, experience, and capability to do work) to an employer. Decisions about what information is included should always be made with this in mind. You want to be able to show off your skills, but you also want to do so in a way that's predictable - which is where Wikipedia may be an issue. Wikipedia ...


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I'd suggest talking with your boss, HR, or someone in management for some ideas. Maybe the hiring manager -- and ask them if there is anything that you could do to prepare for the position. The alternative is to seek a sales job outside the company and go to that. Or even perhaps get a part time sales job somewhere else and work 2 jobs. Then next ...


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Depends on how hungry you are. When I was made an offer from Big Blue, a position was available immediately on contract. HR told me that they would need to apply to the regional office for hiring against a regular post. I told him that getting the approval was up to him and he may choose to do it if he wanted me to join and that I am content in my current ...


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