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I would suggest that you take this job immediately if it is the only job offer you have right now and if you are currently unemployed. The reason is that you don't know for sure when your next job offer may come. If possible, please stay with this company for at least 1 year to earn meaningful working experiences. You don't have to tell them that you don't ...


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As a very general rule of thumb as to how I look at things (for permanent staff, contract roles are obviously different): One short role you can explain in a sentence. Two consecutive short roles I'll start wondering and ask a few questions. Three consecutive short roles will really make me start thinking you're unlikely to stay in whatever role I'm hiring ...


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If they aren’t asking you to commit to a long period in writing, you should not feel at all guilty about taking the job. It is not unprofessional to put your career ahead of what the company would prefer. It would be unethical to lie and say you intended to stay for years, but there’s no need to bring up that you may take a better offer in 6 months if it ...


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If you have a pending offer, it is appropriate to mention that in the interview, and ask about their timeline. If they are very impressed with you, this allows them to speed up their process and perhaps get a competing offer to you. If you are just another option, they will likely not change their process, knowing they will lose you to another offer. If ...


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Beggars can't be choosers You need a job. You've been offered one. It's not your ideal job, but if you're willing to take it, your need for a job outweighs your need for the perfect job. And as others have said, you don't know you won't want to stay there long term unless you've gotten enough red flags that you should probably just pass. Otherwise I'd ...


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First decide how long you want to delay deciding for. It's unprofessional at best to leave it open ended. Then just ask for that amount of time to decide due to personal commitments. They will either come back with their own timeframe or more information. Either way you have something to move forwards with.


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Contractors are often hired for shorter stints, but they are usually given tasks that can be done without understanding the full picture and the expectancy often is they bring sufficient skills so that they can be productive enough in that timeframe. As an Internal, you will be onboarded extensively. (Not all companies do this, but companies with an average ...


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In my experience stick with your first choice. You made that choice for the right reasons at the time; some were objective, others instinctive. When you go through a tough time – which all jobs have – you'll think that the original job would have been better. Go with your gut feeling.


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A company that immediately matches an offer at 150% of your salary knew they were underpaying you and were just hoping you wouldn't complain too much. Good leadership would have been looking after you to make sure you were happy with your compensation in the first place. What's worse is that this isn't even being added to your contracted salary, it's just ...


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You listed five reasons why you want to move. They all look perfectly rational IMO. So, the question is, how does a supposedly "guaranteed" annual bonus, and some worthless share certificates that might or might not have value at some unknown future date, address those five reasons? The answer should be obvious: they don't address any of them. They ...


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One of those two offers, however, is a significant bump and a few grades higher than the other offer. - They have asked me what I am expecting for salary, bonuses, and Reserved Stock Units (something I've never dealt with before). I am at a loss at how to pick the right values. These statements are in a bit of conflict with each other. You know what the ...


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You shouldn't tell company B about company A if you wish to go through B's hiring process. B. would most likely just pass on you if you told them about the offer before you even pass B's hiring process. That said, if company B has told you their pay range/minimum and it's more than 10% below what company A. is offering there's probably no point going ahead ...


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is it in my best interests to inform company B that I have received an offer from another company, Yes it is. If the recruiter has asked you to let them know about an offer, there is the possibility that they may accelerate your interview process and present you with an offer depending on how desirable of a candidate you are and their need to fill the ...


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“Would a pending offer make another employer less interested?” This seems very unlikely. I’ve even had potential employers ask me about other prospects. It helps them get a sense of how quickly they should be expected to move you through the process, should they decide to proceed. For hiring managers, this is an incredibly common ocurrence and it’s unlikely ...


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Would they be able to detect my paid employment? Yes. Since it's short and long ago, it's not very likely but it's certainly possible. If I do clear the checks and join the bank, can they fire me if they come to know from someone about the paid employments? Yes. You lied on your application. That's typically grounds for dismissal. I know in an ideal ...


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Tell the backup company you need ten days to take care of personal business before you can give them an answer. It depends on the industry and level, but for professional jobs this is normal enough that if they cannot accommodate you then you have probably dodged a bullet.


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The hiring process is like anything else, it is mostly self centered. How they react to such information will vary greatly even with the same person at the same company on a different day. There is no reason to reveal why you are looking for an abbreviated hiring schedule, so you shouldn't. Next time try something like this: "How long does it take to ...


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Congratulations, these both seem excellent options. You are in good shape. The choice probably depends on your personal life goals and priorities, which you haven't talked about yet. If you primarily want to have fun and excitement, the startup looks like the better options. If career advancement and money are more important, than consulting seems the better ...


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...an entry-level software job. ... I want to work in bigger corporate kind of companies. Being a Software Developer for 30+ years, I would advise on not adopting this mindset. Generally the larger the company, the less you can learn and the more vertical you will find your career. I have found the mid-to smaller companies generally give one more ...


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Never accept counter-offers You have already been flagged as “disloyal” by management and they will be seeking to replace you at their earliest possible convenience. The counter-offer itself is not in good faith An “albeit” raise is not a raise A promise of equity is not equity (particularly since this particular promise has been decaying for 3 years now) A ...


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You should not volunteer any information that can put you at a disadvantage. With plethora of candidates these days, telling B that you have an offer most likely will terminate your hiring process with them If both companies are nice destination for you, you should pursue then both. Hiring process is not an offer of employment and you cannot be certain it ...


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You shouldn't say "Why are you desperate to hire me?" but it seems like you could ask more indirect questions. There are a few scenarios for a company being desperate to hire: maybe a lot of people are leaving, they have a lot of new projects coming up/already started, or they have big expansion plans. Some good, some bad reasons. You could ask why ...


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Not necessarily a red flag. If they've recognized that you're more technically skilled than their interview team, they might feel there's no point in further interviews and they should just jump to the hiring process. This is a fairly good sign; if you have confidence that you're a fit for the position, you should also have confidence that the interviewers ...


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Yes, they can find out about previous employers from tax and other records. Those were short and long ago so maybe they’ll find them maybe not. Yes, they can fire you for lying on your application if they find out. You might be able to explain it away as “part of an early history of odd jobs,” so you didn’t bother to list them - or might not. Try being ...


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You are 30+ years, have nearly done your Phd and are in a foreign country. You have a girl friend. That's great! It's obviously now time to focus on job stability. In most industries, if you don't rise up to management level or get assigned some management responsibilities by the time you are 35+, ageism will work against you as it is cheaper to hire younger ...


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The CEO said to me in discussion during interview that he wanted employees who will be able to stay long term in the company. He gave examples of most of his employees staying in the company for at least 5-6 years. This sentence is a pure declaration of intent which is not binding in any way: if the company loses a project for which you are hired, or your ...


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Depending on your situation, I would suggest to go with the flow on the current offer while waiting on others, that may or may not happen Each company has their own timeline on talent hunting and on-boarding. If current offer is what you are looking for but you want to wait a bit before committing, check your offer / contract and clarify points that you ...


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The answer is: Do some research. You are not worth what you are worth. You are worth what the company would otherwise pay to replace you to do the same job that you would be doing. In other words, you are worth what someone else, doing the same job as you, is worth. So remove your current situation from the equation; the only question to ask and answer ...


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I don't think this is something to worry or stress about. If you suggest something that is too high its unlikely they will take back the offer. They will just say that's not reasonable and likely tell you why - i.e standard is blah for this role. Equally if you undersell yourself you will be underpaid for a while and then once you have stronger CV can just ...


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