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What’s the downside of applying again? If you apply and get declined, the end result is you wouldn’t work there. If you don’t apply, you also would end up not working there.


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Unless the issue is being followed up on by the police, the matter is closed. Fast food is entry level work and presumably you are seeking to obtain similar work, so just leave the job off your resume and apply to other places. You may want to change your username for this question, as I Googled the name you have and can match certain identifying ...


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You said, I don't know what to do here The best thing to do is probably to move on. Focus your mental and emotional energy on other opportunities. Either: The employer is right - the test is not impossible, and you just screwed it up. But if that's the case, following up won't really get you anywhere, because they've clearly passed you over at this ...


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What should I do? Learn a lesson, hope company A does not initiate legal action against you, and move on. Can I file complaint against him or his organization? Forget you ever thought of this; you are the one at fault here. To elaborate, unless company B used physical means to snatch that letter out of you (which constitutes a criminal case against ...


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I'm wondering should I even bother? Do HRs have some sort of employee blacklist? It's unlikely that you are on a blacklist, but certainly both HR and the hiring manager will know that a year ago you left your 2-month stint. Just be sure to have an excellent answer to the inevitable question of "why did you leave us before?" Make sure your answer is clear,...


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Open a question on Stack Overflow. You might get some kind of surprise answer and then you'll feel dumb and move on. You might get a million veterans on your side telling you that you were correct and then you can just say "well, screw that company then" and move on. Be sure to give as many details as you can. Some sort of web-portal mechanism processed ...


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You've received several good answers, but I feel there is an important point that hasn't been emphasized enough. Hiring managers are generally looking for individuals with the skills to complete job tasks, but also for individuals who will be happy, productive, and (ideally) long-term team members. That's hard to ask directly about in an interview, so ...


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I think the test is valid and you failed it by completely focusing on the irrelevant part. Your task was (only!) to implement the 'functionToWrite'. The 'gets' function is a part of the system that someone else wrote and that you have an (implicit) documentation for. You see that this function gives you a list of numbers (and to compute the length of the ...


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To pass the test, you had to ignore the line that said DO NOT CHANGE THIS CODE. You didn't do that. This left you with one declaration that just doesn't compile, and one highly dangerous line of code (google for "gets dangerous"). So the right thing to do and to pass the test was to ignore that line, rip out what was there and replace it with something ...


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I am unclear how he 'forced' you to show him the offer letter. If he said he wouldn't make you an offer without you disclosing the confidential letter from company B. It is your fault you gave in to that, you weren't forced. What you should do is learn to walk away. The boss of company B sounds like a jerk, you don't want to work for a jerk. You certainly ...


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Apply. They'll notice your stint on your resume as soon as they glance at your resume anyway. Let them make the decision. At one company I was at, one Vice President was famous for driving away his underlings, and no one blamed his underlings for quitting. In fact in that specific case, surviving more than one week under him was seen as a net positive by ...


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I'm assuming you were just caught and fired on the spot. If so, that is likely the end of it. Unless you were arrested, indicted, found guilty, or have a warrant out for your arrest, you should be OK. Otherwise, if it was a juvenile conviction, your "record" goes away when you reach a certain age (or so I'm told - this may vary depending on which state you ...


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I think your attempt to be polite is doing more harm than good. I'd recommend being more succinct, which can both be professional and polite. Thank you very much for getting back to me. I'd greatly enjoy working at your company, and I'm sure I'd be a valuable asset. However, I'm currently only considering offers with an annual salary of at least XXX,...


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I believe if the company had a proper hiring procedure, they should have a clear idea about my competencies within the 3 interviews they have conducted face 2 face. I've hired more than 300 people (mostly software engineers of different seniority, UX, researchers, project managers). And there is no hiring procedure good enough to understand how somebody ...


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Am I being too difficult and egoistic or Is reference check a common thing that I need to follow and respect without questing it? Yes, you are. Reference check is common. The references are not really to check on your technical competencies, rather to check on your background and behavioral aspects. Through the interview process They don't know how you ...


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I don't know what to do here. It is driving me crazy Your best course of action is to simply move on and forget about it. If the task is truly impossible then that is indicative of a company with unreasonable expectations for their employees. You should be thankful that you will not be working for such a company.


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The test contained invalid code [...] the webpage had glaring issues and refused my answers for one of the other questions [...] How should I help myself move on? Don't just move on from this, take it as a learning opportunity. When presented with a less-than-ideal situation, your (potential) employer expects you to make the best of it. There are ...


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At the end of your post, add something like "I have keeping an eye out for a suitable position with my employer for them, but they don't match our current openings so I'd like to help them find a good position elsewhere." That both expresses your loyalty to your employer and to your friend.


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There is nothing you can do. You've already screwed up. This is what you should have told them instead. "I'm sorry, but I can not in good conscience forward a private communication sent to me from another potential employer." Please note the purposefully vague language I'm using here. It's important to not even disclose the name of ...


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Am I being too difficult and egoistic or Is reference check a common thing that I need to follow and respect without questing it? In my view, yes. Reference checks can help fill out a sense of how a candidate is as an employee, how they fit in the wider picture of the company rather than just "can they do skilled task x". It's a lot easier for someone to ...


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Take the opportunities you have in front of you when they are there to be taken. You never know when another will come along. As for the decision between small and interesting, and big and pedestrian, I would choose the interesting. While there is some currency in saying "I interned for big multi-national", you're almost certainly going to be asked "and ...


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Here is how recruiters work: they usually get payed large sums of money by the employer once a candidate they referred gets a contract (usually tied to the entry-salary). They do not work for you, they work for the prospective employers. You are their raw-material, so to speak. So they like to build up a database of candidates to quickly refer a suitable ...


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This is India. TL;DR Incidents like this used to happen in the past, happening at present and WILL continue to happen in future. You cannot expect any sense of ethics from the most companies and their HR representatives. Do not hesitate to help them realize the taste of their own medicine. Write your reviews in Glassdoor, Indeed, MouthShut, LinkedIn, ...


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I just want to chime in since every existing answer thinks you did something wrong. It's possible that in your location/field it's considered unacceptable to share information about offers, but that's certainly not always the case. At least in the United States and with software engineers, telling a company you have an offer from another is completely 100% ...


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There are good advices in this answer, just adding a specific point: From my own small experience in a big well known fast-food brand when I was student (starts with "Mc", actually in France but I assume it's the same in other countries), they keep internal records of past employees and share them at least nation-wide. So if it's a big fast-food brand you ...


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Is it okay to negotiate salary and remote work at the same time? TL;DR: Is is OK and it is expected. Think about this: in the job offer, if the organization mentioned only one responsibility and after accepting the offer, they tell you about another responsibility, and after joining, they tell you about several more - how would you feel? Put all terms and ...


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how can I know if a recruiter has a job I'm interested in before I tell them my whole story? Ask them. Make it the first thing you do in the conversation. If they open with a bunch of questions about you, then simply ask them "First, can you tell me about the position you're calling about please?" (or a similar question in a polite, professional and ...


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I am rejecting this idea NOT because I can't provide the reference, but because it is against what I believe is right. We each have the ability to stand up for what we believe is right and what we believe is important. Am I being too difficult and egoistic or Is reference check a common thing that I need to follow and respect without questing it? ...


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Here are some options for you Create a fake account for the group. It is public right, so anyone can basically join with ease? Just make a new account to do this with. Send an email to the HR person asking if they can add your friend to their list of people to hire. Let the HR recruiter at your company in on the scheme. Maybe they know somewhere your ...


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Remember this next time someone tries to push you around. Some people will exploit you. Some people will lie to you. Some people will take advantage of you. This is an almost inevitable certainty. You'll never be able to prevent it completely, but you can learn from past mistakes to help avoid future ones. The next time someone tries to pressure you to ...


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