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I want my manager to know my actual background and areas of expertise and feel guilty that I “stole” a position using someone else's credentials. However, I'd also like to retain my position, if possible. How can I tell my manager that I was hired by mistake? Skip the "hired by mistake" part - that's just silly. Deal with the "my manager doesn't know ...


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Why don't you just acknowledge that you found the problem and fixed it? Why do you need to name names? If pressed, tell the client "We left a testing filter in place. We removed the filter and the issue is now resolved." Naming Bob is not going to make the mistake any less concerning to the client and does nothing to appease them... and so naming ...


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Relax. The project came in on time and on budget, so you succeeded. Everybody makes mistakes; mistakes are how we learn. If you make no mistakes, then you learn nothing and you don’t improve! The proof here is that you’re being given another project, so you are not seen as a failure. Resolve to do even better this time. I have every confidence that you will ...


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Personally, I'd have security escort you right out of the building, and ship your personal items to you, and flag your file with "Do not rehire". You clearly violated policy by attempting to circumvent security. If you cannot come up with some solid and amazingly urgent business reason to circumvent security, violate protocols, and put your company at risk ...


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Don't walk, but RUN to your boss and tell him exactly what happened. As the boss, his skills should be among other things negotiating with vendors. There is no way that he is going to pay twice for this training. He will either send everyone on a different date, or do whatever he can to get out of that payment. As a company owner, he can do things to ...


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I do not see a problem here. You found a bug, [100~105 case] reported it and provided the fix. After some time, you found another bug [105~107 one] (and probably the way to fix it, too). One can say, it should have been caught earlier, but nevertheless, you are the one who actually found this bug out and providing a solution. Until and unless you are ...


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Simple solution: make backups, especially if anyone else might be working on your stuff. This should have been a very very minor problem. Take responsibility for your work in future. Most people have either made a similar mistake themselves or know about one. The thing is to learn from it. Even this late in my career I had a laptop stolen which held the ...


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Do nothing. Anything you do would contribute to validating the story she possibly could tell. That story now would be "I watched through the closed blinds of the office of a co-worker, and I thought he may be masturbating" and then it could be followed by "so I watched long enough to be sure" or "I turned away quickly". No matter how inappropriate or ...


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How can I tell my manager that I was hired by mistake? Short answer: You don't, you don't bring any of this up at all. You have no real way to know if this is true or not, so assume it's not and continue on. Keep your head down, focus on your tasks, and do the best you can. Now, if you feel this position is beyond your skill set, and you were really ...


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Nowhere in my contract OR in the IT and Internet usage policies does it explicitly state not to use proxies or attempt to bypass the restrictions (which is the wording I was used to seeing at college), however it does say that the internet should only be used for business purposes. You're kind of expected to have a certain amount of responsibility in the ...


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You don't lose credibility by admitting your mistakes, you lose it by trying to hide them. In your particular case, your calculator was conservative in calculating weight tolerance, which only increases the margin of safety, so as you said, no harm done. The fact that you spotted the error yourself, and corrected your error is something to be proud of, ...


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my "rating" and trust from my manager has dropped due to these episodes. Are you assuming it's dropped, or has it actually dropped? My first port of call would be to ask for a meeting with your manager so you can both talk about how the project went - you can ask him how you think you've performed from his perspective in that meeting, and potentially gain ...


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I am going to look at that from the customer's perspective: I don't care if Tom, Dick, or Harry was responsible- you as a company / team are responsible to me. I care about this getting fixed, and verified, so we don't have to look at it again; and I especially care about your processes getting permanently improved so this won't happen again in the future - ...


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At my place, in the UK, you would be gone. As a senior developer, I would be gone. You could have asked if you can use your own private phone with 3G connection, or whether you can bring your private iPad in, with its own 3G connection, but absolutely no playing around with your company's network. You could have asked IT if they can make it possible to ...


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Three things will help you to be more accurate: use checklists and procedures (write your own) and follow them. Include steps like 'double check which server you are targeting'. When the consequences of a mistake are high, actually print the list and check things off with a pen as you go. when technology helps you, take a moment to check. Say your email ...


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How can I approach this rationally? Stop crying. Wipe your tears. Then go to your boss immediately, explain what happened and ask for help in correcting (or at least mitigating) this error to the extent your company can. Then, either make sure you use a company phone number for all work contacts, or quickly get a replacement phone. To be without a phone ...


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Own up to it. State exactly what the mistake was, how you fixed it (or how you plan on fixing it if the fix is non-trivial), and how you will prevent something like this from happening again. I can't guarantee that it won't affect your hiring process but taking accountability is the way to handle this like an adult.


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I think calling it "lack of intuition" is part of the problem. I personally don't see a connection among your 4 examples that I could call "intuitive." What I've seen you describe is several specific behaviours: not thinking about the consequences of some actions (eg damaging product without realizing it was still going to be shipped) not generalizing ...


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You are getting seriously beat up on this. Yes you intentionally bypassed security but sounds like you just did it to access content that would have been otherwise available to you. It is not a akin to a felony. Apologize, tell them you know it is wrong, and will not do it again. You will get disciplined but may not get fired.


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Let's consider the options you listed: Play dumb and act like I'm completely surprised by the training class dates Your conversation with the training course provider can most likely be traced, and most definitely will be, having your employer discover that you were very well aware of the dates. Lying will do you no good here, you'll simply get fired for ...


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Always be honest; doing otherwise will come back to bite you in the end. If your boss mentions your previous experience (that you don't have), correct him politely. You did not misrepresent yourself during the application and hiring process, and you don't want to make the mistake of doing so now by allowing his assumptions to continue. That said, you do ...


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In the future, when working on stuff like this, check it into a branch rather than the master. Or go low tech and save it elsewhere on your personal hard drive. Unless you're in a crisis the problem wasn't the time spent- it was the risk of something unknown, untested, and potentially breaking going out. What to do- talk to your boss. Explain to him ...


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Do not withdraw. Depending in the organization, free-form texts like Motivation are skimmed, if read at all. If challenged, have a cute quip about the vagaries of autocorrect, or about the arbitrary naming conventions, or whatever, ready - but let it shine through that you noticed right away and that it mortified you (that part should be easy, it seems). Do ...


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He said, "Ok, just make sure you need it before having me buy something". I apologized but I feel really bad now. I was thinking of making it up to him by buying him a small gift. I say that giving your boss a gift is unnecessary. The mistake was already done, and giving your boss a gift will not change what happened. Your boss already "forgave you" for ...


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Mate, I am going to throw an extra few of my own pennies into this. I have managed IT teams in the tens and had the privilege of hiring literally hundreds of developers. If it was up to me all senior devs would have full access to whatever. Unfortunately sometimes the context is a corporate setting where IT staff is affected by corporate general policy. ...


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Am I being overly critical and unfair to Jane No, she's impacting negatively and persistently on multiple tasks is she being overly sensitive and entitled? No, she's just trying to protect herself, and that is all she has Your mistake was entering into a prolonged dialogue about things. You don't owe her an explanation. So when she wouldn't meet you ...


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The odds of anyone relying on something an intern produced for health, safety, or major cost concerns are virtually nothing. The whole point of an internship is for you to get experience while someone more experience closely supervises you. Most of the ways that an intern gets experience is by making mistakes. The real goal of the internship should be ...


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The difference between you and someone less capable is the gut-feel that something was wrong. This gut feel is borne by experience, and forged by previous mistakes. The concern needs to shift from blame, onto how this situation can be avoided in the future. The best person to identify the process defect that allowed this issue to pass testing and review by ...


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