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How much can I judge a company based on a phone screening?

I've done a lot of interviews in the relatively short time (around 7 years) in the industry. One thing I learnt is that if you sense something not quite right, trust your instinct and don't progress ...
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Why would a HR still ask when I can start work though I have already stated in my resume?

I wouldn't see it as a red flag. They might have missed it in the resume, people don't spend a long time reviewing these and could have looked more into the skills/experience section, depends on how ...
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How much can I judge a company based on a phone screening?

During phone screens, and the entire interview process, both candidate and company are trying to show themselves in a positive light. If the manager says "40-45. There probably are some people ...
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Why would a HR still ask when I can start work though I have already stated in my resume?

Why would they ask? If you stated you can work May to August, and they need someone to start mid April, it is obvious that they would ask you if you could possibly start two weeks earlier. It is the ...
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New job to begin Monday has been rescinded due to 'incorrect employment dates' - this is my response, what do you think?

This is a terrible letter to send. Don't do it. It reads as deeply emotional, overdramatic, crying out for sympathy, while downplaying your own fault in vague terms. If I got a letter like that ...
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How much can I judge a company based on a phone screening?

An interview is a chance for the interviewer and interviewee to find out if the applicant is suitable for the job and if the job is suitable for the applicant. If you had failed to answer technical ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for compensation for completing very long pre-interview programming assignments?

Is it reasonable to ask for compensation for my time in solving the above? Your compensation is your entrance to the interview process. Asking for anything more than that is unreasonable - unless ...
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Why do potential employers require a residence (street address) on applications?

I need a mailing address so that if you leave the company I can mail you various forms I have a legal obligation to give you. These include tax forms and something called a Record of Employment that ...
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How much can I judge a company based on a phone screening?

I completely agree with a lot of the good advice here, but I wanted to add to the answers here since I found myself in this exact situation recently. Similarly, the VP of Engineering at a company I ...
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Hiding current low academia salary from potential employer

Is it professional or too risky to mention about my situation that I am from academia and I am mentioning my expected salary based on my experience/education in combination with market trends? Give ...
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New job to begin Monday has been rescinded due to 'incorrect employment dates' - this is my response, what do you think?

You should absolutely NOT send the letter you proposed. Outside of the fact it has numerous grammatical and formatting mistakes. It is absolutely not appropriate to send at this point. The decision ...
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My former employer doesn't count training as part of my time with the company..?

I was with my previous employer for one year and within that one year they have a four month training period. [...] I was paid for those four months. Then you were employed (and had presumably signed ...
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Why would a HR still ask when I can start work though I have already stated in my resume?

HR Doesn't know the specifics of your own situation. While they may be interested in you as a candidate from the details of your resume and your interview, it's possible that you have forgotten that ...
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Lied on my resume about some dates and don't know how to fix it

Is there any possibility this won't end in termination? All you can do is tell the truth to all parties involved ( your boss and the third party if you are in communication with them ) and hope for ...
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Rejection based on failing edge cases in take home assignment

To be honest after working passionately for 4 days for the assignment... If you are, say as an employer sending candidates take home projects that last about 2-4 days would judging their results based ...
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Why would a HR still ask when I can start work though I have already stated in my resume?

Anecdotally, I have had two jobs where I provided a very clear start date and subsequently had HR ask if I could start earlier. On one occasion my new boss would be on vacation for my first 2 weeks ...
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How much can I judge a company based on a phone screening?

Simply remember that, as we like to stress around here, interviews go both ways. Then read Joel Spolsky's – co-founder and CEO of stackoverflow – article The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing and invert ...
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Potential US employers require social security number as part of application; what am I not seeing?

Employment is one of the few legitimate uses for the SSN; they need it to file taxes and such on your behalf. But before you're hired... I agree, that would bother me too. It's entirely legal fot ...
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any evidence that correlates bad credit history with poor job performance?

In some US states, it is legal to require a credit history check as a condition of employment. I think you are making a bad assumption, specifically that the US government thinks its an indicator of "...
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My former employer doesn't count training as part of my time with the company..?

This may come up during employment verification, what should I say/expect? I don't think it will come up. But if it does, just be completely honest You were employed at the company for a year That ...
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Lied on my resume about some dates and don't know how to fix it

The main problem to address here is that you lied intentionally. The 6 months are probably not a big deal, but lying is. So you need to come clean and fess up. You need to write down and review and ...
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Difference in job title, Background check

Just leave it alone. Both titles say moreorless the same thing. A reasonable potential employer will think the same
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Lied on my resume about some dates and don't know how to fix it

So you took what was a minor issue (a 6 month gap) and turned it into a much more serious issue, namely your trustworthiness. Come clean, accept whatever consequences come from it, learn from it, and ...
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Hiding current low academia salary from potential employer

What sf02 said, with one difference: Tell them your current salary, tell them that academia pays peanuts, and tell them very confidently a salary range that you are looking for. If this is done ...
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Would I know if my answer to question why I leave my last company acceptable?

Yes. You can tell HR the truth, and the truth will satisfy HR, your manager, and the company. I don't see how else the answer to HR could be. Unfortunately, business need shifts or changes the ...
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How shall I communicate with my ex-collegue (and now manager), before joining back a company

I have financially gone very weak and badly looking for job. Shall I indicate it to John? No. Why would you? It's completely irrelevant. You're looking for a job because you need to earn a living. ...
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Pre-employment physical examination for US software engineers

I recently (Early April 2018) began working at a new place of employment as a Controls Engineer. The employment offer also stipulated a physical exam and a drug screen (the drug screen being very ...
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Pre-employment physical examination for US software engineers

A quick search brings this relevant passage from HR.com Why should I do pre-placement exams? Most employers consider pre-placement exams a type of insurance. The vast majority of people sent for ...
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Potential US employers require social security number as part of application; what am I not seeing?

Read the waivers those companies make your son agree to. If it's for a credit report, which will depend on these rules in California, they will tell him if it's for that purpose so that they can ...
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Asking to reschedule an interview because of spontaneous plan to go on vacation on that day

Yes, of course, if you have committed to something and then back out, it will not only look unprofessional, it will be unprofessional. That's common sense. In my industry (software engineering) even ...
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