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Why is working on the same position for more than 15 years not a red flag?

How about you wait for the interview before you judge that person... Not everyone is interested in climbing the corporate ladder Maybe there was no other position suited for them at the company At ...
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How to avoid being sexist when trying to employ someone to function in a very sexist environment?

Due to legal implications I would not let this factor into a hiring decision at all. I would, however, make sure that she knows that this should be a consideration in her accepting or declining. By ...
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What do I do if a job that was (mis-)sold to me as work-from-home, later changed, on day one, to working on-site, everyday?

You tell them the truth - that had they been honest about being required to be on-site you would have quoted them a different rate and you need to renegotiate the contract if you are to proceed. Don't ...
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I prepared my CV in LaTeX and exported it to PDF. How to deal with a recruiter who insists on CV in Word format?

How to deal with them? You either give them what they have asked for, or you don't work with them.
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I prepared my CV in LaTeX and exported it to PDF. How to deal with a recruiter who insists on CV in Word format?

Welcome to the real world. Sometimes you have to work with other people - while you may prefer to keep your CV in LaTeX or whatever else, that's not how the industry works. They want Word and the vast ...
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How do I tell recruiters I don't want to go forward until they answer my question, but without being rude?

Bear in mind the recruiter is being rather rude by wasting your time, certainly more rude than a simple rejection saying you're only interested in moving in order to work on a specific technology ...
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Why is working on the same position for more than 15 years not a red flag?

Why is this OK and not a red flag? So you seek someone who will do Software-engineering for you. The candidate you have at hand has a lot of experience in that area. He has achieved the highest rank ...
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How to negotiate salary with an extremely unprofessional in-house recruiter?

Most likely the hiring manager told HR to bring you on board and considered the matter closed. The HR rep then got your information and approached the situation using his standard approach, which is ...
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Engineer asks for a title change and raise with a change of responsibilities

What could be the possible solutions here? The only solution is to provide the correct title and compensation based on the work required for the role. Whatever title and compensation you are offering ...
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Is it appropriate for a recruiter to tell me I need to be able to take calls during the day?

Was it unreasonable for me to ask for that? Not at all. If you can't take phone calls during the day, for whatever reason, so be it. Is his response out of line? A little, by insinuating you aren'...
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How do we recruit junior software developers in an age where everybody studies for the interview?

Provide the candidate with a genuine programming test in the interview - a laptop hooked up to a projector with a broken project, with a mixture of basic to complex bugs, and ask them to add some ...
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How to deal with a candidate that cheated at the initial test?

You're making assumptions here, we have no guarantee that the candidate did cheat, just a very large suspicion that they did. Rather than confronting them, since you already have an interview with ...
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I prepared my CV in LaTeX and exported it to PDF. How to deal with a recruiter who insists on CV in Word format?

I'm in the same situation - my CV is in LaTeX and I produce a PDF file for my CV. When recruiters ask for a Word file, I tell them that I cannot do that, because I don't own a copy of Word, or a ...
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Is being tested by a "customer" a common or appropriate recruitment technique?

People who play games with others will play games with you This woman seems like she is looking for someone relatively subservient who is not going to challenge her. She might call that disciplined, ...
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Is it discriminatory to put "bonus" video game skills in a job advertisement?

Is this discriminatory? No, probably not. Is it inappropriate to put in a job ad? Yes, most definitely. First, I'm going to assume that your colleague just wants to include the "bonus" section for ...
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Is it ethical to back out of final interview round?

An interview is a two way process, and just because someone is offered an interview, they are not obligated to take it. At the point either side decides that this is not going to work out: the hiring ...
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Accidentally didn't really side-step a recruiter

If I'm summing it up right, the recruiter never communicated whether or not she actually did send your CV, never got back to you with any updates and basically just went silent for over a month. Then, ...
Erik's user avatar
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Recruiter demanding I sign dodgy paperwork after joining job

First, do not sign anything. You should have signed any relevant paperwork before the recruiter got you the job...why would they have more for you now that the job is secured? Second, do not sign ...
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How to attract people to work on very old and outdated technologies?

If you advertise looking for someone with COBOL experience, tough luck. So who could do this job? Someone less than ten years from retirement, who can afford to switch to a dead end technology, and ...
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How to delay hiring a candidate for 1-2 months?

How about just talking to him? Many candidates will actually appreciate a later start date. That makes winding down things at your current gig easier. And if you are not strapped for cash, you can ...
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Should I remark on errors when interviewing a potential employee?

Point out the mistake. Stating that you think the candidate has made a mistake opens up dialogue to gain insight into the candidate's reasoning. Maybe you expressed your question poorly. Maybe he was ...
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Does diversity provide anything that meritocracy does not?

Here's a Harvard Business Review study on why diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams. Diverse teams are more innovative and focus on facts better than homogeneous teams. However, it's not as ...
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Recruiter wants very extensive technical details about all of my previous work

No, this is an unacceptable level of detail. No experienced (and self-respecting) developer would put up with this. And to be honest, no real recruiter would want this level of detail. It is just too ...
Gregory Currie's user avatar
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Is it rude to tell recruiters I would only change jobs for a better salary?

No, it's not rude. If that's what the situation is with you, be polite but clear. Thanks for reaching out At this stage I would only be looking at offers at a total compensation of over $X (...
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Why is working on the same position for more than 15 years not a red flag?

I will answer this from the perspective of personal experience. I've been in the same position for 12 years now. Here's why: When I started, my wife gave birth to twin boys. The economics of ...
Chris Cudmore's user avatar
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In an interview, is it self-defeating to say you use Stack Overflow to find errors in code?

What they are looking for is that you have a reasonably systematic approach to locating and solving a problem, over and above simply staring at the code, and a range of techniques and resources that ...
Fiora the Ferret's user avatar
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Recruiter is asking for sample code

One of the thresholds for stopping with a recruiter is are they honest, can they be trusted? Ask the recruiter if they understand/know what is wrong with providing code from your current employer (...
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How to attract people to work on very old and outdated technologies?

20% Time + Open Source You've probably heard about Google's 20% Time policy. In essence, any employee can ask to use up to 20% of their time on pet projects. I suggest that you implement something ...
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Does diversity provide anything that meritocracy does not?

I work in a big IT company (100.000+ employee). Here is what I was told from an HR representative when I was promoted as a manager: We need to hire smart and talented people. Smart and talented ...
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Dealing with recruiters who clearly didn't look at my resume

Ignore them... These emails aren't actually being sent out by humans, but automated systems that crunch your resume looking for keywords. The recruiters don't expect to hear back from you unless you ...
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