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What should I say when a company asks you why someone (a friend) who was fired left?

There is no good answer you can give to this question, so IMHO the best answer is to not answer. I do not know the exact circumstances under which <friend> and <company> parted ways, so ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a potential employer for samples of their code and/or employee contact information, to determine if I want to work there?

I have asked "could you walk me through some of your best and worst code for a few minutes?" the last two times I went job hunting, usually at the end where people ask "do you have any questions for ...
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Would it give a bad impression if I left my job because my past projects "keep following me"?

It depends on how you answer the question "Why are you leaving your current job?". If you state it as you have in your question, it might not give a great impression. However, if you boil it down a ...
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Former coworker I gave a reference for sabotaged the company on his last day - Should I update the reference contact with this new information?

Be careful what you do. Bad references can land you or your company in court, which will cost you money. What you can do is call the new employer and tell them that you wish to retract the reference ...
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Should I tell my prospective employer that I drafted my own reference letter?

How do I deal with this scenario in an interview? As you probably know, German reference letters are a highly coded thing. While it looks like proper German sentences, it is actually code, wrapped ...
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Can I be fired the same day that I hand in my notice?

You (ex) boss doesn't sound like the easiest person to work for, however being honest you don't sound like the easiest person to employ either. uses the profits from the business to go on expensive ...
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How long to wait to express gratitude to ex manager after they are unexpectedly fired?

How long is it appropriate to wait before sending him a message on LinkedIn? Whenever you feel like it. As you said, he probably left and burned some bridges; your thank you message will surely lift ...
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Does referring a poor candidate look bad on me?

Here the advice my manager gave me once about referring people to your own company. Don't refer anyone that you wouldn't want working along side of you on your team. This is really sound advice....
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Help me understand why I did not get an offer?

we have decided to move forward with another candidate whose skills we feel more closely match the department’s needs at this time. They found a better candidate. You might be outstanding, but they ...
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Inflated grade on resume at previous job, might former employer tell new employer?

I know they are going to confirm degree with previous employer as I am a recent graduate, and they will know that I lied. Why would they do that? I'm uncertain why they would call your employer ...
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Fired for gross misconduct because I sent confidential information to personal mailbox - how do I get another job?

It's all about wording I think your comment: The information was work i was working on at the moment and I emailed it as I needed to do work on my personal laptop ; I couldn't take my work station ...
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Can I be fired the same day that I hand in my notice?

To address the main question: can you be fired immediately in response to giving notice? No. You have certain rights when you are dismissed. An employer can give you what is often called a counter-...
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Would it give a bad impression if I left my job because my past projects "keep following me"?

would I leave a bad Impression if I leave my job for this reason. There is absolutely no reason to give this as your reason for leaving. Find another job, resign, say goodbye without pointing fingers ...
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Company banned references, senior engineer subverting ban; should I go along with free "workaround"?

I've worked for exactly ONE company who had this approach. There was even a proviso that we couldn't give references even after our employment was over. I got calls. I handled it as such: "...
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Former coworker I gave a reference for sabotaged the company on his last day - Should I update the reference contact with this new information?

Should I update the reference contact with this new information? Unless you believe that being a reference for someone indefinitely ties you to their actions, then there is nothing for you to do. You ...
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Fired for gross misconduct because I sent confidential information to personal mailbox - how do I get another job?

There are many ways to say thing like this without lying. never actually say the words Gross Misconduct. They sound far more serious than what happened. "I made a dumb mistake and misjudged the ...
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Former coworker I gave a reference for sabotaged the company on his last day - Should I update the reference contact with this new information?

It is your reputation too. This guy used your reputation and good name to help get a job. I see no downsides to reaching out to the hiring company and giving an update and only potential reputational ...
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Should I remove a reference after applying to job?

When you go in, provide an updated list of references. “Here’s my updated list of references!” Done. Of course if you can get a new one to add all the better.
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Does referring a poor candidate look bad on me?

Does referring a poor candidate look bad on me? Not if you do it correctly. A "referral" is simply making a connection between a hiring manager and an interested candidate. If you make the ...
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A co-worker was let go for misrepresenting his experience. Should I alert his next company?

Disregard everything he says as a probable falsehood. Just say 'Good luck with that' and leave him to it. Unsure why you would let the same person fool you twice.
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How do I combat an industry-wide smear campaign?

Use your professional network. You worked in the industry for 20 years. You must know quite a few people, and it's likely some of them are in management now. Reach out to them. Meet up for coffee or ...
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What's an alternative way of saying "references available upon request"?

There is no alternative "phrase", the correct alternative is to drop it entirely. The popular advice to not put "references available upon request" in your resume does not have an issue with the ...
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Should I take a copy of my reference(s) to an interview?

It can't hurt to bring it a copy of your references or their contact information. Somebody might ask for it, and instead of saying I will get back to you, you will be able to give it to them right ...
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A co-worker was let go for misrepresenting his experience. Should I alert his next company?

TLDR: Don't do anything. It is not worth the pain. You are under no obligation to do anything Firsty, its likely the story Inexperienced Junior Developer (IJD) told about being lead developer in his ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a potential employer for samples of their code and/or employee contact information, to determine if I want to work there?

I am an employer of several developers. Screening Tests: We ask candidates to answer a 20-30 minute multiple choice test which attempts to screen candidates who would never succeed in a coding ...
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Can I be fired the same day that I hand in my notice?

Lying about being sick to avoid work is likely enough to get you fired, and then instead of attending the disciplinary review to give an explanation for your action you've given them notice to quit. ...
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Company banned references, senior engineer subverting ban; should I go along with free "workaround"?

Yes. Take him up on the offer. ASAP. The company may collapse tomorrow. You're already looking to get out, so take the help. I'd suggest silently not signing the new workplace agreement if at all ...
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What should I say when a company asks you why someone (a friend) who was fired left?

I wouldn't go into the reasons they left the position. As a reference you can vouch for their skills, or comment on their work ethic and professionalism, or mention their achievements or experience. ...
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Revengeful employer as a reference for a new job

Ask your new job for an alternate reference you can use. Explain that since you haven't announced your departure yet, you are unable to provide a reference from your current job. If you have some ...
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