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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 it would be improper for me to speculate on them. You've heard your friend's side of the story, and you were given the company's official side of the story. ...


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I have asked "could you show me some of your best and worst code?" the last two times I went job hunting, usually at the end where people ask "do you have any questions for us?" Thus far, this has universally been received as positive. Not all companies may be willing/able to do this though. Much depends on company culture, size, industry, etc. The reason I ...


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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 little more, you're really leaving because you want to take on new challenges and stretch yourself & your skills in a new environment. This is actually a ...


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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 his mood, so maybe it is better if you write to him as soon as you can.


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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 found someone a bit more outstanding. You might be a good fit, but they found someone who they feel is a better fit. It happens. Don't take it personally. ...


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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 rather than the university/college? Plus why would they check your grades or gpa? I never heard of that before. Typically the background process will check the ...


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Don't do it! This is a recruiter looking to get you to provide managerial references. You'll never hear from that person again, and they'll be plugging your references for new business. Old scam.


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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 away whilst on extended leave overseas. Goes a long way to being the right way to describe this. You were wrapped up in a project and yes you messed up but no ...


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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 at anything, it's just a career move.


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The short term solution is "references available on request" on the resume. Never let people just randomly contact your references with your knowledge and without your ability to provide context. The effort to contact a candidate, ask for their reference info, then contact 3 or 4 references and ask sensible questions and take notes can easily exceed an hour ...


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This is one of the most common mistakes I see job-seekers make. You should absolutely not give blind references. I've been on both sides of that call (the reference and the reference checker) and it is usually ugly and not helping the candidate one bit. You should call all your references each time you give them as a contact for a potential employer for a ...


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I don't know much about him professionally as I am not working with him. Hence my question is Is it good idea to refer him to current job openings those suits to his profile? No, it's not a good idea. You cannot really serve as a professional reference, since you haven't worked with him. You cannot serve as a positive personal reference, since you had ...


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Do I have to put “References available upon Request” on my Resume? In my years of experience as a US-based hiring manager, I always expect people to have references available when I ask for them. I don't need to see the references themselves on the resume. I don't need to see a phrase "References available upon request" on the resume. It's perfectly safe ...


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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 sensitivity of some data" is both more accurate and less severe. Don't say "I was escorted out by armed guards" where you can say "My manager was disappointed ...


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So give them the two references you have and explain the situation. If your new employer is reasonable, they'll make do. If your new employer is not reasonable, do you really want to work for them?


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I would list the position on my resume as free lance work. I would not mention anything about your friend passing away. When interviewers ask about the position if you can talk confidently about the work your did then they will be less likely to question the experience. I have worked primarily on Intranet applications that are not available for the public ...


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Yes it is normal practice for meeting a creep. At worst they might ask for pictures and if you like leather or being tied up. At best they are a fishy company with little funding and pay. In the middle they might just be skimming for contacts. Verdict: Don't. Ignore future contact unless you just feel like messing with them with fake info. (you can ...


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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 away. I have also run into the situation where they want me to fill out a "application" before I leave, even though they have my resume, and I have completed forms ...


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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 interview. This is in the interest of the candiate as well as the employer, as it reduces the amount of time wasted by all parties. If your prospective employer ...


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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. But the reason they're looking for another position is something the company should be asking the potential employee, not their reference. You can just let the ...


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You can add these people. In fact, you can add anyone you like as a reference, doesn't even need to be in the same field. I've been a reference for a friend who wanted an IT-job, even though we've only worked together as volunteers on something completely unrelated. The key points to keep in mind when selecting a reference are: (does this person want to be ...


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When I apply and go to an interview I make it explicitly clear that I do not want the prospective employer to contact my present one. If I encounter this on an application form, I simply strike it out and make a note to let the recruiter know. Example: "I'm excited about this new potential opportunity, but at this point I'm not comfortable with you ...


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My situation is this: I'm beginning my own job-search process, and I probably won't have much time to build a relationship with this new manager. In my last 1:1 with my current manager, is it appropriate to ask him about potentially providing me with a reference in the future? Yes, it's completely appropriate. I've done the same when I had a ...


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There are some already good answers here, but to add my own thought. Has it occurred to you that their assessment of you is your opportunity to assess them? Let me give you two different examples all based off real experiences I've had: I spent 15+ hours working at home on a programming assignment for a company, their response came back via a recruiter but ...


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I obviously cannot know if this is really the full explanation but references really are quite different in Germany so that your manager might not even quite understand what you are expecting of him. To give you an idea, in Germany, it's customary when leaving a job to receive a “certificate” (Zeugnis) detailing your duties and performance over the whole ...


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When I've been on the hiring end, I ignore "references furnished upon request" as it is unnecessary. If references are needed, I would ask the candidate to provide the list of references, whether they mentioned "available on request" or not. If references are not needed, then there is no need to mention them at all. I would never include the contact ...


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I concur with the answer posted by Joe Strazzere, but I would like to also add a couple of observations. There is such a thing as being overqualified for a position, and this may possibly have occurred here. You said it yourself when you stated: " I have more skills than what the position wanted!" There is also another option, which falls less on your ...


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