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Should I inform the candidate about this situation? Perhaps before the interview, to manage expectations? Yes. You'll find the best employees if they join your company knowing what's ahead. They will decide if this is the kind of company they want to work for - with all the unknowns that entails. The worst case would be to hire someone who doesn't know ...


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Yes, I think it will in best interest for the company, candidate and yourself if the candidate knows the truth about current state of the company before joining as he is risking a lot by leaving other options. Sooner or later the candidate might find it from you or others and when they do it might be worse than him not joining initially. But this shouldn't ...


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Sabbaticals are usually granted based on seniority and length of tenure. Companies have an interest in having lower level positions with relatively shorter term employees constantly filled instead of having a dubious 6 month absence whereas for more senior positions, granting such absences is worth retaining the employee since their domain knowledge is ...


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In my experience, companies pay what they want to pay for a junior position. You may claim experience, but realistically, you're trying to get your first position in the field. There just isn't room for a lot of negotiation. Having said that, try to let them make the first move. THey ask what you want, ask them what it pays. Don't offer up first ...


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I was thinking to put in my CV my StackOverflow account, [...] Good idea. [...] including how many reputation points I have Not so good. Add the point that you have a profile at stackoverflow, and a regular there. Leave it at that. If your recruiter finds it interesting, they'll look up for you in SO. In other words, you can add it, it does no harm, ...


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What should be an appropriate way for her to proceed? Accept that HR has denied her request and move on. Attempting to fight the company's decision or complain about it whether through legal or non-legal means is not likely to end well for your coworker. If she values her job, she will leave it be or start looking for a new company to work for that has a ...


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Your friend should: Document the cases she knows of people who have had extended unpaid leave and what she knows of the circumstances around it. Having details written down helps make sure she is able to adequately make her case. Consult a lawyer with knowledge of the local laws and whether or not the company is legally required to handle her request ...


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I'm always in favor of transparency and honesty. Tell him the truth, and let him make an informed decision to take the risk or not. If he doesn't, you've lost nothing. If he does, you've gained a motivated employee who understands the situation. Now take it the other way. If you don't tell him, and he finds out- he may quit immediately, which means you'...


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Put it on. Name and Rep Score One thing that comes up a lot in recruiting is "what is your passion/hobby", if you have a 4+ digit rep on a technology site that counts. It also lets me look up technical answers you've submitted. In theory this goes a long way towards letting me judge whether or not you're technically competent. To be clear, this is a ...


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It's mixed bag. On one side, it makes you look knowledgeable and helpful. On the other it might hint at you avoiding productivity by going on SO.


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One thing to consider, is the workload planned for the period your co-worker has requested to be granted time off. If the work load is of such a nature that they would be unable to cope without her and the company doesn't approve of remote work, it would imply that they would need to hire a temporary replacement to cover for her for this period. This will ...


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In my opinion, instead of linking specifically to your SO account, create an SO Jobs account. It's like a tech-based CV website, like LinkedIn, but pretty much only tech-related. On the SO Jobs site you create the links to your SO profile and any other tech-related stuff you got (e.g. StackExchange, Github, Bitbucket, etc etc etc). This gives you a ...


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