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How to respond to "You should have skipped college" in an interview?

What could I have said to keep the interview going? Anything you would have said would have been a waste of your time at this point. Shrug it off and keep looking; you can't win them all. The manager ...
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Can I avoid informal personal interactions at companies that offer free lunch?

What you're defining as a "professional standard" is at best very outdated in the modern world. Sure, there are bounds to any professional relationship but that doesn't have to mean you have ...
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How to avoid previous employer who is nagging me to do their job?

I tried ghosting them, told them I signed several contracts that forbid me from assisting any other business, but in vain. They are reluctantly sending me lists of tasks as if I'm still on their ...
192 votes

My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?

That's totally normal and appropriate and shouldn't freak you out. Good managers frequently have weekly one-on-one's with all their direct reports. It's a way of ensuring that you have time with the ...
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I got fired on my last day; is that possible?

I wanna know that what could I say to prove that he couldn’t fire me on my last day cause I already gave him my 2-week notice As you are an at-will you can be fired pretty much for any reason, and ...
161 votes

How to respond to "You should have skipped college" in an interview?

This manager didn't want to hire you. We have no idea why that would be the case, but there is no reason to believe that it must be because your education. I would assume that this interviewer was ...
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Boss is suggesting I learn the codebase in my free time

I feel that the conditions for me to develop are bad, I love programming but honestly, I'm getting yelled all the time, I didn't get no initial support and salary is way too low, so I don't really ...
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I think an employer believes I am much more skilled than I actually am. Should I let them know in advance, before accepting the job offer?

Short answer: No. To start with, you are assuming the employer thinks you are more competent than you actually are. They have, however, tested you and know exactly on what ground you stand. Never try ...
142 votes

Mistake in years of experience in resume?

First of all, never count future dates as part of your experience, that's a lie. You never gained the experiences from the future dates, on the date you are claiming to have the experience. You are ...
132 votes

Should money be paid as a motivation to testers and developers for detecting and producing bugs?

It seems like a dreadful idea. Here's a few things that will happen, in addition to your developers and testers starting to hate each other and yourself for introducing this: Everyone will focus on ...
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More junior teammates don’t understand my work...and that’s my fault?

I did a series of talks on what makes code simple and readable. There is no absolute answer. Much depends on the vocabulary the reader brings. Take for example: bool retval; if (x > 0) { retval =...
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Mistake in years of experience in resume?

It's very easy to explain indeed: it's just a rounded up number. Nobody's asking you how many days, hours, and minutes you worked. For all intents and purposes 3 years 10 months is the same as 4 ...
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Is this ordinary workplace experiences for a job in Software Engineering?

No, this isn't typical in any workplace. You have a successful website that you built - $6,000 per year in ad revenue is nice. That, plus your bug fixing ability, and the new software you're ...
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Should money be paid as a motivation to testers and developers for detecting and producing bugs?

I read an idea for increasing productivity in a company. It went like this: Have a certain fund, that will be a bonus. Say $100,000. For each tangible bug found, the testers get paid $5 - $15. ...
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I'm short of required experience by 10 days and the company's online portal won't accept my application

Most decent companies use a “band” when looking at experience, they ask for 5 years and may accept 3 with other factors. Put 36 months and explain at interview if you get one. Any good HR will be able ...
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Staffing companies ask to put fake experience: Ethical or Unethical

You pretty much answer your own question: However, as a candidate perspective, I feel it's unethical to put something on table as my experience which I never had. This is true and you should stick ...
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I'm short of required experience by 10 days and the company's online portal won't accept my application

Lie to the computer - but tell the truth to a human if you get an interview I rarely say this. But in this case, you have what a human would regard as 3 years of experience. A human will understand. A ...
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I think an employer believes I am much more skilled than I actually am. Should I let them know in advance, before accepting the job offer?

Many, many years ago I got my first real technical job, and it emerged soon after I was hired that they'd mistaken me for a DOS expert (whereas in reality, I'd almost never used a PC before, having ...
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Can't remember much from previous working experiences

I think your experience is fairly common - I'm sure I'm not alone in having searched for an issue and found my OWN answer to it on Stack Exchange. I've got nearly 20 years in the industry now and ...
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My contract is ending. Is it acceptable to just leave without any talk with the employer?

Since you are under contract, you should review your contract to make sure there are no clauses related its expiration that might require certain actions from you. (I am not a lawyer, so if you have ...
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Why did my abusive boss insist that I take an unpaid leave of absence when I tried to resign?

Why does it even matter? If what he asks doesn't help you, then ignore it. You're not quitting for it to be a benefit to him. You're quitting to benefit yourself. Strictly speaking, if you haven't ...
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Asking logistics questions during an Interview?

No, it is not unreasonable to state your compensation requirements early in the interview process. It saves both you and the interviewers from wasting time by talking about a job you wouldn't have ...
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What is "3 years commercial Python"?

So what does "3 years commercial" exactly mean? Typically, it means you have worked in that role professionally for 3 years, for a company that is trying to sell a product and make money. That ...
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Is this ordinary workplace experiences for a job in Software Engineering?

This is not an average software development job, and you're right on the mark in guessing in what ways it differs. A typical such job will generally: Pay far more. Be well organized with a clear ...
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How to avoid previous employer who is nagging me to do their job?

How do I get rid of these people without being super rude? I have a question for you. How do you get rid of pushy telemarketers and spammers without being super rude? You politely decline their ...
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How exactly experience level is determined in Software Industry?

on what basis does this level gets calculated, obviously years but how exactly? I'm going to challenge your assertion here - "years of experience" is in many cases a terrible measure of a developer. ...
81 votes

Omitted current job as forgot to send updated CV and got job offer

This is a non-issue. Your current company hasn’t changed, only your position/role/title.
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Should I omit very early programming experience and/or a job that required clearance?

This is going to be an unusual situation. Most employers will take "My work at my last job was confidential so I can't discuss many aspects of it" at face value so long as they have confirmed with HR ...
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Should I list an employer that fired me after two weeks?

No. It's barely 'experience'. It wouldn't help you in any way shape or form and would only subtract. "I see you have only two weeks lasted in this last one..." "Oh boy, I sure dodged ...
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