acolyte
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What is the protocol when you are talking with your boss and his phone rings?
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It'll depend heavily on your boss and his personality. Most of the time, when I've encountered a situation such as this, my boss has, after a few minutes, waved me off, at which point I go back to my ...

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In an interview, is it required to have question(s) for the interviewer?
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If you have questions, then by all means ask them. However, if you do not, either because the interviewer touched on everything you actually would have asked, then it's perfectly acceptable to tell ...

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Is it appropriate to ask about a company's dress code during an interview?
20 votes

It will generally be acceptable to ask, especially at the end of an interview. It is one of those wrapping up" types of questions, the ones that you ask to learn the logistics of the position and non ...

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How do I ask my boss for learning material?
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You should basically go to your boss and ask them about it. Seriously, if you phrase your question in a similar manner to how you wrote this one, then you should be fine. Co-ops are supposed to be ...

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How should I [ethically] divide my billable time, when my work is mutually beneficial to multiple customers?
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Some customers want you to write your code, strictly for them. I can understand this, especially if your code is contractually owned and proprietary to your customer. However, this isn't always ...

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If you must report incriminating information about a 3rd party to HR, should you do so anonymously?
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Remember that you can always claim an anonymous tip after the fact, but you cannot remove your name from it once given. IT's safer to do things anonymously, and be willing to put your name on it ...

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How can a recent graduate get an international internship?
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I would suggest you look for a university in the US/UK that would accept you as an international student, working towards a Masters degree (not sure if that's comparable to wat you have or not.) Most ...

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How can I politely request a correction via email?
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Be polite, personable, and understanding. You've already stated you don't think that it was intentional, and that you weren't inconvenienced. A good example of what you could say might be: "Hello {...

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How to handle employer expecting someone to do work against their conscience?
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Alright, I'm going to preface this with a few disclaimers. 1) I am unsure of the individual conditions of this situation, thus my advice should be taken with a grain or two of salt. 2) I am unsure of ...

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Job transition dilemmas?
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Always wait until you've signed a contract, and have a scanned copy, a photocopied copy, and preferably the original document securely in your possession. But to be honest, it sounds like you're not ...

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Work hours per week put in by senior management
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Every individual is different. I have worked at companies where having the upper level management in more than twice a week was considered incredible, and also (same company) another senior level ...

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Why would people make interviewees and clients wait to meet with them, even if they're available right away?
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Imposing a wait is just one of a series of strategies used for guaging a potential hire's suitability. The most classic, of course, are off-topic/odd questions. But other strategies include ...

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What username to use for my own domain on a resume?
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contact@johndoe.com would be the best, I think. After all, you're not having them email your resume (unless you set up some sort of Daemon to automatically reply to any emails to that domain with a ...

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How long should I wait before sending a thank you email?
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Emails should generally be sent within a day or two. Exception being if your interview was on a friday, try to send one by EOD, or an hour or two after opening on monday. Lots of times, over the ...

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What should I expect when joining a company as a developer in terms of training?
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In a perfect world, you'll be walked through the application and the codebase, and given any supplementary materials you might need in order to maintain the system. Reality, however, is normally ...

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Is it normal for a direct-deposited paycheck to be late?
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If this is a one-time thing, don't worry about it. Stuff happens at times. If you don't want to give it a day or two to clear, go talk to either your company's HR department, or your accounting dept....

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Should you reply to every email that directs work to you (even if not your boss)?
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I would reply to it saying that youre currently working on something for :insert your manager's name here: and that if Bob wants you to work on this, he'll need to go through :insert your manager's ...

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How should reducing development costs metrics be listed on a resume?
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LOC is a lousy metric. After all, linebreaks normally count as LOC. Plenty of languages don't even require whitespace at all, yet reducing a 1200 line program to a single line might sound impressive,...

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Should the manager be CC'd when sending username and password to employee
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If you're asking this, then you're in IT. ask your boss what company policy is. That's the safest path. Otherwise, I'd be inclined to say no, do not give managers the credentials. However, ALWAYS ...

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How should I format a research agreement with my employeer?
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Ask your boss for advice. Either they'll write something up on company letterhead, or they'll give you some pointers to do it yourself. It's a perfectly valid request, both from your university to ...

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Should I go to an interview I don't intend to accept the job (if offered)?
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I see absolutely nothing wrong with the practice. Now, i think that it might be a little off to apply for an interview/accept one you had no plans on taking, but once you accept the interview, then ...

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How can I learn from Senior team member who has fear of being replaced?
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It sounds to me like your major problem is that you're not being flexible. So he enjoys his lunch times, and doesn't want to discuss work during these periods. Fine, that's the point of a lunch ...

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Should I err on the side of overdressing for my first day of work?
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Every job you take, you should do two of three things. 1) ALWAYS obtain the contact information of your soon-to-be manager if they weren't the ones to interview you. Send them a quick email a few ...

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Best approach to dealing with pranks
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Alright, here are two separate questions here. 1) How do you keep them from pranking you? 2) How do you keep them from disliking/shunning you because of item 1. I'll answer them both separately. 1): ...

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Does "one month's notice period" mean 30 or 31 days?
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One month is calendar date to calendar date. Submit resignation on the 6th of a month, your last day is the 6th of the next month (or the preceding Friday if the 6th is a weekend). Most companies ...

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Should I send a "thank you" email to a colleague in the same office?
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Say it in person. That's generally the best way to go about things like this. Or, if it's just the people in your section of the office in general, go out and pick up a dozen bagels from dunkin ...

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How can I "sell" myself better during the job interview?
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to specifically address programming type questions in interviews. Alot of people are able to talk their way through questions, field conversations, and generally keep things moving. What's much ...

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How could I explain a 2 year gap in obtaining a degree due to dropping out and then returning?
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Don't bring it up. But, if asked, explain. You'd be suprised to hear that saying essentially "For a short time, I was not sure what I wanted out of my life. I took a break from school, and thought ...

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Should I propose a big change as a newcomer?
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I would have suggested that this other department's manager take it up with your boss. If the head of another department wants your department to do something, it's not entirely appropriate to place ...

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How will management react if someone refuses a promotion?
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Find somewhere else to work. Everything about this situation is shady at best, and flat-out suspicious at worst. 1) Hireing HR from within the GB department is odd, especially considering how much ...

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