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Is it common to require a candidate to take an automatically-graded online coding test if they have lots of demonstrable material online?
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What's fair or not is going to depend on everybody's definition of fair and ultimately it doesn't matter. That company has a process, and it sounds like they make everybody go through that process ...

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How to ask to work from home without mentioning an awkward health condition?
12 votes

You have a couple of options here. The first option is talk to your manager, mention that you have a health issue that you would like to keep private and that you need to work from home because of ...

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Is Fantasy Imagery NSFW?
11 votes

In general no. Most people (at least in my experience) wouldn't consider such imagery inappropriate or NSFW unless it was overtly violent, sexual or contained obvious depictions of things such as drug ...

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What to do about an intern constantly disturbing work-flow and bothering?
10 votes

As others have pointed out, this is a young intern who doesn't know what kind of behavior is acceptable in the work place. He does this stuff because he's been allowed to get away with it. If somebody ...

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What is the professional way of dealing with "starve the beast" approach?
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10 votes

Document everything espescially the contradictory orders. Any time you get an order make sure you get it in some form of writting. Make sure it's clear when you got the order and who it came from. ...

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How to deal with a weeping co-worker
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8 votes

Yes, I would tell the boss. This is a delicate situation and if you're not careful you could make things worse. Don't try to address this yourself unless you're really close to your coworker. Even ...

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What to do when the developer whose code I review becomes defensive?
8 votes

I've been on both sides of this equation and while it's hard to say exactly what's happening with out knowing the people involved or how they see things, it does sound like you need to be little bit ...

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How can cultural adaptability be evaluated when hiring an employee from another country?
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When testing for culture fit among candidates (and not just foreign ones) I have noticed that a lot of companies will take a less formal and more of a conversational approach to one of the interviews ...

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How can we handle work-from-home requests from trainees/freshers in this coronavirus pandemic?
7 votes

It depends. Are the trainees able to do their training from home? Do they have the tools they need? Can that still get whatever help or instruction they'd be getting from more experienced workers if ...

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Rejected Candidate showing up to the office
7 votes

Provide feedback if you feel comfortable doing so. If you don't simply say you can't divulge that information or give them some sort of canned answer like "we felt other candidates were better suited ...

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Dealing with recruiters who clearly didn't look at my resume
6 votes

Ignore it. If you get too many emails from a given recruiter about irrelevant positions then mark them as spam. Most recruiters are just quasi-sentient spam bots anyways. You only need to worry about ...

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How do people with ADD manage in the tech industry
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I have ADD, ADHD, and it's been suggested that I may be somewhere on the Asperger's spectrum though I haven't received an official diagnosis for that. I also happen to work in the tech industry. I've ...

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My manager is leaving and I'm taking over his role, how should the handover work?
5 votes

Talk to the boss of the manager you're replacing about the hand off. Ask them how they think it should be handled since they are likely the ones in charge of how it should be handled. If necessary get ...

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Is it ethical to leave right on time to catch a bus?
5 votes

It really depends on company culture. Some companies are pretty lax about the hours you work as long as everybody is happy with your performance while others are strict about you arriving or leaving ...

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Former Employer just sent me an IP Agreement
4 votes

Unless you're still working with them in some capacity don't sign it, they can't legally force you to sign, they have no leverage over you to make you sign it and if you do sign it you could be ...

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How can I improve at telephone interviews?
4 votes

I worked at a call center while getting my college degree and I've found a lot of advice that I got while working there applies to phone interviews. Tone of voice is important. Make sure you sound ...

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How can I find smart people?
3 votes

First you need to be more specific as to what you're looking for. "Smart" and "hardworking" are vague terms that mean different things to different people. You need to narrow it ...

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If I'm "not required" to submit a cover letter, does that mean it's optional or discouraged?
3 votes

It's optional in the sense that you won't be immediately disqualified if you don't include one. You will however be at a competitive disadvantage when compared to the other candidates who did submit ...

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Employer Delays/Refusing to Give Paycheck
3 votes

You're friend needs to gather any documentation regarding payment policies and employment contracts she has and talk to a lawyer ASAP. What the employer is doing is highly unethical and probably ...

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How to ask senior/mid level developers for guidance (if you're a junior)?
3 votes

First always be polite. I know this goes without saying I just thought I'd reiterate a bit. Something as simple as asking if they have time to speak with you before asking your question or thanking ...

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If you are applying for a software engineering internship, will an employer look at your Github account?
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It depends entirely on the employer. I've had some flat out ask me in the initial contact email if I had a github account and what was it and I've had others who weren't even aware that I knew how to ...

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Is it appropriate to do a follow-up email when not applying for a specific position?
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Unless you've heard back from them in some form or another probably not. If they were interested in hiring you they would have said something. Most likely they put your resume on file incase something ...

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Why do my co-workers resent someone who is taking a lot of sick leave?
2 votes

Depends on a lot of factors, many of which are going to be specific to your company and your culture. Are your coworkers aware of the man's situation? If not maybe they think he's lazy. Are the ...

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My work is being pawned off to my colleague. Is it reasonable to apologize to my colleague?
2 votes

You don't need to apologize. Mangers move people around between tasks and projects all the time depending on priorities, skills, schedules and other things they need to consider. It's part of the job. ...

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Termiated after corporate takeover without severence
2 votes

You need to talk to a lawyer ASAP. Your rights and what sort of compensation you are owed will vary depending on your location, industry, and all sorts of other factors. Only a lawyer with knowledge ...

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Answering The Question: How Many People Work Here?
2 votes

Just be honest with the candidate. There is a night and day difference between working for a large, fortune 5 company and a small start up. Any experienced candidate will likely know this and have ...

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New job gone bad - how to move forward?
1 votes

I know the conventional wisdom is to be honest, show that it's a learning experience and be as positive as possible. And in an interview I'm sure I can do that, but I have to get past the awkward ...

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Coworker keeps threatening to tattle on me for "time theft"
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I'm assuming you've already spoken to your coworker about why he's acting that way and tried to resolve the situation without escalating it up to your manager. Assuming that I would get ahead of this ...

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ADHD and desk location are affecting my work/family life, how do I ask to move desks?
1 votes

Do you have a good relationship with your supervisor? Is she somebody you could trust with a sensitive, personal but still work related issue? Then I advise you to follow the advise Taffy gave you in ...

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Can I demand the same benefits/payment as my colleagues who are in the same position but have better degrees?
1 votes

I'd bring it up with management or HR, depending on how the structure of your company works. Schedule a meeting, state your case and why you deserve a raise. They may listen to you. If not and instead ...

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