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What is the best course of action when an employee's significant other applies for the same job as him/her?
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TL;DR Being proactive is great. Solving the wrong problem---or worse yet, a phantom problem---is significantly less great. It's None of Your Business As a project manager, people's private lives ...

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How do I find a recruiter that's actually worth working with?
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Who Recruiters Work For In most cases, recruiters don't for for you. They work for the client companies that pay them, either on retainer (if they're in-house head-hunters) or on spec if they're ...

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Is getting the optimum solution to a coding question from the start a bad thing?
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Do interviewers generally think that anybody who gets the optimum solution from the start has most likely seen this question before? Possibly, but it doesn't really matter. The typical interview ...

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Taking notes during a daily stand up?
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TL;DR Except as a disability accomodation of some kind, don't take notes during the stand-up. If you feel the need for notes, there's likely an underlying process problem that needs to be addressed ...

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I was told to hide in another room from an auditor, is this acceptable?
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TL; DR Your post is not unbiased. In most cases, workplace issues are a mix of facts that are objectively verifiable, and interpersonal issues which are often subjective and generally favor the ...

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How can I avoid the risk of mistakenly deleting data from a production environment with no backups?
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Organizational Risk and Individual Due Diligence If I mistakenly deleted some valuable data, what am I supposed to do? I manually (using SQL scripts) move things in the database here and there. ...

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Is a 30-second pause after a salary offer a good tactic?
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Salary Negotiations Often Involve Brinksmanship You're misunderstanding the underlying advice of the link. The author is advocating a specific negotiation tactic, but the fundamental strategy is ...

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In the United States is racial, ethnic, or national preference an acceptable hiring practice for departments or companies in some situations?
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Discrimination is Illegal HR sends us lots of candidates, we just don't give serious consideration to any who are not Chinese. In the United States, affirmative action is legal, but this special ...

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How to approach my current employer with an offer from other company to get promotion/hike?
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Consider Other Options; Your Career is Your Responsibility [I]s it ethical to leave now since I said yes for staying at least 3 years? While managers and executives are human beings, companies (as ...

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Could Wearing My Star of David Be Bad for Career?
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TL; DR Bottom line, could wearing the star be offensive to others or slow my growth internally? You need to decide what your real objective is. If it's to quietly wear a symbol of your identity ...

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Why do interviewers ask if one has experience developing mission critical apps?
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TL;DR This is a gateway question. It is likely that the question is designed to filter out candidates who haven't worked on code where "failure is not an option," and to generate follow-on questions ...

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Client wants to reduce hourly rate at the start of a new project
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Understanding Business Agreements and Market Value For me USD 20 per hour is a low price. I think they can pay that price. I can renegotiate but this situation does not give me much security in the ...

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How do I deal with an autistic employee who criticizes teammates publicly and doesn't understand the harm in doing so?
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Treat This as a Process Problem, Not an Interpersonal One You are attempting to change someone's behavior, rather than treating this is a process problem. This is a bad idea in general, but when a ...

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Should I tell potential employers I'm job searching because I'm engaged?
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Don't Overshare, But Filter Yourself Into Consideration Here's my question: Should I include that I'm "engaged" in the cover letter? Should I say I'll pay for my own move? I differ from the ...

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How to handle subpar developers
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By Definition, Average People in the Average Workplace Are "Average" The work world is often filled with mediocrity for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that (by its very definition) the ...

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How to find a job with as little social interaction with coworkers as possible?
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I don't like making friends at work, going out to eat with the team, having to go get drinks, team lunches, "team outings", meetups, open offices, or having to fit in with the culture. I just want a ...

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Appropriate, manager-friendly way to handle ADA-accommodations in a competitive industry
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What Employers Can Ask Employers generally can't ask if you are disabled. Even if you disclose that you are disabled, the employer generally isn't entitled to the gory details. As a result, most ...

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How to deal with teammates who are curt and avoid helping me?
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TL;DR Read the documents if you can find them. Ask your team for the documents if you don't have them. Ask your boss to help you if you can't find the documents, or if you don't understand them and ...

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What happens in HR after manager hands out a verbal offer?
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"You Know Nothing [Yet], Jon Snow!" My potential future manager followed up with me after an interview and hands out a verbal offer...The manager mentioned there is going to be a delay on the ...

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At-will, no contractually obligated serverance - notice?
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Notice Period as Relationship Management Am I really expected to give two weeks or more advance notice in this situation? In the United States and under at-will employment, in most jobs you are ...

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How do you stay in touch with people you use as references?
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How should I approach using someone as a reference if it's been 4 years? While some employers prefer more recent references, it's occasionally useful to use an older but more-targeted reference. For ...

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"Startup" working hours - is it normal to be asked to work 11 hours/ day?
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TL;DR I can't speak for German law, but in general a job offer is not the final step in the job-hunting process. What seems to be missing is active communication with the hiring manager or employer. ...

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How can I find individual (not team) programming work?
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Filter Jobs for Workstyle Fit How can I find a computer programming job that is mostly individual work, rather than teamwork? You do this the same way you look for any other kind of job: Filter ...

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