Eric Lippert
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How should I respond when I lied about my education and the company finds out through background check?
108 votes

I lied about my education to my employer and background check revealed I did not graduate. How do I respond to my employer after they send me the following? The presupposition of the question is a ...

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How do I quit due to a disappointing company outlook?
94 votes

Perhaps I'm not thinking this straight, would like to get your advice on how to proceed in the best way. First, find another job. Then send your manager an email that says "This is my written notice ...

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Why do interviewers focus so much on why you want the job?
60 votes

Could someone help me to see the interviewers' point of view about why they are asking these questions? From their point of view you showed up for an interview. That tells them that you are the kind ...

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How to negotiate salary with an extremely unprofessional in-house recruiter?
48 votes

He repeatedly asked about my current salary, even after I told him flat-out that that has no relevance whatsoever to the current discussion. That was the correct response. An even better response ...

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Is it acceptable to use pirated software on the job?
45 votes

Is it a acceptable to use pirated software on the job without telling your boss about it? Acceptable to whom? Clearly it is acceptable to you, or you wouldn't be asking. If your question is "is this ...

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Employees are gaming their performance metrics, instead of doing what's best for the company
40 votes

I'd have expected that all employees are expected to do what's best for the company. No offense intended, but that is extremely naive. It ignores the entire history of labour relations, well, ...

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Interview Question about familiarity with a programming language
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37 votes

is there a way to ask this question in a meaningful way? Yes. Your observation that everyone says 7 or 8 is spot on. Use that. What I would do when I asked this question in interviews is follow it ...

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Should I reverse a key question during an interview?
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33 votes

No, this is not a good strategy. First: The entire interview is for the interviewer to pose the question "why should I hire you?" over and over again in different forms. Second: An interview is a ...

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Why is it so acceptable for software engineers to job hop? I'm tired of constantly recruiting them
32 votes

how did it become acceptable for software engineers to always be job switching? The software industry, perhaps more than any other, rewards disloyalty and punishes loyalty. You should not be ...

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how to get noticed for the actual work I do at work
31 votes

I really don't want to be in a situation where the people who are doing less stuff and are less invested than me are more rewarded. What should I do to be sure my work and efforts are noticed? Those ...

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How can I determine if a coding task is too hard for an interview candidate?
29 votes

How can I determine if a coding task is too hard for an interview candidate? Your question is ambiguous. Let me try to crisp it up. I think what you are really asking is: We have a process for ...

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How can I stop my colleagues being disrespectful about my personal life choices?
25 votes

I've been disrespected since coming back from mat leave. That sounds upsetting. Sorry you're going through this. No one deserves that. I am trying to get the behaviour to stop Start by accepting ...

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I am slated to be put on performance improvement plan for sixty days, I have one week to decide & I don't know what to do
23 votes

First: you said in previous questions that you've had health issues including difficulties with anxiety. I fully sympathize with how difficult that can be. I strongly encourage you to look for ...

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Pointing out a salary cut
22 votes

Well, were I the hiring manager I would interpret your statements as "instead of me paying for training to improve my own skills, tell you what, you guys pay me to take up the time of your employees ...

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How can I avoid telling my boss about the new company that I'll be working for during resignation?
22 votes

how can I inform my resignation and avoid telling my boss about company A? Like this. You write this on a piece of paper: Dear Mr./Ms. Manager: This is my formal notification that I am resigning ...

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Is it a good idea to ask for a significantly lower salary than the median to increase the chances of an offer?
20 votes

Did I do the right thing? You're doing science -- trying something, and observing the results -- and you're asking us to tell you what the outcome of your experiment was; you're the one who knows ...

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How do we recruit junior software developers in an age where everybody studies for the interview?
19 votes

The fundamental problem here is that you are not using coding problems correctly as an interviewing technique. It sounds like your interviewing technique looks like this: Pose a problem Did the ...

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What should I do if I'm asked a famous question in a technical interview which I've previously solved?
19 votes

First off, if this subject interests you, I have a number of articles in my blog queue coming up in the next couple of weeks about how I deal with technical interview questions as an interviewer. To ...

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Is it ok to take notes to an interview
17 votes

I would add to the other good answers here that as an interviewer, I am certainly bringing notes (and taking notes) because I am not an expert on the candidate. I understand that people get nervous ...

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Am I allowed to put a position that I might get in a week on the resume?
17 votes

I am a junior year in college and my current resume is honestly not strong. And your plan is to make it stronger by making it less honest? No one expects a junior in college to have a strong work ...

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How to respond to a rejection email when I have yet to attend the final interview I was invited to?
15 votes

Now you can probably understand my frustration as I was really excited for this interview (even informed a few friends/family). I can only assume that this is the first time this has happened to you. ...

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Can I prevent my company from modifying source code that I wrote for myself and gave them to use?
14 votes

You say my code was a gift and Yesterday they needed a change in one of MY procedures These sentences are contradictory. When you give a gift, it is no longer yours: it belongs to the ...

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Sexy desktop wallpapers in the office
14 votes

Though this video is about a far more severe example of the issue you face, the conclusion reached by the presenter is applicable to your situation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaqpoeVgr8U The ...

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Unusually long Interview time; is this a red flag?
10 votes

This company has already required a Telephone Interview and a code project which I completed successfully. I have now been invited to interview, and they are very keen. Great! I have now found out ...

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How do you handle an interview for a candidate who is performing poorly?
9 votes

When you begin interviewing a candidate and realise early on that they really, really aren't suitable for the job, how do you wrap up the interview? First off, the question presupposes that the ...

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How to resign from a role with an overly emotional boss
7 votes

Step one: find another job. Do not omit step one. The fact that you will be unemployed when you leave is the biggest thing giving your current employer leverage over you. Remove that leverage. ...

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want to take a week PTO 'After' 3 weeks notice, is this acceptable or crazy?
7 votes

I'm kind of bummed, given I gave 3 weeks notice and have helped out multiple times on weekends without being reimbursed the time; and now, the one favor I ask is rejected You expected fairness and ...

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Consequences for leaving an easter egg in code?
7 votes

If you work at Microsoft, you will be fired once this is discovered. If you work for a company which provides software to any government, or with any government contractor, your company could lose ...

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Is there anything that I shouldn't include in my CV?
6 votes

If I were interviewing a candidate for a web developer position, say, the fact that the candidate waited tables or taught skiing or whatever as a teenager is noise that I ignore and might as well not ...

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How do I ensure fair performance ratings in the stack ranking system?
2 votes

we compare A4 with B4, C4 and D4(all are similarly experienced) while A1 is compared with B1, C1 and D1 (all similarly experienced). Then A4's position within A's team is determined, subject to how A1,...

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