Hilmar
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Former employee indirectly poaching engineering talent
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Is there any way to address this Sure: treat your employees well and they will stay regardless of what conference they attend. Treat them badly and they will leave nearly all of them citing pay ...

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How to manage salary expectations when moving to a smaller company?
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That's a tricky one. Job definitions for "C-suite" titles is very squishy. CTO at a large tech company with dozens of reports and multi-million dollar budget is different than a CTO at a ...

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Will the company rescind the job offer if I request to start at a much later date (2-3 months later than the original date)?
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Will they rescind the offer? Maybe yes, maybe no. You'll just have to ask. I recommend asking "intelligently": state your issue and ask to come up with a solution that's mutually agreeable. ...

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Does a 7 day workweek hurt productivity?
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That's not easy to answer since productivity is very difficult to define. Take a look at: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/productivity-vs-annual-hours-worked This graph measures it in "dollars ...

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Do I check what to prepare on my first day of work with my supervisor or the HR?
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What you need to know for day#1 When to show up Where to show up (some companies have multiple locations, buildings, doors, etc) If applicable: how does commuting work (where to park, receipt for bus ...

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How to execute the policy: "carrot and stick" policy with employees. Is it effective in retention?
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Are there any standard approaches or rules-of-thumb to follow? No. Any guidelines to know that we are overdoing it? An attrition rate 40% tells you that you are doing something wrong. how do ...

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How to answer 'Why do you want to leave your current job?'
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My obvious reason is to relocate to a first world country but that's not what I am going to tell them. Why not? It's a perfectly good reason and most hiring managers are not stupid. Relocation is a ...

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Is it bad to request a LinkedIn recommendation?
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Is it bad to request a LinkedIn recommendation? Not really bad but not useful either. No one cares about LinkedIn recommendations. Anyone can write anything so they have almost no credibility. ...

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How can I politely ask my PM to stop calling me unexpectedly?
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If this is an actual voice call, just say: Sorry, I'm in the middle of something. Let's set up a zoom to discuss, my calendar is up to date. or Sorry, I'm busy right now. Can I call you back in an ...

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In what order is an offer letter signed?
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Is this usual? It happens. In practice it makes little difference. Just make sure you don't quit your existing job until you have the signed offer in hand.

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How can I ask an executive for an old position back?
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You can simply ask directly. Don't get your hopes up though: You have made a bunch of serious mistakes and you have established a track record of "not knowing what you want" and "...

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How do I create a LinkedIn account without my employer knowing?
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Almost EVERYONE has a LinkedIn profile. Your boss has one, your co-worker have one, your CEO probably has one, heck even Bill Gates has one. https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamhgates/ Look up what ...

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I have been invited to join a diversity team: What are the advantages and disadvantages?
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Tricky. Some diversity teams are wonderful opportunities to create meaningful change and personal growths, many are just token debate clubs and there are some outright train wrecks out there as well ...

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Is it common for an intern to be leading projects as a software engineer?
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Is it normal to receive so little guidance in an undergraduate internship? No. This is a train wreck in progress. and in a meeting with another team my manager told them I was a machine learning ...

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Is stakeholder management listed or inferred?
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A resume should be result orientated, not task oriented. As a hiring manager I want to know what you achieved not what you did. "Stakeholder management" is a task. "Minimized any ...

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Got fired because someone slipped and was injured (in public) on something I was alleged to have been carrying
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This considered, is there any point in challenging my termination? No. I would feel better if I voiced my side of the story. It seems like calling my manager or a higher up one couldn't make ...

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Taking a project from full-time to freelance after resigning
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I am the only person who can perform the duty. Not your problem, not your fault, and not yours to assess. do you think it's a wise idea? Probably not. You changed jobs which means your priority ...

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I don't like my job. How can I make the best of it while I still have it?
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​I fear being labeled as a job-hopper due to the short time I've been at this company. Not a problem for 8 month on your first job. A fresher gets at last one hall pass. What can I do to make the ...

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How can I interview at competing company for an R&D role in pharma?
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How can I present my work if it is confidential? You can't. But I would prefer to present elements of both my PhD work and my industry work, Stick to the PhD work, especially if it's recent. You ...

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Not receiving feedback from raised concerns, what else can I do?
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You've already got your answer multiple time. It's "no". Or more precise: "you are not enough of a flight risk to warrant career development or raises". Either because Alex thinks ...

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How to ask about career growth in an interview?
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I should have asked more questions about this before joining That appears to be the obvious answer to your question. You need to ask in the interview about things that are important to you. Something ...

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Does not having a LinkedIn or Facebook profile adversely affect employment chances?
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LinkedIn does NOT need to be social tl,dr: you misunderstand how LinkedIn works: you can keep it entirely professional without disclosing anything social at all. LinkedIn is primarily a resume posting ...

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Best reason of leaving job after 1 month?
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The truth (formulated nicely). Lying is the best way to burn bridges permanently.

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Repairing relationship with former boss
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Let the embers smolder for a while. As far as I can tell you did everything correctly. If your old boss is mad nevertheless, your best option is probably to give them time to cool down and get over it....

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How to explain in my interviews why it took me so long to complete my master's degree?
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what would be a short, effective, and positive answer/reply to the question posted above? I was off to good start finishing the course work and my co-op on time but during my thesis, my supervisor ...

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Should I reveal that my spouse is being interviewed for my position?
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This is actually complicated. There may be legal or company policy reasons that require her to disclose that she has close relatives at the company. It's also sometimes asked directly in the ...

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What should be included in good email to send 2 weeks after final interview?
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What should an effective follow up email say in a situation like this? Make sure you are addressing the right person. That's almost always the hiring manager: they make the final decision AND it's ...

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Boss is suggesting I learn the codebase in my free time
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Sorry, I'm going to be a little rough at first. I was tricked to think that I'll get some documentation about the structure of the system Then you should really improve your interviewing skills. You ...

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Is it ethical for a hiring manager to give only one candidate questions they should expect to be asked during an interview, but not anyone else?
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HR is not aware of this, and I’m tempted to tell them. Don't. It's not your problem, you will damage relationships, you might make a fool out of yourself and it's not going to make anything "...

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Is it acceptable to install games on a work smartphone
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You should check your companies policy but as long as what you install isn't morally or ethically questionable it shouldn't be a problem. It all boils down to whether the company expect you to have ...

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