Dan
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What should I do when my dream company is interested in me before my skills are developed?
213 votes

Here's what you should do: RUN WITH IT What you shouldn't do is lie, exaggerate or in any other way give them the impression that you're something you aren't. This does not mean you have to be self ...

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Is using swear words for emphasis acceptable in an interview?
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144 votes

The question isn't really 'is it acceptable' - it's 'should I' and that's actually very easy to answer. Will the interviewer see not swearing as a negative? They'll almost certainly not even think ...

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Is it okay to leave my original documents with a company who wants them "as insurance"?
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127 votes

I've never heard of this in the UK and I absolutely wouldn't allow it. When they say insurance, it rather sounds like blackmail to me - are they going to destroy it if they deem you in breach of their ...

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Can't remember much from previous working experiences
102 votes

I think your experience is fairly common - I'm sure I'm not alone in having searched for an issue and found my OWN answer to it on Stack Exchange. I've got nearly 20 years in the industry now and ...

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How to introduce myself in a CV when I share the same name as an unpopular politician?
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67 votes

You don't need to - I think your colleague is worrying over nothing. The CV is unlikely to bear any resemblance to that of the politicians and I'm sure anybody who knows the name would be able to ...

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Got my first job. How do I politely turn down the call for an interview by another employer?
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65 votes

Just tell them the truth — this is a very common occurrence and people drop out all through the process due to other offers. In person or over the phone, just say something like, “I really appreciate ...

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What do I do if I hear something against work policy without seeing who was responsible
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43 votes

Just Leave It It seems to me you have absolutely nothing to gain here. No actual harm was done, you have absolutely no evidence that there was actually anything wrong going on and you have no idea ...

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Is it unprofessional to bring lunch to a meeting?
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41 votes

This is almost impossible to answer without being there, but I'll try and give some guidance from my Point of View: Is it ever acceptable? Absolutely - we've all got to eat and, despite best efforts ...

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Asking client for discount on tickets to amusement park
32 votes

Do not do this without speaking to your boss. Do not pass go. Do not collect your discounted theme park tickets. Firstly, depending on the company cultures this could just look generally bad and may ...

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Uneployment gap at resume because of army: how to indicate that? Should I put army years to the software engineer's resume?
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23 votes

I'm struggling to understand your difficulty here. You know you need to explain the gap and the gap is for a completely legitimate and normal/understandable reason in your country. I quite literally ...

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How to decline promotion due to financial reasons withought jeopardising relationship with the company?
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22 votes

I always cringe when I read these kinds of stories. Never ever leave your career progress in your employers hands and accept that nothing is guaranteed until you have the money in the bank. His ...

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Is it okay to work on personal projects in my spare time at work?
18 votes

As a fellow system administrator, this time is absolutely perfect for getting your network to an absolutely pristine condition. We all know that day to day maintenance is no fun, but it's the ...

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How to recruit an honest candidate?
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17 votes

As davidjwest says, trust is something that is earnt and built over time so, to some degree, you have to make a leap of faith and hope you get the right person. So, effectively, you're into ...

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Is it okay to share a customer appreciation email I received with my manager?
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Of course it's okay - there's no reasonable expectation of confidentiality and you should be highlighting your success. What does take care, however, is how you present it. I'd suggest mentioning it ...

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Should I mention an interesting but failed task in my resume as an achievement?
14 votes

I would, but be careful how you phrase it and how you answer questions about it. You could say something like "I designed this, though they haven't quite got the infrastructure in place to go live ...

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How to shoo away people who make informal requests at the desk or canteen?
14 votes

You can't. Ultimately, whenever somebody asks for something they feel they deserve, but get told no, then they're going to be disappointed - that's the truth, and trying to avoid it will get you ...

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What to do if you're asked to break industry regulations?
13 votes

I'm surprised that this hasn't been mentioned, but if there are rules and fines then there must be some kind of regulator. You need to contact that regulator - anonymous, at least at first, and ask ...

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Should I book a place on a conference when I know I will have resigned before attending?
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I am planning to resign before the conference date, but not necessarily before the conference "book on" date. I am currently not ready to submit my resignation and probably will have to book the ...

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what to do when there are rumors of firing employees on their increment day
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11 votes

I have no idea if what they're doing is ethical or legal because you don't state how you're employed but you do what you should always do - hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Get your CV ...

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Can hire benefits vary by manager?
11 votes

Union type politics aside, leave is defined in the contract between the employee and the employer. The contract may simply state "as in the company handbook" or it may state a particular definition, ...

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When talking about my career, can I say I work for a company even if I'm not an employee?
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10 votes

I have a similar thing going on with my CV - in my case, I put it down as Company X (On behalf of Company Y) And in fact, for me, it's even more complex because sometimes I'm actually personally ...

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Should I accept compressed deadline for a specific incentive?
9 votes

This is business in a fairly pure sense. They need you to deliver above the norm and are willing the sweeten the deal for you to get you onside. It's certainly unusual, but I don't see how it's ...

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Bringing up extreme-sport activities during interviews without being viewed as irresponsible
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There's no easy answer because all interviewers are different and will view a particular activity in a different light. That said - they're asking in order to get to know you. With questions like ...

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How should I answer "What do you dislike about your current manager?" during an interview?
9 votes

Personally, I think this is an incredibly poor question to ask an interviewee and it shows bad judgement on the part of the interviewer. If I were asked, I'd almost certainly respond with something ...

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What are the circumstances when "ignoring company politics" is actually good advice?
8 votes

Even as an outside contractor or consultant, I have to agree broadly with Philipp that it is rarely a good idea to ignore politics. That isn't to say you should spend your time "stirring the pot", or ...

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How can I tell my boss that I will work at a slower pace until I receive a raise?
8 votes

By consistently putting in so many extra hours, you've unfortunately tied yourself into a trap. Regardless of the rights and wrongs, any attempt by you to "Work to Rule" (I.e., do as required and ...

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Can a consult add to their CV that their name is on an academic thesis?
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If it's factual, and not bound by some kind of confidentiality agreement then you can put whatever you like on your CV. Ultimately, it's a sales document - and if you think it has value, if you think ...

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State in the contract that software developer delivers only binary code not source code?
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7 votes

You can negotiate whatever terms you like in a contract so long as the two parties agree (legal requirements not withstanding) but I can't imagine any scenario where a serious business would pay for ...

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Why am I being interviewed for a job I am clearly unqualified for
7 votes

Forward thinking employers are after a lot more than just raw skills. Technical skills can be taught and learned, but a persons personality rarely changes. Sometimes, they'll see something in somebody ...

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Year in industry Conundrum
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6 votes

One of, if not the, biggest difficulties that new entrants to the IT industry face is getting over the "lack of experience" hurdle. For that reason alone, I would personally advise that it is indeed a ...

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