Gregory Currie
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Interviewee missed appointment
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You should wait for them to contact you and see what they volunteer on the matter without prompting. You should also continue to interview other candidates. A "Sales Partner" should have ...

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Can a company retract a signed offer due to hiring freeze?
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As Phillip said, you can be "let go" on your first day. Generally in Australia people are on probation for some period of time after they start. My recommendation is you get in touch with ...

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New employee: interested in internal position within the company
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It's unlikely the application will be kept secret. Maybe things are a bit different in the Netherlands, I don't know. It's not in the company's interests to have employees secretly meeting managers ...

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Company that had acted suspiciously now wants my address for invoice. Should I push back or refuse?
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It doesn't really make much sense to me. If you are the contractor, typically you would invoice who you did work for. Without knowing the jurisdiction, we are unable to know exactly if they require ...

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How would you go about figuring out who should be scheduled where?
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Obviously you have to do it according to their first names. So, everyone that has a first name starting with P should go to Pickering. Examples are Peter, Pauline, and Pedro. People whose name starts ...

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How to provide help to Technical Product Manager with regards to filtering incoming requirements
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You manager seems to be fine with the concerns that you have raised, or hopefully taking action behind the scenes. I recommend you raise any concerns in private with John, to give him the chance to ...

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How to tell when it's good to involve management vs making decision for yourself?
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Rather than call your boss over every little decision, it may be better to make decisions, but ensure that your boss is kept in the loop. Regarding the example you gave, you should just keep the $10, ...

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How to communicate effectively with an impatient person
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If you need assistance from HR and they are not acting in a manner that allows you to get the assistance you require, then you need to have a conversation with your boss. Your boss should then follow ...

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How should I deal with new trainees when, after a course, they are not able to do even a simple related task?
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After 16 hours (2 days) of that course ... Nobody is going to learn anything in 16 hours of study across 2 days. That's way too much. i sayd no to all of them during the interview but the company ...

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Is it normal to expect to know how much a job can pay when interviewing?
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Yes, you should ask what the salary range is nice and early. If it's not suitable, walk away. You're doing everyone a favour. They may have been trying to get you emotionally invested before dropping ...

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My former boss keeps looking at my Linkedin profile, what to do?
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Block him. No need to give this a second thought. It's a distraction for you. If he creates a second profile to keep peeping, you'll never know, and that's fine. What you shouldn't have to deal with ...

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How to help a team member voice out their struggle?
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Even if the survey is anonymous, you never claim there is a person in the group who is an outlier, as it will make them feel isolated. You should feel free to solicit ideas from all members of the ...

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Candidate refused to take his mask off in a 90 minutes interview even when I told him twice it was ok to do that
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The candidate may have been going to several interviews that day. They don't want the be the person that is the cause of a super-spreader event. My country was also adopting a zero-Covid approach. It ...

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How do I deal with a manager oversimplifying tasks to encourage me to take them?
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I am very much sidestepping the issue of context-switching, and if an hour-a-day is an effective way of learning. Your manager sets your tasks. If your manager thinks you should stop working on Task A ...

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Should I inform a software developer he needs to improve his testing productivity?
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I've discussed this with management and tried to argue that we should bring back some QA to reduce testing times but they want to have a meeting with him and escalate things which I absolutely do not ...

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Is it unreasonable to demand a signed and executed contract before quitting a job and extend my agreed upon start date past then?
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Just get in touch with them and say that the start date will need to be moved backwards to give you enough time to review and make your arrangements. No need to make a big deal of it. People are going ...

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How to overcome/answer unexpected questions in presentations with major stakeholders
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I disagree with the other answer. It doesn't look like your problem is you don't know the answer to the question, but you've not mentally prepared yourself to answer. In addition, I believe your ...

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How to preemptively tell employer what you expect to get paid when there's potential for confusion/miscalculations
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First off, I wouldn't call the overtime rate a "bonus", as bonus implies its discretionary. Personally, I would simply wait for the paycheque to arrive. If they get it wrong, that's just ...

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How to choose appropriate job title on Linkedin, if I'm a startup founder who is now looking for a job?
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If you write "Head of Marketing", the very first thing I'm going to ask is how big was the marketing team that you lead. If you were the only person involved in marketing, I would consider ...

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Declining offer right before joining, is it unethical?
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First off all, you can't decline a job you have already accepted. You can quit a job before you first day. I would be annoyed if a candidate said "I have decided to decline after all". It ...

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How can I explain why I'm using just audio in video conferencing, without revealing the real reason?
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My selfish superiors know I'm in a different time zone, but they are intolerant. They still expect me to wake up early, get washed, and look prim. Normally superiors don't ask why I turned off video, ...

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How can I explain why I'm using just audio in video conferencing, without revealing the real reason?
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This answer is for the first iteration of the question. It's not suitable due to subsequent edits. I'd probably just say: I'd rather not. If they keep pressing you, you could then say: I don't think ...

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Being ignored for direct hire
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Pay 60% more to outsource The likely issue is that is probably financially simplier to pay you a fixed contract, rather than lock you in as an employee. If grants are involved, it probably makes for ...

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What will an occupational therapy assessment during sickness involve?
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I can’t help but think that an OT assessment is designed to force me into something. In the UK, your employer is permitted to ignore the medical opinions of your doctor. They could very well use the ...

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Meeting was getting extended regularly: discussion turned to conflict
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What should you do? You need to accept that your manager has made their decision, and are unlikely to change their mind.

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Expected remuneration, after re-applying for the same job they re-advertised?
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I don't want to be harsh, but they looked at what you said, and they didn't think they were going to get good value for the money. They may be wrong, of course, but that doesn't matter. It's really up ...

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What do they mean by "scripting language" in IT job advertisements?
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My interpretation is they mean general-purpose scripting languages. I believe that scripting languages are more accessible for non-programmers. They generally are easier to debug, faster to play ...

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Is it a big deal to send a Welcome message to a new client from an existing client without their knowledge?
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The bar your employer has set is "is it legal", not "will our users appreciate this", or "does this reflect poorly on us". Ultimately, if all they care about is the ...

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How should I respond to an email I'm copied on, when the person who is supposed to reply isn't replying?
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First of all, drop the customer out of your next email if that hasn't already happened. Then, I would send an email explicitly addressed to the cargo manager, with the senior managers, HQ or whatever ...

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How should I tell front-end to stop passing bugs to back-end by default?
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At the end of our sprints, I'm behind on bug counts, and it looks like my performance is very poor. Sounds like you're solving the wrong problem. But first... I think a lot of the other answers are ...

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