Burhan Khalid
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New employer wants me to pay for ISO 9001 accreditation before employment begins - is this a scam?
114 votes

As someone who is a ISO 9001 certified auditor, I can tell you that: This is a scam. You cannot get an ISO/9001 certification (it's not possible); you can only be certified as an auditor and even ...

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Should I disqualify candidates if they Google the answer and type it verbatim in a phone screen?
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35 votes

An answer is only as good as the question that was asked. This is unfortunately a case of asking a bad question that can simply be Googled like those famous "how many potholes" questions you see ...

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Asked to use CCTV to check fellow employee's hours
34 votes

Let me answer this by asking you another question. If a co-worker was abused or attacked by a colleague, and they asked you to produce the video of an area at a date and time? Would you comply? I ...

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Quit company but keep working with the same client. Is it ethical?
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25 votes

Ethical is something that can easily get into the lovely grey opinionated area; therefore I would instead recommend checking your contract - or more appropriately, your company's contract with the ...

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Should I lock my resume from editing to make it read-only?
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16 votes

As I have been applying, I have my resume in Word format (.docx), and I have wonder if it would be wise to make it read-only to prevent those kind of changes from hiring managers or anybody (not ...

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Keep getting called on my personal phone
15 votes

If you value your personal time, do not ask for a company phone. Once you are on a company phone, it is expected that you will answer each and every call, not matter what time or day it is placed. It ...

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Master degree student with equal salary to bachelor degree - what should I write to my manager?
14 votes

In general, the remuneration for a position is determined by: The responsibilities of the position. The financial impact of the position. The number of people being supervised by the role. The ...

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Do I need a vCard in the business environment?
11 votes

I have yet to receive a vcard from anyone; and I have held roles from consulting to sales and programming. Traditional and creative business cards are still the norm. A newer trend is to generate a ...

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Can a newer hire with less skills be paid higher than me
11 votes

Could there be any specific reason that the new hire without job experience be paid higher It could be that your company is looking to hire fresh graduates and thus incentivizing them. It could be ...

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IT having too much power
8 votes

I have faced the same kind of knee jerk reaction. Here are some tips: Have your department follow some established IT processes (such as ITIL), and have these processes audited. Consider getting ...

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Why do companies seem to advertise things unrelated to the work they do?
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8 votes

Why would a company mention these things? A small part of me feels that they do this because they're trying to hide something bad, for example the work sucks so they got an xbox. They are not ...

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Company keeps former employee email accounts active -
7 votes

Can this be under intellectual property for at least the employees name and compelled to remove all trace of it from the company computer uses when the employee severs employment with the company? ...

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Should I adopt an alias when I have a name that may sound strange or offensive in the local language?
7 votes

You did not mention where you are working because this will differ from culture and region, but I can offer you some advice based on my experience: In some companies, on the job application you have ...

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What to say when you hear that your colleague is quitting the job?
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6 votes

What you should do is dictated by your local culture/norms. In some places there is a small get together with cake + refreshments; in others there is a formal ceremony; yet some places just have a ...

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Am I authorized to work in this country?
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5 votes

The company wants to know if you will require a work visa or other such accommodation should you be hired. It is the same as when they ask "Do you have clearance?" (for military or government jobs). ...

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I scored low on the Technical Test, but they offered me a Job?
5 votes

I think you are lucky that you found a company that doesn't simply look at test scores but actually the potential of the employee. They saw your potential to succeed with them and that's why they ...

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Should I volunteer for a pay cut?
4 votes

The first gut instinct is, never volunteer a pay cut as this validates the assumption (of your boss) that you are overpaid; as you can attest from all the other answers. The truth is it is more ...

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Coffee maker "custody"
4 votes

We've basically been maintaining and paying for everything related to the coffee in the office, and we can lose some time by walking all the way over to the cafeteria just to get coffee, and the ...

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How do degrees from foreign universities apply to job requirements in the US?
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4 votes

The first thing you have to do is get your degree notarized by the HEC (Higher Education Commission) in Pakistan. This ensures your degree is genuine and from an institution that's accredited. Next, ...

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Should I ask for a pay rise every year?
3 votes

No, it is your absolute right to ask for a pay raise as costs, life circumstances, your worth to the company - all of these have changed in the course of a year. There is nothing unprofessional about ...

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Ask for higher title when negotiating with current employer?
3 votes

If the title doesn't have any [a] increased responsibility or [b] increased pay or benefits, then its not worth it. Think about your next employer who will ask you "so how did your deliverables change ...

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Should I take this new job? I feel guilty for leaving and obligated to stay. Currently mentoring new hire and working on a big project
3 votes

This is actually common (the dilemma part). The dilemma I'm having is leaving a company where I am in the middle of a big project and I'm also in the middle of helping to train an entry-level ...

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Is it illegal to use my personal cell phone for work related matters?
3 votes

Company policy does not equal law. That's the bottom line. Illegal means that it is against the law. Against company policy means you might be reprimanded by your HR, fired and possibly in worse ...

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Why does a company accept middle vendors or sub contractors in contracting?
3 votes

I have some experience in this area being in both the contractor side and the client side. From the client's standpoint - we usually ask for a resource of a particular qualification. This is the ...

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Can staying late look like something bad?
2 votes

I had a new hire with the same problem. He is an excellent worker but he always came in early (by an hour) and left late (by an hour) while he was doing office work. I let this slide for the first ...

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How to tell a co-worker that I can't help them if they won't put any effort into framing their problem?
2 votes

I can tell you the simplest trick that worked with me (in your exact same situation): I would love to help you with this. In order to make sure I don't miss anything important, can you please ...

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Newly promoted software architect wants to do code reviews of code in progress
2 votes

You have two issues as I see it: Your supervisor doesn't understand pair programming; as code reviews are a part of the way pair programming works. He/she is not aware of the backlog, or the sprint, ...

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My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?
2 votes

I'm a software development manager at a large organization, and on occasions I ask the same of my direct reports. Here is why: It gives them time with me; which is important especially for new hires ...

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Are backpacks accepted in most American work places? If so, for how long?
2 votes

I know you asked specifically for an American workplace, but I thought I would throw my hat in coming from a very traditional suit-wearing workplace (a bank) on what I see during the morning and ...

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Is it essential to have hands-on experience with a framework or to only know the concepts and methodologies applied?
2 votes

If you see a requirement for a specific framework or toolset, it means the following: The client already has a solution running on that particular toolset and is looking for specific help; this is ...

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