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Asking questions on LinkedIn ?

Lexington Smith
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I have a similar doubt again. I wanted to ask some technical questions (not elementary stuff like why strings are immutable) on LinkedIn to get answers. But more importantly, to show off my analytical mind
in public so that I can improve my chances of getting a good job.

Problem is, do employers really go through all this data before deciding to interview a person for an entry level job ? I am more interested in showing off than getting my problems solved. If problem solving was my main
concern, I would first post questions in forums like these. Another issue is, if I make a mistake or ask a silly question ? Would an employer judge me negatively because of that ?
I guess most people have moments when they lose presence of mind and do something silly or even dumb. Dont know if employers consider that seriously.
Ulf Dittmer
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I think employers would be more impressed if you answered questions than if you asked questions. But I doubt that many of them would take the trouble of checking forum posts before an interview, whether on LinkedIn or elsewhere.


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James Boswell
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I think employers only use LinkedIn to confirm who you are, your qualifications and perhaps, what previous employers have to say about you. They will discover your true technical ability in person during an interview.
Ulf Dittmer
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Lexington Smith wrote:(not elementary stuff like why strings are immutable)

I wouldn't consider that question elementary; it is not obvious why that is the case. But asking it would demonstrate that the person asking is unwilling or unable to SearchFirst, as this particular question has been asked and answered hundreds of times all over the web, and there's nothing that could usefully be added to the answer by asking it again.
Lexington Smith
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:I think employers would be more impressed if you answered questions than if you asked questions. But I doubt that many of them would take the trouble of checking forum posts before an interview, whether on LinkedIn or elsewhere.


I agree. Another thing I had in mind was answering questions on forums like these. But the same dilemma comes up - to use real name or not ?
I also feel that it is important to ask good questions. That also tells us a lot about a persons intelligence.
Luke Kolin
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Lexington Smith wrote:Another thing I had in mind was answering questions on forums like these. But the same dilemma comes up - to use real name or not ? I also feel that it is important to ask good questions. That also tells us a lot about a persons intelligence.


Not using a real name tells me a lot about you, too.

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Junilu Lacar
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I prefer quiet confidence and a good measure of humility to loud fanfare and handwaving. When I prepare to give an interview, I have never gone online to check out a candidate's participation in forums and I don't think I would unless they call it out on their resume.


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