I came across this question from a while back. I was surprised to see that it was closed.

Sure, OP made (and has acknowledged that it was) a very stupid mistake. But does that have anything to do with the question being closed? I wouldn't assume it, but I'm struggling to think of any other reason.

This question seems firmly on-topic to me. It's about job hunting, learning from mistakes, the application process, interviews, etc. And OP managed to elicit some excellent answers.

What makes this question off-topic?

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    at least 3 of 5 close votes went to original revision of the question. I just re-checked this in my profile: my vote is dated Jul 31 and I am third who voted there
    – gnat
    Aug 12 '16 at 17:47

Cast first vote to reopen. You've convinced me.


I'm not sure when all of the close votes came in, but if you look at the revision history of the question, it's clear that the original version of the question was off topic. Monica made some good edits though, and I don't believe it is still off topic for the reason given.

However, I think I would still vote this question closed for being a duplicate. We have a few other questions on this site about how to explain getting fired from a previous job.

Explaining getting fired in job interview?

How do I explain getting fired for a very bad reason to potential employers?

  • I was thinking the same thing if it gets reopened I would vote to close it as a duplicate. Perhaps a mod could do that and just avoid the process? Aug 12 '16 at 18:09
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    Duplicate of the second one sounds reasonable to me. The "very bad reason" aspect is an important part of the current question. Aug 12 '16 at 18:12
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    I've always wondered what the process should be for a question that was closed for one reason, edited to fix it, but still off-topic for another reason.
    – David K
    Aug 12 '16 at 19:03
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    @DavidK if a question closed for some other reason turns out to be a duplicate we should re-close as the dupe instead. Dupes help with navigation. Among the other reasons I don't think it matters much, unless the reason used is actively giving bad signal to readers or something. Sometimes the lines are fuzzy, particularly when "unclear" is involved. Aug 12 '16 at 20:58
  • @MonicaCellio at Programmers I sometimes flag asking moderator to re-close with different reason. It happens when edit makes current reason blatantly incorrect (and when question is not on a way to auto-deletion) - very infrequently - once, maybe twice a year
    – gnat
    Aug 13 '16 at 10:10

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