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Guy Shares A Based-On-True-Events Job Interview And Some People Think That The Employer Is Out Of Their Mind
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Guy Shares A Based-On-True-Events Job Interview And Some People Think That The Employer Is Out Of Their Mind

An account of an unorthodox job interview format, which some are calling hopeless, disrespectful and abusive has sparked debates about what kind of candidate could get a job this way and who would want to. A Nigerian business consultant named Jerry Doubles asked for his followers’ opinions on an employer’s method of selecting patient, obedient candidates: by telling them to show up early, and then stalling for 11 hours before meeting them.

Doubles also shared a story told to him on Facebook by a woman who had once waited 8 hours for an interview and could confirm that this was no urban legend.

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Here is the alarming story posted by business consultant Jerry Doubles

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Commenters have been overwhelmingly disgusted by the tactic, and it’s not hard to see why—after all, if an employer is willing to treat applicants like this as a test to see which one he should hire, imagine how he would treat them once the contract is signed.

Twitter users were not impressed with the employer’s strategy

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Doubles emphasized that he was not defending the employer, only stating that hiring methods like this aren’t unheard of in Nigeria, where over half of young people are unemployed and people often finish university only to find no options waiting for them in their field. Someone who needs steady employment doesn’t always have the luxury to choose an employer that will treat them with respect.

Doubles responded to criticism when he saw the anger his post had inspired

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While he has a good point, commenters fairly pointed out that there’s also another kind of discrimination taking place in this interview format, and it’s a type that happens worldwide.

An applicant who has children, or needs to spend the rest of the day working another job or going to other interviews, would not be able to spend 11 hours at the office unplanned. It’s easy to imagine that while this is what many employers are looking for, this one just happened to find an effective method to weed out candidates who can’t afford to sign their lives over.

What do you think? Is this the kind of competition employers should be creating or is it just sadism? Have you ever had a job interview that made you reconsider your application?

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
Community Member
2 years ago

As a manager of 20+ years I can tell you this is a terrible idea. The only thing the manager established is that this one person did not have something more urgent to do. A much better candidate could have left because they HAD to pick up their child from school or HAD to take a relative to a doctor appointment. What's more - he just hired someone who will sit on their ass all day WAITING for something to happen. That is the last thing I want my staff to do. I want proactive people who make things happen.

Carol Emory
Community Member
2 years ago

That's what I was thinking. Better to have an employee with a mind of their own and a sense of value than a drone that will blindly follow you into the fire.

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Beeps
Community Member
2 years ago

To be honest, I wouldn’t give a job to the people who just sat around all day waiting passively, instead I’d be much more interested in the applicants who decided that this was a waste of time and left.

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah this seems more of an urban legend type thing even if it isn’t. It shows the person has no respect for themselves or their time. Honestly seems not too bright also. Like the employer could make them do anything after that apparently

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Evil Little Thing
Community Member
2 years ago

Job interviews go both ways. People evaluate each other and decide whether they are willing to work together. I would not be willing to work with someone who prioritizes sitting on ass over productivity.

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
Community Member
2 years ago

As a manager of 20+ years I can tell you this is a terrible idea. The only thing the manager established is that this one person did not have something more urgent to do. A much better candidate could have left because they HAD to pick up their child from school or HAD to take a relative to a doctor appointment. What's more - he just hired someone who will sit on their ass all day WAITING for something to happen. That is the last thing I want my staff to do. I want proactive people who make things happen.

Carol Emory
Community Member
2 years ago

That's what I was thinking. Better to have an employee with a mind of their own and a sense of value than a drone that will blindly follow you into the fire.

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Beeps
Community Member
2 years ago

To be honest, I wouldn’t give a job to the people who just sat around all day waiting passively, instead I’d be much more interested in the applicants who decided that this was a waste of time and left.

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah this seems more of an urban legend type thing even if it isn’t. It shows the person has no respect for themselves or their time. Honestly seems not too bright also. Like the employer could make them do anything after that apparently

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Evil Little Thing
Community Member
2 years ago

Job interviews go both ways. People evaluate each other and decide whether they are willing to work together. I would not be willing to work with someone who prioritizes sitting on ass over productivity.

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