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Unemployed Candidate Is Told At The Job Interview That They Should Happily Accept Any Offer Above $0, They Just Stand Up And Leave
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People, Work2 months ago

Unemployed Candidate Is Told At The Job Interview That They Should Happily Accept Any Offer Above $0, They Just Stand Up And Leave

A job interview is usually the moment when both parties seem to like each other. The applicant talks about their talents, the recruiter tries to brag about the advantages of this particular company – especially if the applicant’s skills are well suited to the position. But this, of course, is in an ideal world, and reality is like the night in “Game of Thrones” – dark and full of terrors.

Among such terrors are definitely stingy business owners. How many times in world history has stinginess been punished, and very severely – these lessons, unfortunately, few people learn. Indeed, why think about the financial benefits that a new, talented employee will bring to the company if you could save a couple of dollars on their salary here and now?

In the story we are about to tell you, the company owner turned out to be not only stingy, but also rather rude, and the post in the Reddit Antiwork community, where the author described what happened to them during a job interview, has already gained almost 14.5K upvotes and over 500 different comments. And yes, judging by them, rude and stingy bosses are a trend nowadays. But let’s just talk about everything in order.

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The Original Poster left their job in June and had been searching for a new one for two months

Image source: Oregon Department of Transportation (not the actual photo)

So, the Original Poster left their previous job in June and started looking for a new one. They successfully passed the first interview in the company and moved on to the second, which was supposed to be attended by the owner. According to the OP, everything started very well – the superiors noted that the applicant’s skills and competencies even exceeded their expectations for this position, so they would be a valuable asset for the company.

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Everything went well during the job interview – right up until the wage negotiation started

And then came the very moment when it was necessary to determine the salary. It must be said that the OP had not updated their CV, so the employers did not know that they were currently unemployed. And when the recruiter asked how much the OP wanted to make in their company, they simply named the amount of the advertised compensation for the position.

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When the managers found out that the applicant was jobless at the moment, they offered an incredibly low salary

There was an immediate question as to whether the job seeker was currently working, and the OP admitted they had been looking for a job for two months. This obviously had a big impact on their perception from management, because the OP ended up being offered a salary that was about $6K a year less than the lower end of the range in the job description.

Image source: Jasoncav82

Of course, the OP didn’t agree, so they asked for a larger amount in response – but still within the lower end of the range. They referred to the fact that literally just now, the company’s superiors highly appreciated their work skills. In the OP’s own words, they understand that it takes time to get more, but they are willing to work hard.

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The company owner claimed that the OP should be happy to get literally any offer as any amount is higher than zero

And then the owner of the company showed themselves in all their glory, saying that since the OP had not been working for two whole months, then literally any offer would be much more than what they make now. Therefore, according to the owner, the OP should be just happy to receive this particular offer – and not a cent more!

Image source: Jasoncav82

The OP just stood up, replied that in that case, they would be better off spending their own time going back to school to finish up their degree program, and left the room. According to them, company representatives have already called twice after this conversation, but the OP hasn’t picked up the phone. Now they are back to studying and no longer want to be toyed with and undervalued by any employer.

Image source: frankieleon (not the actual photo)

Most people in the comments slammed the stingy and rude boss, though admitting that such situations are, alas, rather common

We must say that most of the commenters were literally delighted with the OP’s smart decision, and even thanked them for the excellent solution to this situation, which will definitely help many job applicants. And, of course, according to people in the comments, behavior like this from bosses during job interviews is a fairly common thing.

In addition, people were completely outraged by such the company’s management using tactics like this – after all, the fact that an applicant is currently unemployed does not mean at all that they are apparently worthless. The boss probably just thought the OP was in a financial bind and decided to save money by taking advantage of it.

By the way, stranger things often happen during job interviews – for example, no one even bothered to meet this applicant, who arrived right on time, and they had to wait for a whole hour. And whilst you open this post to read it, please write here in the comments what you personally think about this story.

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Keith O
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always politely decline to answer the what are you making now conversation, or I just outright lie and tell them what I want to make.......F#CK them, what I make now should have ZERO bearing on what you're offering for the position.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Right? You asked me in for an interview because you recognize I have the skills you need for this position. Now you're gonna try to low ball me? I've actually said to prospective employers that I'm looking for a salary in the "X" amount range and if that's not in your ballpark, please tell me now so we're not wasting each other's time. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten the interview & then been offered WAY below my "X" range. I literally stood up in one interview (he had a copy of my email sitting right there) and in front of the business owner said, "Are you f*cking kidding me with this? I clearly stated that I wasn't willing to work for less than "X" and to not waste my time with an interview if you weren't willing to meet that amount". The owner was embarrassed beyond belief & assured me that if they could afford me, I would have been given the job, hands down, but they weren't in a financial position to meet my request. I respected him for that.

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The entire world has just been though—-actually still going through, to a lesser extent—-a PANDEMIC, which meant millions were laid off or fired if the company they worked for couldn’t stay open or accommodate remote work. There are going to be gaps on resumes all over the f*****g place. Employers need to get with the times as they are NOW—-2022—not how they were in 2019.

Jeff Lum
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Then you got old Boomer CEOs and execs stuck in 19070s mentality which certainly doesn't help either.

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Frances M
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As someone who has been an interviewer for multiple job types, what this company did was bad for both sides because they wasted their own time too. Gaps in resumes are fine as long as there is an explanation. I only ask about them because sometimes people do brilliant career helping things but don’t think they’ll help so leave them off. I’ve only ever marked people down for not having the required experience or knowledge, not for their current employment status. That said, if they’ve done nothing but sit on their butt for years and didn’t bother keeping up with their area of expertise then they’d be marked down a lot for that. Years, not months.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is two months even a "gap" at all? Two months is a long vacation, and I wouldn't even ask about it. I might be curious about a gap of several years, but only if it was recent.

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Keith O
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always politely decline to answer the what are you making now conversation, or I just outright lie and tell them what I want to make.......F#CK them, what I make now should have ZERO bearing on what you're offering for the position.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Right? You asked me in for an interview because you recognize I have the skills you need for this position. Now you're gonna try to low ball me? I've actually said to prospective employers that I'm looking for a salary in the "X" amount range and if that's not in your ballpark, please tell me now so we're not wasting each other's time. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten the interview & then been offered WAY below my "X" range. I literally stood up in one interview (he had a copy of my email sitting right there) and in front of the business owner said, "Are you f*cking kidding me with this? I clearly stated that I wasn't willing to work for less than "X" and to not waste my time with an interview if you weren't willing to meet that amount". The owner was embarrassed beyond belief & assured me that if they could afford me, I would have been given the job, hands down, but they weren't in a financial position to meet my request. I respected him for that.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The entire world has just been though—-actually still going through, to a lesser extent—-a PANDEMIC, which meant millions were laid off or fired if the company they worked for couldn’t stay open or accommodate remote work. There are going to be gaps on resumes all over the f*****g place. Employers need to get with the times as they are NOW—-2022—not how they were in 2019.

Jeff Lum
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Then you got old Boomer CEOs and execs stuck in 19070s mentality which certainly doesn't help either.

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Frances M
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As someone who has been an interviewer for multiple job types, what this company did was bad for both sides because they wasted their own time too. Gaps in resumes are fine as long as there is an explanation. I only ask about them because sometimes people do brilliant career helping things but don’t think they’ll help so leave them off. I’ve only ever marked people down for not having the required experience or knowledge, not for their current employment status. That said, if they’ve done nothing but sit on their butt for years and didn’t bother keeping up with their area of expertise then they’d be marked down a lot for that. Years, not months.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is two months even a "gap" at all? Two months is a long vacation, and I wouldn't even ask about it. I might be curious about a gap of several years, but only if it was recent.

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