Finding a new job can be really stressful. Creating the perfect CV, scrolling through countless ads, keeping up with the ever-changing marketplace—it's certainly a tough task.

Not to mention the companies that place unreal expectations on their potential employees. We've all heard them asking for years of experience for an entry-level position that offers very little to no pay at all. No wonder you get sick and tired of the whole process.

But don't worry. You're not the only one: r/recruitinghell is a subreddit where both recruiters and candidates share their ridiculous hiring experiences, so keep scrolling if you want reassurance that the universe hasn't conspired against you and check out some of its best posts below!

After you're done, don't forget to check out Bored Panda's previous post about the horrors of finding a new job.

#1

This

This

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Apparently they have to offer open positions to prospective employees even if they intend to recruit/promote from within the company in a lot of places, or they could be dragged through the courts to be fined. I don't agree with the ruling, and it should be removed. A lot of companies ignore it as it is only enforceable if someone notices, but it is a sh*tty rule

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#2

It's Really Not That Complicated...

It's Really Not That Complicated...

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iblowsheep
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

in addition to having skewed ideas about fair pay, Companies also should make decisions based off of the feedback of the people who are doing the work, not an executive or board of directors who have no idea.

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Bored Panda reached out to Steven Mostyn, a best-selling author and CEO of LP Writers, a professional LinkedIn profile writing service, to talk about the disconnect between job seekers and hiring managers. He specializes in recruitment, resumes and job-hunting strategies, and for over 20 years has successfully coached hundreds into finding a new job.

According to Mostyn, one of the motives for setting unrealistic requirements is simply trying to find another worker who has the same set of skills and personality traits as the employee who left. “This is a massive mistake“, he said. “It is better for employers to have realistic expectations on hiring someone new for the role and train any areas that they will be missing. If employers fail to do so, they will never be satisfied with the new hire or have an open position for a very long time."

#3

After 22 Online Rejections And Ghostings, I Finally Got An Interview! When I Arrived I Was Told They Had No Intentions Of Hiring Me And Just Wanted To Encourage Me To Continue My Education

After 22 Online Rejections And Ghostings, I Finally Got An Interview! When I Arrived I Was Told They Had No Intentions Of Hiring Me And Just Wanted To Encourage Me To Continue My Education

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Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In some states, you can sue them for wasting your time under the "False Promises" clause. If they say they are bringing you in for a job interview and they tell you they had no intention of hiring you but encouraging you to continue with your studies, that's a waste of your time and money.

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#4

Ooooof

Ooooof

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Another reason could be that employers often have too little tolerance for applicants who do not meet every role aspect. Mostyn agreed that it could be very discouraging: “The candidate may have tremendous skills, personality, and potential but might be overlooked due to unrealistic expectations by the employer,” he said.

Mostyn told us that if your talents meet the key aspects of the role, tell them all about it during the interview and explain what you can do for the company. “This can sometimes make the employers forget about looking at the nitty-gritty skills and make the focus on what is really important for the job,” he explained to Bored Panda.

However, candidates can also be too critical of themselves. According to this report, men usually apply for a job after meeting around 60% of the criteria, while women feel they need to meet 100%. But this also means that women are more likely to get hired since they make sure that all expectations are met.

#5

I Would Watch That

I Would Watch That

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James016
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For extra fun, hide the bootstraps they always bang on about

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#6

Why So Secret?

Why So Secret?

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because they want your signature in blood on the contract before they tell you that your salary is $12.50 per hour minus the mandatory fees: $1 for coffee money, $2 for heating, lighting and use of office equipment and $1.75 for cleaning your cubicle.

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Lastly, let's not forget new graduates. According to this study, out of almost 4 million job postings on LinkedIn, 35% asked for at least three years of work experience for an entry-level job. Steven Mostyn thinks that the laziness of the employer could be at fault here: “They do not want to go through the trouble and time of training and instead want someone ready to go. This might be fine for the short term, but the employer could lose big time in the future as a candidate with high potential could have done a better job.”

It's clear that expecting too much of your potential employees is harmful for everyone; companies can drag on with the search and applicants can experience a lack of confidence. Recruiters should be more realistic on what qualities the job actually needs instead of just ticking a bunch of boxes on the list. Just remember, if you have ever been in a situation like this, you can always turn to the r/recruitinghell community and share your own recruitment horror stories.

#7

The Truth About "Nobody Wants To Work" (That We All Knew Already)

The Truth About "Nobody Wants To Work" (That We All Knew Already)

MrZJones Report

Eric Law
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Nobody wants to work" = just more BS dreamed up by Fox News to feed their viewers.

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#8

I Just Want A Paycheck While Not Having To Join A Cult

I Just Want A Paycheck While Not Having To Join A Cult

RaxKingIsDead Report

Tom Spade
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why would anyone otherwise be in a place of employment? It's definitely not for the "opportunities"...

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#9

Who Were You In Your Past Life?

Who Were You In Your Past Life?

Wajeehrehman Report

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be fair, I went to an interview for a resource center that helped kids with learning or physical disabilities. She asked if I had any experience working with the disabled. I said "no." She said "Wait...I thought you said you have an autistic son?" I said "I do." She leaned over and said "That's experience....." Well Duh...(Face palm.)

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#10

Burn

Burn

Wajeehrehman Report

Stefan
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Both questions are legitimate. And there shouldn't be any shame or blame to answer them honestly.

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#11

So Inspiring

So Inspiring

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Eric Law
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor people are like that because they don't work hard at having rich parents.

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#12

Not Sure If It Fits Here But Reminded Me Of R/Recruitinghell

Not Sure If It Fits Here But Reminded Me Of R/Recruitinghell

PHRENOL0GY Report

#13

"No One Wants To Work!"

"No One Wants To Work!"

VT_Forever Report

Jeff K
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Employers who say no one wants to work don't understand the economics of supply and demand. There are millions of people without jobs out there, as well as lots of people willing to leave their current jobs. Pay more, increase benefits, make your job environment a positive one, and you'll be able to compete for employees. Don't do these things and you won't.

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#14

Don't Know If This Has Been Posted Here Yet

Don't Know If This Has Been Posted Here Yet

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#15

Better Start Hiring Then...

Better Start Hiring Then...

alaskastardust Report

Lindsey Judd-Bruder
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You don't have to feel bad for the employers. That's okay. But please have a little sympathy for the employEES, who are working on a skeleton crew, doing double work, for slave pay, and getting all kinds of flack from both their bosses, and salty customers, because they're not doing their extra work quickly enough. The employees can't do any hiring or firing, and they have no say in any job advertisements, or misrepresentations therein (or in any repairs or stock orders). They literally have no control. It's not their fault. They're just cogs in a machine, just trying to pay their bills. So hate the employers if you want. That's fair. But PLEASE, be nice to the employees.

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#16

Hard Same

Hard Same

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Why do you want to work for us?” Because I enjoy sleeping indoors.

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#17

I Have Been Interviewing With A Company For Over 6 Weeks And Have Talked To Ten Different Interviewers. Emailed Today Saying I’ve Moved To The Next Round. Finally Sick Of It

I Have Been Interviewing With A Company For Over 6 Weeks And Have Talked To Ten Different Interviewers. Emailed Today Saying I’ve Moved To The Next Round. Finally Sick Of It

its233am Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now THAT'S a polite way to say "fu*k off"

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#18

Robert Half Being Called Out On This Linkedin Post

Robert Half Being Called Out On This Linkedin Post

Soo_ee_sauce Report

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Robert Half is a joke. Right out of accounting classes (back when I was 20) and they wanted to put me in a position that required a CPA.

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#19

Another Way Of Putting It : My Quality Of Life And Mental Health Is Being Dictated By Others

Another Way Of Putting It : My Quality Of Life And Mental Health Is Being Dictated By Others

Adam_Karpiak Report

rspanther
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And you get an interview and you say all the right things, it's the same as your last job and the company ghosts you, and you have no idea why.

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#20

Enough Said

Enough Said

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s not(US), but they’ll call you “unprofessional”.

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#21

Viva La Revolución

Viva La Revolución

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Otter
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The problem with this scheme is that it involves working without being paid.

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#22

And Don’t Forget We’re A Family Here!

And Don’t Forget We’re A Family Here!

lolennui Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But you only get paid a minimum wage for one and should be grateful for the opportunities to get more experience on a wider basis.

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#23

Call It Childhood 2.0

Call It Childhood 2.0

_robertschultz Report

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#24

Sick Of The Lack Of Professionalism

Sick Of The Lack Of Professionalism

blackshheep Report

Monday
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They couldn't even bother to proofread and correct the whole "interviewwith" thing. Spelling mistakes on social media are fine, spelling mistakes in official company communications are not.

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#25

Well Now I'm Just Confused

Well Now I'm Just Confused

WadeLikesPlanes Report

Péter Rózsahegyi
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's clear: you'll have to count polar bears from a North Pole container. You can't leave the container or you'll be eaten. You can't be remote from your remote location.

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#26

Welcome To The Next Level Of Recruiting Hell

Welcome To The Next Level Of Recruiting Hell

LauraMiers Report

Carolyn.Amay
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's so illegal , I can't imagine any business being that blatantly racist... Unless they are trying to get shut down. No wonder there aren't any other comments. So obviously b.s.trying to get attention?

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#27

That’s For Getting Back To Me

That’s For Getting Back To Me

AnggChanell Report

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like my former tutor manager that, somehow, thought I was waiting by the phone with baited breath for her to call. Sorry! Graduated with a 4.0 and had recommendations up the wazzoo from my professors. And you thought I'd choose a low paying tutoring job over a career that pays decently. Later!

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#28

Never-Ending Interviews

Never-Ending Interviews

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Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's called they were looking for someone to put up with the BS of interviews because they were desperate. That's just wrong...

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#29

Every Single Time

Every Single Time

msyoungprofess Report

#30

Welcome To Almost Every Company You Want To Work For Post-School

Welcome To Almost Every Company You Want To Work For Post-School

a000o Report

#31

Can I Vibe?

Can I Vibe?

skhndh Report

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had one friend that got asked this in an interview. Her gap was due to taking care of her dying relative. When the interviewer got pushy about it, she stood up and said "a long unhappy personal tragedy that's none of your business" and walked out. Sometimes our downtime is none of your business...stop asking this question.

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#32

Not Sure If This Is A Repost

Not Sure If This Is A Repost

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Stefan
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Come to work riding it. I hope they have elephant parking place with food and water.

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#33

So On Brand

So On Brand

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Briana Landers
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe if they didnt waste money on all that and its upkeep theyd be able to pay employees jus 25 cents more even hhhh

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#34

Thoughts?

Thoughts?

Advanced_Doctor2938 Report

Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, IF I would be unpaid I expect the job to be, at least, astronaut for the upcoming moon mission. Otherwise, just sod it.

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#35

Why Is This True

Why Is This True

_robertschultz Report

Eric Law
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

High-energy and fast paced because everyone's scrambling to make up for the crappy decisions and lack of planning by management.

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#36

An Employee Asked Me For A Raise But I Didn't Give It To Him So He Resigned. I Really Need Him Now For A Project. How Can I Get Him Back?

An Employee Asked Me For A Raise But I Didn't Give It To Him So He Resigned. I Really Need Him Now For A Project. How Can I Get Him Back?

ddh85 Report

#37

Come On, It’ll Be Fun!

Come On, It’ll Be Fun!

yelpisforsnitches Report

James016
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder what sort of response they were expecting when they put this out

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#38

Wise Words To Live By From Anime

Wise Words To Live By From Anime

Foxedup- , aggretsuko Report

Tom Spade
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pizza parties indicates that you aren't going anywhere for lunch... Lunch is MY time. To have a fine smoke in the parking lot. Big smoke, lol.

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#39

Low Pay But Rewarding?

Low Pay But Rewarding?

heldonbyastring Report

#40

Easiest Way To Get Me To Not Fill Out An Application

Easiest Way To Get Me To Not Fill Out An Application

thetalkingrock Report

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Roses are red; Violets are blue; this is the dumbest thing; I've ever had to do

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#41

Fool Stack Development

Fool Stack Development

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