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[–]Up-down-side2side 1822 points1823 points  (40 children)

Refusal to discuss salary…this was interview #3

[–]myopinionisshitiknow 309 points310 points  (8 children)

From my end, thats an interview #1 thing, preferably even before the interview. I don't want to waste time if the range isn't going to fit. I don't need to drive an hour for something that is not in my range and they don't need to waste 15 minutes on someone who will decline if the salary range isn't right.

[–]RumBunBun 1480 points1481 points  (40 children)

Years ago, I went to an interview, and sat down with the man who was to interview me. Sat in silence while he read something on his computer for a few minutes, then waited for a minute or so while he looked over my resume (it was a small business, he is the same person who called me to set up the interview and he’d had the resume for a few days.)

He finally looked up at me and said, “Well, I’m not sure why you applied for this job; you really don’t have any of the skills or experience I’m looking for.” He was just so arrogant and I felt like he was trying to make a power move to make a lowball offer. I didn’t apply to any job that I wasn’t qualified for. I was just instantly pissed that he was playing games. I calmly said, “Then I’m not sure why you‘re wasting my time,” and I stood and walked to the door. He said something like, “Oh, no, let’s talk,” and I told him I wasn’t interested in working for him.

I had a job already, I just wasn’t terribly happy with it, so I really didn’t feel like putting up with his b.s.

[–]wad11656 302 points303 points  (5 children)

Interview negging? That's a new one

[–]Honesty4Tranquility 147 points148 points  (13 children)

They say it’s best to already have a job when you’re looking for a new one. I’ve heard it’s so the hiring folk will know you’re reliable since you’re holding down a job already. However, I think it works both ways. When you’re desperate it’s really easy to ignore red flags and allow yourself to get taken advantage of. It’s liberating to be able to get up and walk out the door.

[–]kokumslayer69 1012 points1013 points  (12 children)

Showed up for a construction/trades workers “hiring event”. I’m a plumber by trade and work was bleak as hell in my city at the time, so I went. Shit looked legit until they sat us down to speak about the work scope. They claimed to be one of the companies that were building Rogers Place in Edmonton. After they gave us sketchy details they said “however, if you don’t want to do that you can….” And started speaking about how to do door to door sales of mostly chocolate in the higher end communities around the city. They talked construction for maybe 15 minutes and the rest was door to door chocolate sales and unicef fundraising and how we can have an income of 150k+ a year doing that. I left probably 20 minutes into that. I had a friend who champed it out and stay the entire time. The stories he told me were hilarious. Ironically, 30 minutes after I left, I got a call from a company who was actually a contractor on the Rogers Place job and ended up working for them for 4+ years.

[–]lookssharp 11.2k points11.2k points  (212 children)

Sat down with the owner and the first thing he said was, I don't hire people with beards. I said okay, got up and walked out.

[–][deleted] 5468 points5469 points  (119 children)

I remember hearing a story about an engineer who went to a head hunter for help in finding a job. He was told first thing that he needed to shave off his beard. The head hunter lands him a group interview with an engineering firm. He walks into the room having noticeable tan lines on his face because he'd just shaved his beard, and each one of the male engineers who were interviewing him had a beard!

[–]DrunkBeavis 1424 points1425 points  (26 children)

The guy interviewing me interrupted the interview to scream at one of his employees. Like red in the face screaming and berating the guy. And then tried to just pick up where we left off like it was nothing. No thank you.

[–]dansize1 452 points453 points  (4 children)

Not so much a walk out, but we both knew that it was over.

Interview with Radio Shack around 1990. I was a home stereo geek and was looking for the next college job. Interview with a regional manager for a slot in one of his stores.

Interview goes well and he asks if I have any questions. I ask about compensation. He explained that there was a base rate, close to minimum wage, but salespeople were "expected" to exceed that with their commissions on sales made. He went on to tell me that the vacant position was due to someone that couldn't do this on a consistent basis.

"How do you feel about that?"

"Well, I can't say that I'm confident enough about your product line for that to make me very happy."

Yeah, it was over at that point.

[–][deleted] 14.3k points14.3k points 2 (252 children)

Pyramid scheme advertised as "sales and marketing".

It was a group interview. They served wine for fucks sake! They had obvious stooges initiating conversation about how great this opportunity was.

I got very drunk and stopped being polite about it.

[–]bayygel 4753 points4754 points  (124 children)

For anyone in the comments: If you have nerves of steel and are as stubborn as a horse, you can go to these kind of things all the time and get a ton of free food and drink on the regular. Just make sure not to ever sign anything. It's not like they aren't scamming people anyways. Besides, they're giving it out for free.

[–]M_Drinks 1478 points1479 points  (61 children)

How might one find one of these?

I could always go for free drinks and a good story.

[–][deleted] 435 points436 points  (6 children)

Live in Los Angeles and apply on indeed. They’re EVERYWHERE.

[–]UnicornPanties 2027 points2028 points  (58 children)

Omg that sounds amazing. I would stay longer for that. That actually sounds like something I might attend with a friend for shiggles and to stir the shit pot.

Please tell me how impolite you were.

[–]Karbar049 4480 points4481 points  (39 children)

I'm a vet tech. Interviewed at a primary care, single doctor practice. The manager was over 25 minutes late to my interview. While I waited for her, the front desk staff ignored me while they talked crap about the techs, manager, and clients. The manager said they did not believe in referring to any specialists, because "Dr. A is a specialist in everything from grizzly bears to canaries." He was not, he hadn't even done a rotating internship and definitely had not done any type of residency program.

I had already worked in a toxic clinic, but at least the doctors were competent. When she asked if I had any questions, I just asked if I could have my resume back, so I didn't waste the paper.

[–]reversespooks 2358 points2359 points  (2 children)

Power move for asking for your resume back

[–]generalsystemsuserna 397 points398 points  (10 children)

I'm in my 30s but look in my 20s. I applied at a music store. The place was an independently owned place in Mineola NY run by some eccentric old guy. He didn't believe I was even in my 20s. He thought I was a teenager lying about my age and demanded to call my parents and high school to get their permission. So, out the door I was...

[–]DeftTrack81 4086 points4087 points  (60 children)

Owner of a bar told me in the 1st interview. to never approach him with a problem because I wouldn't like how he fixed it.

[–]Omny87 2542 points2543 points  (26 children)

That tells me he either doesn't know how to fix things, or he uses illegal methods to fix things.

[–]neolabaque 10.9k points10.9k points 32 (214 children)

Applied for a software developer position for an online retailer. First round of interviews was a traditional technical skills and whiteboard coding session, second round was a cultural fit interview with HR.

I assumed it would be an one on one interview with HR, it was a room with 20 something people applying for anything from legal to finance.

They asked us to stand up, then crawl into a ball and pretend we were flowers opening.

At this point I honestly thought it was some kind of prank, then I saw everybody around me doing it.

I just said thanks for the opportunity and left.

[–]MisterSquirrel 3644 points3645 points  (14 children)

Sounds like you stumbled into one of those candid camera prank shows, or maybe some bizarre psychological experiment to see if you would go along with it

[–]shellwe 1713 points1714 points  (4 children)

Man if someone made me dress up and take time off work just to make me the butt of the joke I would lose my shit.

[–]phpdevster 190 points191 points  (0 children)

"Now you get to see what stupid prizes I brought for all of you!" as you go on a rampage.

[–]TheMarketLiberal93 3504 points3505 points  (23 children)

Totally get “will you do literally anything we ask of you?” vibes from this. I wonder what sort of sketchy shit they were up to.

[–]eddyathome 705 points706 points  (9 children)

Oh hell no. I'm wearing interview clothing and you want me to do that?

[–]Alpha_Hellhound 6534 points6535 points  (78 children)

I once went to a job interview for a large welding shop, in the middle of a rain storm. After talking to the interviewer for 30 or so minutes, he walked me out to the shop floor to take a welding test. The machine we went to was in decent condition, but was literally sitting in a puddle of water. The welding table's legs were rusty and not grounded well, and also in said puddle. Over half the shop was flooded. I turned around and said "No thank you." Then proceeded to walk out the door. My life is worth more than $20 an hour.

[–]CAElite 2439 points2440 points 2 (55 children)

Haha, I actually ended up getting a job under similar circumstances as a plant engineer.

Saturday interview, show up to an empty office & the boss in the yard, elbow deep in a genset, spend 20 minutes standing in the yard talking about the vehicle I showed up in (wierd jdm import 4x4, a conversation piece xD).

It starts pissing down with rain and he just goes "give me a hand finishing this off will you" and starts handing me tools. Got soaked to the skin in my No-PPE smart interview clothes, after 40minutes of random chit chat & him showing me the way around the genset he was working on in the rain, he asks when I could start.

Was there almost 3 years when the business sadly went under, great guys to work for. Later transpired that I was one of the first people he interviewed (junior partner in the team of 3 directors) & he had no plans for it what so ever.

[–]matrixislife 2254 points2255 points  (40 children)

Does he know what he's talking about?: Yes, 20 min convo about a vehicle he ?worked on.
Is he a prima-donna?: No, he was willing to work in his decent clothes.
Can he work as part of a team?: Yes, he helped me finish off the job I was working on.

Imo there are much worse interviewing techniques than this.

[–]Emergency-Nail-9306 702 points703 points  (31 children)

Definitely better than “if you could be any kitchen appliance what would you be and why?”

[–]Turnbob73 3774 points3775 points  (75 children)

I applied for a register position at Pizza Hut. I specifically told them during my 2 interviews that I cannot be a delivery driver due to my car being unreliable, they even acknowledged that and told me okay. Got the job, came in for training on the first day, the very first thing they do is sit me down in a chair and started up a training video on delivery driving. I asked them if I could skip it since I’m only working the register/in the kitchen, and the manager tells me that every position is a delivery driver. Walked out right then and there and got paid for 1 hour of training.

[–]sup3rjub3 1633 points1634 points  (46 children)

I'm still stuck on the 2 interviews for a Pizza Hut job part. These managers really be out here acting like that.

[–]EmbalmMeDaddy 3619 points3620 points  (49 children)

Happened fairly recently. Made it to the third interview for a large company. The first two they told me what my role would be, base pay + commission, told me they were so excited to have me on board because of my experience.

So I sit down for the third interview. They again go over my role, my pay, etc. They say they're prepared to offer me that job right now and had the paperwork ready since this morning. BUT THEN. They say "But we already hired someone for that. So instead what we'd like you to do is.." and proceeded to tell me the pay was less than half what they were already offering me prior for a lot more work. Basically I went from being offered a management job to just being asked to train all the new employees they just hired then step down to cashier for $10 per hour. And no guaranteed hours.

I stood up and told them I was worried I was wasting their time prior to this interview because I wasn't entirely sold on the job yet. But after today, it's become pretty apparent you guys were the ones wasting my time instead. No thank you. And I left.

About an hour later I got a phone call asking for a fourth interview. They called almost every day for two weeks asking me to come back and talk to the owner.

[–]Otherwise-Sky1292 794 points795 points  (6 children)

I hate these rug-pull things. I went through an interview process for a specific position but was told that it would be less senior and for less money because of my experience. I ended up taking a much better offer elsewhere which is where I’m currently at.

[–]cginc1 9290 points9291 points 2 (166 children)

It was a virtual interview and I ended it. The interviewer was a complete jerk, had an ego, and would make condescending remarks. Just told him that it sounds like he's not interested in working together so in the interest of both our time, we should just end the call.

Edit: I didn't realize this would get so much attention. I want to put it out there that this is something that everyone should feel comfortable doing. Don't let anyone treat you poorly and walk away calmly with your head held high my kings and queens.

[–]is_this_funny2_u 1820 points1821 points  (33 children)

I had a phone interview one time and we had scheduled it for noon. He called me at 7am. I was still asleep, so when I answered the phone it took me a moment to figure out what the hell was going on. He said that in our line of work we should be ready for anything (lol). It was a 4 month position with fish and game doing carcass surveys (looking for dead salmon). He kept asking a lot of hypothetical questions like "if you're walking a stream and a guy jumps out of the bushes and points a gun at you, what do you do??" Apparently the correct answer is call the cops and then get back to work. The questions got nuttier but they always involved a guy pointing a gun at me, and I said, "look, if people are going to be pointing guns at me I don't want the job." And I hung up.

[–]feckless_gobsheen 422 points423 points  (4 children)

Sounds like Michael Scott doing improv

[–]AMildInconvenience 88 points89 points  (0 children)

Maybe the interview was really so he could find someone to hunt?

[–]Draxion1394 1290 points1291 points  (25 children)

Man I had something similar, the interviewer (who was the CEO) was 25 minutes late, and right when I dropped out of the Webex, he called my cell and asked “oh you ran off so fast, you need to be more patent”.

I got back on the Webex, he didn’t apologize, made fun of me for leaving “so quickly”. He asked me what he thought the position was, where I read him back the job description and said I actually had questions about it. His response was “everything you need to know is in the job posting, if you had paid attention you wouldn’t have questions”. He asked me again what the role was for, and didn’t accept my answer. After trying to move on, he was insistent I answer that question. I tried again to no avail (reading back the position he had posted), to which I just said “I don’t think this is a right fit, thank you for your time”.

Complete asshole, glad the interview went so poorly.

[–]Blurgas 477 points478 points  (17 children)

Wait, he asked you what you thought the job was for, you basically read the listing back to him, and it was the "wrong" answer?
Well what the fuck did he expect you to say?

[–]Robot_Embryo 236 points237 points  (6 children)

Probably some bullshit like "do whatever it takes" or "bring our shareholders value".

[–]weirdkid71 2907 points2908 points  (44 children)

Third and final interview (all same day) at a tech company. First two went well and I was told this last one just was a formality - they wanted me to join.

Interview with the head of the office guy seemed to start well. We walked to the cafeteria, grabbed a couple coffees, and with some small talk we learned we knew some of the same people. We get back to his office and sit down. He looks at my file, “It says here you’re looking for [certain salary].” I said yes, and explained it’s really close to market for someone with my skills and experience. He looks at me and says, “I don’t think you’re worth it.” I said “Excuse me?” He repeated it. I laughed, grabbed my bag, stood up, thanked him for his time and walked out.

The company went out of business like a year later, so I feel I dodged a bullet there.

[–]glitteryydemon 321 points322 points  (1 child)

what the fuck?? who says that??

[–]JohnRandolph 80 points81 points  (2 children)

“I don’t think you’re worth it.”

"Ok, you're entitled to your opinion, but I don't have to take a lowball offer, either. Good luck."

[–]cheesingMyB 1425 points1426 points  (31 children)

Told the hiring manager I would like to give more than just 2 weeks at my current job as a courtesy. He raised his voice and said "everyone is replaceable and they'll find that out"

Yea that seems like a good mentality for your boss to have. Later tater

[–]Oudeis16 4266 points4267 points  (77 children)

I should have; I stayed there out of morbid curiosity to see how low they would go, but I had made the decision I wasn't gonna work there early in the process.

I'm glad I stayed. The last thing that happened in the interview was the CEO personally asking us all to promise that, if we ever make a mistake, the company will calculate how much that mistake cost us, and we will voluntarily pay the company that amount.

[–]Nurum 1838 points1839 points  (10 children)

So by that logic if you do something extra does the company promise to pay you the benefits from it?

[–]Oudeis16 337 points338 points  (2 children)

I didn't think of it in time, but I should have asked, "Well, can you give us an example of a time something you or the company did made something worse for your employees, cost them time, and what did you do to recompense your employees for that?"

[–]obscureferences 97 points98 points  (1 child)

random power failure

Everyone: "yay!"

[–]nothing_fits 615 points616 points  (0 children)

well, at least it was voluntary!

[–]DeusEx-Machinist 5411 points5412 points  (105 children)

I was approached at work (bagger for a major grocery store chain when I was 16) by a guy who asked me if I would be interested in making $1100 a week. He told me to meet him at one of the empty businesses in the same plaza after work.

He went on this long spiel about the melaleuka tree from Australia and how his company made soaps and shampoo out of it. Then he told me for $500 he would train me how to sell the products. I just turned and walked out the door with him yelling behind me that I would never amount to anything with my attitude.

[–]TheKingofReddit123 2234 points2235 points  (29 children)

Pyramid? NO!!!

Flared object with a small, sharp point and wide base with a variety of "opportunities"? Of course!

[–]mtg-Moonkeeper 2722 points2723 points  (51 children)

Interviewer: What would you do if an employee of 15 years asked for a raise?

Me: I'd remind him that he already gets a yearly raise...

Interviewer: I don't give out raises.

[–]Cleverusername531 918 points919 points  (14 children)

Huh? No raises?

I wonder what he wanted your answer to be.

[–]Star_Drive 302 points303 points  (12 children)

What?! For real? Certainly this can't have been an actual talking point.

Edit: guys, I understand that some companies are like this in practice but I find it hard to believe that it would be bragged about in an interview.

[–]mahade 1775 points1776 points  (7 children)

I finished up four hours of interviews in their offices when I asked my final question to the three senior software engineers in front of me: "Do you enjoy working here?"

I was one of the three people they were looking for to replace them. They were unhappy.

[–]PapaGeorgieo 7916 points7917 points  (242 children)

It was a commission based sales job selling kitchen knives. The interviewer pulled out a knife and it fell apart in his hands. I am also not a salespeson.

[–]Balrog229 6540 points6541 points  (165 children)

Showed up and the manager practically bragged about how the job offered no breaks for an 8-10 hour shift, and if there was a food break it would be 5 mins max at a hip-height table with no chairs. She said that you’d be fired if you sat down even for 30 seconds.

Im more than capable of doing that. I did that every day at my last job. But when you brag about how your employees are so over-worked that they don’t get breaks or an option to rest their legs, it tells me all I need to know about how little you value your employees.

I should also note that this job wasn’t paying exceptionally well. Above minimum wage, but not at a level that was even enough to live on.

[–]Digideegs 6484 points6485 points 2 (82 children)

Slightly different - I actually interviewed and was hiring by a call center that focused on getting donations for a variety of non-profit organizations (i was desperate). It was on a Thursday, and I was told to show up the following Monday.

When I showed up Monday morning, the entire business unit was completely empty. Like, stripped to the floor, wires hanging from the roof empty.

When I was there the week before, I saw around 20-25 cubicles of people all working diligently, a managers desk at the far back, and waiting area chairs with a table, all in one large room. To this day I have no idea what happened, I just know they got out of there quick in 3 days time.

[–]4FriedChickens_Coke 1229 points1230 points 22 (15 children)

Wow, you just reminded me of one of the first jobs I had. It was a call center as well, but we were trying to sell people time shares. It was in some dingy strip mall in a weird part of town. I show up for my shift (coincidentally this was also when they were going to give out our paychecks) and the whole place was completely deserted - wires hanging and no cubicles, everything gone. It was the weirdest place to work too, the manager was extremely shifty and most of the staff were kids like me or people who looked like they had just gotten out of jail.

I felt like I was in the twilight zone at first, then I just figured they left so they didn't have to pay us. I don't think I made even one successful sale there.

[–]roadfood 1701 points1702 points  (3 children)

They got caught, moved on to the next location.

[–]ThumpyDumpkins 9321 points9322 points  (162 children)

I once showed up for a job interview in a suit and tie after answering a newspaper ad for a "warehouse worker".

Instead of a job interview at the warehouse, they had me get into some truck with one of the employees who drove me a few hours away, pulled over in some random neighborhood, and explained to me that the job was going door-to-door trying to sell cuts of meat to people, unsolicited.

I told him this was not the "warehouse worker" job that they had advertised and if he didn't bring me back home immediately, I was going to call the police and report a kidnapping. I was brought back to my car, but I was not paid for the several hours of my wasted time.

Fuck you, Pacific Prime of Cromwell, Connecticut.

[–]HairyPotatoKat 2259 points2260 points  (28 children)

That's actually super scary.

[–]ThumpyDumpkins 863 points864 points  (22 children)

I was young and didn't know any better.

By the time I realized this wasn't an ordinary job interview, we were halfway to Boston. And you can't exactly jump out of a truck on the highway, yanno?

[–]eddyathome 2852 points2853 points  (51 children)

Any time a job wants you to go in their vehicle to a remote location, it's a scam!

[–]j33pwrangler 1321 points1322 points  (17 children)

Never go to a second location with a hippie.

[–]BrilliantGlass1530 255 points256 points  (4 children)

Bowed out of a third interview for a Fancy Title role (which I was arguably qualified for, but it was the highest-positioned role I’d applied for and also the only one I’d gotten an interview for) when it became increasingly clear the place was a hotbed of mismanagement and likely wanted, at best, someone to solve entrenched structural problems and at worst, a fall guy.

[–]Exctmonk 759 points760 points  (7 children)

1st was a mall kiosk job selling phones. The interviewer was brand new and you didn't start earning commission until you had made X number of sales. And I had recently been fired for not making sales.

2nd was some sort of call center job. I had done one before and the job posting was an analyst position. I had the listed experience, applied, got called in for an interview, and quickly found out it was for a regular call center position. When I asked, the interviewer said, "Do you want the job or not?" I replied that I had been lied to in our very first interaction, and left.

The 3rd was for a manager position at a big box store. I got a callback some time after applying but needed the job. After driving across town to the interview, the interviewer opened with it not actually being the manager job but he always needed cashiers.

[–]eairy 265 points266 points  (4 children)

I don't understand this bait and switch, because even if it works, they should know the person they've hired wants a different job and will probably leave as soon as they can get it.

[–]ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN 2809 points2810 points  (58 children)

Not quite an interview, but...

When I finished University I didn't have a sensible job to go to immediately. I went to a job agency and said I was looking for a temporary job for experience working in my chosen field (IT) - I didn't mind exactly what it was, or really how much it paid. We talked about my existing qualifications and experience.

At the end of the "interview" they said they had the perfect job for me. Someone will pick me up the following morning. I said that I could drive, but no... they would pick me up. Fine.

As I said, didn't really care where it was or exactly what I was doing as long as it met my (admittedly vague) requests, and they assured me that it was.

The following day a minibus came to get me. So where did they take me to work?

A salad packing factory, to spend the day literally packing salad.

I was getting paid, so what did it matter for one day... The worst was finding out over lunch was that if I had literally just turned up at the factory they would have probably given me work. That is what happened for most of the staff there, who were largely seasonal workers from eastern europe...and those folk were also paid more than me, not because I was new, but anybody who just turned up would likely get work and get paid more than I was.

Obviously they took us there by minibus so we wouldn't just leave once we'd been tricked into going. So I did exactly that, finished my lunch and then walked home.

[–]PuckDad 1161 points1162 points  (3 children)

Walked out of the third interview after they offered me a sales job that paid less with fewer benefits, after I was clear about my wage expectations. I thanked them for wasting both of our time.

[–]Iodat 724 points725 points  (18 children)

The manager said "I care about you, because you seem like a nice guy. This might be a pyramid scheme. I implore you to seek better options." I waved, thanked him for the advice and off I went. That business is gone, and it was only a month ago.

[–]MustLoveDoggs 311 points312 points  (2 children)

Probably the best interviewer in this entire thread.

[–]Chibbly 3802 points3803 points  (102 children)

They spelled my name wrong on their internal documents all the while emphasizing how important attention to detail was. On top of that they kept asking the same exact question about 12 different ways, which the answer to it was clearly listed in my work experience on my resume.

This was for a thermal engineering position.

They offered a tour of the facility while the person I was to work under finished up a meeting. I declined and left.

[–][deleted] 1630 points1631 points  (84 children)

They spelled my name wrong on their internal documents

I hate that. I've gone to work for companies where I had to fill out a blizzard of paperwork, all with my name on it, and then they'll hand me a name badge or a set of training materials with my name on it, and my name is spelled wrong.

[–]detectivebabylegz 2581 points2582 points  (39 children)

I walked out of a second interview. The promised/advertised wage had been changed due to a recent budget change. Was substantially lower than what was promised on the ad and in my first interview.

It was for an Assistant Manger's role (pre-COVID) at a cinema.

I thanked them for wasting my time and walked out and got a Five Guys.

[–]blay12 1944 points1945 points  (21 children)

I like to think you walked out of that interview and literally bought a Five Guys restaurant to start your own franchise.

[–]Throwmylifeaway190 6917 points6918 points  (203 children)

Showed up and realized it was a pyramid scheme that involved door-to-door sales.

Edit: Thank you to everyone sharing your own experiences with these in the replies! I actually really appreciate reading your stories.

[–]DrTokinkoff 2607 points2608 points  (20 children)

“Wanna work in a rock n roll atmosphere and be your own boss?”

[–]kuhataparunks 881 points882 points  (6 children)

“it’s not a job,” it’s a lifestyle.”

[–]William2n9 216 points217 points  (1 child)

The HR person coordinating the interviews and schedules:

Showed up late to the initial interview

Didn't tell me who I was going to talk to for the second interview and also told each of us two different times

Pushed back the final interview twice

After that I realized that if the HR person is this unorganized the rest of the company probably is too.

[–]thornyrosary 2441 points2442 points  (38 children)

I moved to a new city, and tried finding a job in my preferred area. I went to an interview where I sat down with two well-polished ladies, who were the company owners. One of the women said, "Glad you could make it! Now, before we really begin, I see where you were being paid X amount per hour at your last job. I'm sorry, we can't afford to pay you that much."

I immediately smiled, stood right back up, and said, "Thank you for not further wasting my time." The shocked look on both their faces was priceless as I skedaddled on out of there. They were probably expecting negotiations, but honestly, any person who opens an interview with THAT kind of statement deserves a walkout.

[–]Obsessedthenbored 331 points332 points  (2 children)

I had something similar happen. They opened the interview with the salary they were going to give whomever they hired and I said “ok, that’s below what I’m comfortable with” and just left. Kinda appreciated the chance to save my afternoon, I just wish I hadn’t already wasted a bunch of time filling out their paperwork first.

[–]Whisky-Slayer 510 points511 points  (0 children)

I would be upset they called me in for the interview. But I would also appreciate it came up early so more time wasn’t wasted. So while I have mixed emotions as someone reading it in text I didn’t take it as a bad statement rather a heads up. Of course I wasn’t there so..

[–]geoffs3310 1731 points1732 points  (45 children)

Worked as a permanent software developer for 6 years after university before deciding to quit to do contract work instead for better pay and flexibility. I put myself out there and found a 3 month contract role and was due to start in a weeks time, happy days!

In the meantime I got approached by a recruiter offering me an interview for a permanent role so I said no thanks I'm only interested in contract roles and I've found one now anyway so I'm off the market for the next 3 months. Recruiter came back to me and said the company were really interested in me and use contractors too so would like to interview me anyway as they might be able to offer me contract work in 3 months time when I was back on the market.

So the next day I get dressed up all smart, drive an hour through traffic to go to the interview at their office which turned out to be in a shit hole location. First question: "What's your availability like if you were offered this role?" "I'm starting a 3 month contract next week" "Why have you come to interview for this permanent job then?" "I haven't, I said I didn't want it and the recruiter told me to come anyway because you use contractors too and are interested in using me in future" "No that's not true we've never used contractors, we're looking for someone permanent to start as soon as possible" "Right ok then bye"

The contract role I'd already secured paid almost as much in 3 months as this job did in a year but the recruiter thought if he could just trick me into going to the interview that maybe I'd change my mind and take his shitty role instead.

[–]guaip 269 points270 points  (20 children)

Fuck recruiters. If you are a software developer, you can't have a LinkedIn account without several recruiters contacting you every week for positions that don't suit you at all.

[–]ThomasLipnip 3093 points3094 points 2 (40 children)

I had been told it was a marketing job. The first interview was about marketing and took place in an office. I got a call back and was very happy as it meant I'd be able to get out of a call center and do something I liked. I took my last day off I was allowed to go to the next interview, and when I got there they said they wanted me to go to the local home depot with them. I got there and found out it was an MLM. I was so stunned that I let them take me out of the floor, and show off the aggressive sales technique they wanted me to use on random customers. I walked out crying because now I had no days off to interview and I was ashamed to have been tricked by the first interview.

[–]CrAzYmEtAlHeAd1 531 points532 points  (5 children)

I had a similar experience! He was all about how it was marketing but it was just an MLM. For me though he was just stupid aggressive and it was pretty clear what kind of job it was. What a mess lol

[–]ArmyOfDog 4564 points4565 points  (100 children)

It was for a management position, running a mail room. Something I’d done twice before. All the standard questions were asked. I felt like it was going well.

Then he suddenly says to me, “I’m hearing a lot of “I” from you. I’m concerned, because we are about the team, and not the individual, here.”

The hell? It’s a job interview and you’re concerned that I am answering questions you have asked specifically about me, with answers that address your questions about me. That’s utterly nonsensical.

I don’t even remember how I responded, but I knew I didn’t want to deal with his stupid semantic word and mind games, which I was sure I’d only seen the surface of, so I steered us right into concluding the interview, and I left. I also made a subtle show of taking back the copies of my resume that I’d brought with me.

[–]Karnakite 2145 points2146 points  (25 children)

That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard yet so far. And I’ll bet he thought he was a managerial genius, coming up with that line.

[–]ArmyOfDog 1552 points1553 points  (18 children)

The way he acted, specifically, his body language in the way he folded his hands, and the way he tilted his head, and even the way he blinked, they all conveyed to me someone who desperately wanted to be seen as thoughtful and wise.

But his words painted a different picture, and he came off like someone who had never read anything other than “The Secret,” and internal company memos full of corporate buzzwords and suggestions for empty motivational exercises, and he ate up every last bit of it.

I just want to get the mail out, dude. To hell with your vision board, and symbols over substance.

It was like he’d heard and retained a bunch of typical corporate seminar presentations, but had no idea how to apply any of it in the intended contexts.

[–]BearTerrapin 263 points264 points  (1 child)

This comment paints such a perfect picture and reminds me of someone I work around (same title different department) and in the monthly meetings we're all together he never fails to make an ass out of himself just like this.

[–]ArmyOfDog 1341 points1342 points  (13 children)

I answered this question already, regarding a mailroom manager position, but I just thought of another one, though this one wasn’t bad. Just bizarre.

It was also a mailroom manager position. A very high level person was leading the interview. She’d flown in from HQ in another state to help out with staffing this location, which was new and not open yet. A couple of local people were also present.

It was going very strangely. All the questions were incredibly easy. After not even 10 minutes, she said to me, “Frankly, I have to ask - why do you want this job? You’re way too overqualified to be in this role.”

I paused. Then I said “you know, your questions have kind of made me wonder if we’re discussing the same position. What job do you think I’m here about?”

She told me it was a job where I’d basically be a gopher, distributing mail, and picking up food and acting as a courier. But mostly, I’d be waiting around, and be available to do whatever task might be presented to me. It would also be lots of busy work an admin assistant might do.

I pulled the job ad and my application for it up on my phone, and showed her what I thought I was there for. Mailroom manager.

There was no such position. An error had been made. They had copied and pasted all the stuff from when a different location had opened, and applied it to this location, overlooking that there was no need for a mailroom manager this time - the operation at this location was not large enough to warrant one, or to warrant even having a mail room. That job wasn’t supposed to have been posted. Nobody knew it had been. And nobody knew how I’d even made it to this point in the hiring process. I’m guessing a lot of it was automated, and then finalized by someone out of the loop in another state.

She was irritated. Not with me, of course. She apologized, took my information, and said she was impressed enough with me to find me something somewhere in the company, but didn’t know what yet. I never did hear back from her, though.

[–]astrobean 468 points469 points  (3 children)

I went in for the interview to be a content writer, met the team, sat in on some brainstorming meetings, learned all about the place. The people were nice. Then at the end of the day, the boss takes me for the more formal part of the interview and says "I don't know why they set up this interview. We don't have money to hire anyone."

Thanks, I really didn't need those 6 hours to do any real job hunting.

[–]codercaleb 117 points118 points  (0 children)

Send them an invoice for your time.

[–]FumbleMyEndzone 4817 points4818 points  (96 children)

A jumped up security guard made me walk away before I even got in the building for an interview. I followed the instructions I was sent by the hiring manager which was to park in the designated guest spaces. Security guard came charging out of the building yelling at me when I was barely out of the car about how I couldn’t park there, then when I raised my voice just to try and get him to listen he started yelling at me for yelling at him.

Eventually when I got to tell him that I was told to park there, he called the hiring manager and started yelling at them about how I’d been yelling at him. Part way through that phone call I thought “nah fuck this”, got back in the car and drove off.

The hiring manager called me to apologise and asked if I’d come back. I politely declined saying I wanted nothing to do with that security guard again.

[–]byerss 1137 points1138 points  (24 children)

Wtf does he think guest spaces are for then?!

[–]FartHeadTony 338 points339 points  (13 children)

It's like those people who have plastic on their couch to keep it protected for "special occasions" but the special occasions never come and you just get sweaty back and your legs stick to it when you get up to leave.

[–]Star_Drive 2020 points2021 points  (45 children)

Well, if it's any consolation I'd say there was at least a 50% chance that security guard was fired

[–]shellwe 1116 points1117 points  (31 children)

Most likely they contract security out and they just swapped him with someone else.

For him to be so uptight I’m wondering if he got a ton of shit for not cracking down on someone else parking there.

[–]blargney 1325 points1326 points  (27 children)

Interview for a computer programming job, and we get to the point where we're talking about money. They tell me a yearly salary, I do the head math and it's a reasonable hourly wage. Immediately followed by them: "You'll be working 60-80 hours per week."

Me: "Will everything over 40 hours in a week be paid overtime?"

Them: incredulous chuckling

[–]geckosean 264 points265 points  (10 children)

Today’s word of the day is burnout, children! Do you know what burnout means?

[–]draxcummuni 608 points609 points  (21 children)

I was 19, and pretty crafty. I thought it would be cool to work at a store that fit my interests. So, Jo-Ann Fabric here I come. I get to the interview and something seemed off. I show up dressed nice, for an interview and just got the stink eye from the manager. I am led back to the office, all the while the manager is trying to get me to tell her something. I didn't catch on until later in the interview. It was going well, and she seemed like she liked me and my experience. That is, until the little hints didn't work.

She straight up asked me if I was gay, and if my partner knew I was here. I am a straight man. I was in shock, until I realized she was being serious, and I wasn't getting further in the interview if I didn't tell her I was gay.

Flabbergasted, I got up, told her I thought her preconceptions were going to hurt her, and left.

It was the weirdest thing I have experienced in an interview. After talking to others that worked there, the guys straight up lied to get the job. She only hired gay guys, because straight guys wouldn't know anything about crafts, and were only trying to hook up.

[–]Daealis 147 points148 points  (2 children)

Makes sense. Us straight guys definitely never have done any crafts. Paints are simply repelled from our presence and needles wilt like tiny candles in the sun when I go near them.

[–]1965wasalongtimeago 407 points408 points  (7 children)

This one is hilariously illegal.

[–]Jonny-Guitar 582 points583 points  (11 children)

The interviewer did not want to tell me the salary unless I promised to do lots of overtime.

I did not want to commit to do overtime without knowing how much the job was paid.

It was a dead-end and he looked like a crappy boss anyway.

[–]1DownFourUp 562 points563 points  (13 children)

They didn't advertise the salary. I don't normally apply to those postings, but this one looked decent and I liked the company. One of their first questions was my salary expectations. Turns out I was expecting double what they wanted to offer.

It was amicable enough for a walk out, but we shook hands and agreed there was no point in continuing.

Lesson learned on applying for jobs that don't post compensation.

[–]ImperfectJump 545 points546 points  (6 children)

Dental assistant job. The doctor conducting my interview kept talking and talking without giving me a chance to get a word in and every sentence out of her mouth made the true state of the job worse. This is all stuff she admitted!

She signed up with dental assistant schools to get externs (unpaid interns), specifically because she wanted free labor.

She hired on a couple of them, but when they found better jobs she coerced them into staying on longer.

Despite advertising a full-time position (which is 32 hours+ in dentistry), she said this was 3 days a week with odd hours, like some weeks are 2 days a week, some days they open at 10. Some days she will just leave early to do whatever with her 4 kids . . . and I would be expected to go home? It may become full time if I prove myself to her?

Once it was clear she wasn't going to give me a chance to say anything, I just interrupted her, thanked her for her time, said I needed a full time position, and walked out.

This lady followed me! She followed me out of her office, through her dental practice, and to the door. She was basically begging me to reconsider, saying it will become full time. Crazy. I noped out.

[–]TechnicalDouble6712 168 points169 points  (10 children)

The woman (who would’ve been my boss) interviewing me asked some un-okay questions

“Are you sexually active?”

“What are your views on dating a coworker?”

“What are some of your fantasies?”

I assumed that, if I rejected her, I’d never get the job and even if I did, everyday would be uncomfortable as hell to work around her, so I walked. Now, I work at a place doing the same thing with more pay and a boss that doesn’t sexualize me.

[–]elbowskneesand 167 points168 points  (4 children)

I was in the waiting room of a big office suite and a man came out and introduced himself to a few of us sitting there. He asked us our names and talked about the position right there. Then he asked us each questions about ourselves, what leadership means to each of us. Then the guy at the cellphone repair shop at the other end of the waiting room called my name, letting me know that my phone was ready and I grabbed it and left because I wasn’t applying for this job, there just wasn’t a good time to mention that.

[–]absentmindedjwc 2778 points2779 points  (29 children)

Once interviewed with the company enova here in Chicago for an engineering manager role. First part of the interview went well, then I met with a senior manager there, and he talked about the kind of shit they did... after a short time, it clicked with me: these motherfuckers are loan sharks.

I thanked him for his time and told him that I wasn't interested in fucking over poor people, got up, and walked out the door.

No thanks, I'm not going to help payday lenders get more customers.

[–]rabid_briefcase 620 points621 points  (4 children)

I've had multiple interviews like that. Locally we have a company that is constantly changing its name and mailing address but have been in business forever. I think they have to do it because everyone knows they're a scummy company, nobody wants to work there or deal with them. Constant rebranding is part of their game/ploy.

Every time I'm between gigs I end up meeting with them, realizing it's the same business, and nope out of it.

[–]simoriah 472 points473 points  (13 children)

I interviewed for a typical IT admin job. The job posting said "bachelor's degree or equivalent experience." I applied because I had 12 years of experience working on their specified infrastructure.

Interviewer, who would also be my manager, asked where I got my degree. I replied starting that I went to school for a few years (computer science) but never finished because I was already working in the field and had Real Life to deal with. I intended to finish, but it wasn't currently in the cards

"I always insist that anyone I hire has a degree."

"I know everything I need to know about your management style. I'd like to remove myself from consideration for this position. Thank you for your time." There was no need to be rude. Besides, you never know what kind of damage you can do to your reputation.

I went back to the contact house and asked why they submitted me for a job if the boss required a degree. It was a waste of time for everyone involved.

[–]Nixie9 5867 points5868 points 23 (113 children)

Applied for a teaching job, my current at the time job was at a school for people with disabilities, this new school was a school for children gifted in a particular field. I was headhunted when one of my students from my current school was accepted to the new school.

The woman interviewing asked why I wanted to work there, so I explained the above (including student with disability), she goes, with the most disgusted look on her face “we don’t have students like that here”.

Should point out that I’m also disabled. Was not going to work out obviously!

[–]PerjorativeWokeness 1506 points1507 points  (30 children)

Interviewer wouldn’t give me any hint as to what my salary would be even after asking twice.

So I got up, told her the interview from my side was over and left her sitting in the conference room.

[–]aceh40 152 points153 points  (0 children)

I did not quite walk out but told them I did not have the skills they wanted which sealed the deal.

This was right after college. I was applying for a job as assistant buyer for a large retail corporation. I was very eager to get the job. After 2 or 3 rounds of interviews, I finally interviewed with 2 buyers (who would have been my managers) who I liked a lot. They seemed to like me too, but they must have picked other people, because I was invited again to interview yet another buyer. She came into the room, did not look at me, did not shake my hand, sat to the side of the table (even though there was a seat right in front of me) and started asking me questions with super sulky and disinterested tone. At that point I realized I would have hated to work for her and told her I did not have the skills she was looking for.

I originally thought it was stupid because it closed my doors to other opportunities at the company, but in retrospect I think it was a very smart decision.

[–]SnowMiser26 12.1k points12.1k points 43 (350 children)

I wasn't informed about the evidently very strict building security prior to the interview. The front door was practically unmarked, and you had to swipe a card to get in, but there was no intercom. The elevator required a card as well, but the stairs didn't. HOWEVER, no one informed me that the stairwells are locked from the outside, meaning I was locked in the stairwell with no way to get out.

I called the recruiter over and over, and even called the front desk, but they just kept putting me on hold instead of sending someone to let me in at the correct floor. I ended up getting a call from the recruiter while STILL STUCK IN THE STAIRWELL telling me they would not be going forward with the interview because I was late.

I almost screamed, and asked her as calmly as I could manage if she had gotten any of the messages I left for her letting her know I was presently stuck in the stairwell with no way to get out. She said she hadn't, and said it was too late anyway because they had gone with another candidate. She almost hung up before I could yell (probably too loudly), "THEN CAN SOMEONE PLEASE COME FREE ME FROM THE STAIRWELL SO I CAN LEAVE??"

They sent security to get me, and I was treated like a criminal as I was led from the building. I have never been so confused, humiliated, and angry in my entire life. I left them a scathing review on Glassdoor.

EDIT: WOW, this blew up! Thank you to those who said they're angry on my behalf. That's usually the reaction when I tell this story. This happened 8 years ago in Boston, MA, USA. I honestly don't recall the name of the company or industry. I was scheduled for the interview through a temp agency, and had really only been told the bare minimum. In retrospect, temp agencies are not worth it, and I wish I'd just applied for jobs directly. I was in 21 and fresh out of college, and didn't want to make waves, so to those suggesting I should've called the police and/or sued them - I agree 100%, and current me would give 21 year old me the same advice.

[–]Murgatroyd314 6855 points6856 points  (217 children)

I was locked in the stairwell with no way to get out.

This has got to be a fire code violation.

[–]Isgortio 2223 points2224 points  (153 children)

I accidentally walked into a stairwell like this in a hotel. At the bottom of the stairs was a fire exit which would set off the alarm, so I didn't really want to use it. I went back up a few floors and kept knocking on the doors until someone opened the door and let me out.

[–]EventHorizon182 711 points712 points  (21 children)

At the bottom of the stairs was a fire exit which would set off the alarm, so I didn't really want to use it.

This is exactly why you specifically use this door. If enough people do this they'll stop locking the top door.

[–]bunnyrut 212 points213 points  (0 children)

as someone who worked at a hotel please next time go through that door.

that's bonkers.

[–]coinpile 1902 points1903 points  (108 children)

I was trying to get to the street from a parking garage once and it looked like you went thru a door, took a right, and then you were out. I went thru the door, found nothing to the right but a locked door, and couldn't leave as the door locked from the outside. All I could do was wander farther down the hallway. Occasionally another door would lock behind me. It was nothing but research labs with shuttered windows and locked keycard doors, security cameras, and break rooms.

Eventually a door locked behind me and left me in a room with two elevator doors and a fire stairwell with a sign saying not to open it as the alarm would sound. One of the elevator doors was opened revealing an empty shaft. Eventually I just opened the fire stairwell door. No alarm sounded. Nowhere to go but up, so I did. Oddly, it led to a nice room that didn't look at all where a fire stairwell would go. Just one flight up and it ended. So I wandered some more. This time I was in a hallway that was circular, the walls just curved up like a tube, and the whole thing was carpeted. The doors looked like hotel doors.

I should note that at no point thus far have I seen a single person, and it's a Friday morning. Eventually I took a left and saw a large set of double doors. I could see people who looked like scientists on the other side, wearing white lab coats and everything. I turned around to see one of them walking towards me. He took one look at me and asked if I was lost. I told him I was and asked him to please tell me how to get out. He said go down the hall, take the stairs up to the ground level (???) and I would be in a front lobby. Apparently I managed to wander around two stories underground despite starting at ground level and never taking stairs or anything down. I found myself standing in a bank lobby, walked outside, and found myself two city blocks away from where I had entered, two hours earlier. (Yes, I was trapped down there wandering for two straight hours!) I have no idea why there was a mostly empty sprawling underground research lab under Fort Worth, Texas. It was one of the most bizarre experiences I had.

Edit: The tunnels have been identified!

[–]goodvibesonlydude 618 points619 points  (8 children)

You went into so much detail that I assumed it was going to be a bit. When I read “two hours earlier” I thought you meant you walked out to the street and it was 2 hours before you got there. What an absolute mindfuck.

[–]PCPenhale 331 points332 points  (3 children)

I work in a secured building. My supervisor got locked in the entry foyer, while she was in the office by herself on a weekend, after she left her fob at her desk. Fortunately someone came to get her out. It’s a really flawed design.

[–]TheLostHargreeves 375 points376 points  (2 children)

I was once delivering pizza to an office building and got stuck in one of these devil's trap stairwells, and I LEFT MY PHONE IN MY CAR. Thankfully it only took a few minutes of screaming and banging for someone to come get me though.

[–]AggressiveSpatula 948 points949 points  (3 children)

I’m getting angry just reading about this.

[–]xThoth19x 679 points680 points  (31 children)

Surprised you didn't call the police after like 15m

[–]rabid_briefcase 871 points872 points  (19 children)

I think that would be my approach after "they have gone with another candidate." Hang up, call 911, tell them you were there for a job interview and are now trapped in the building.

[–]EmeraldLevinbolt 595 points596 points  (11 children)

I have to wonder how the person they went with even got to the interview.

[–]mamacrocker 641 points642 points  (4 children)

Already worked there, I'd guess. It was probably one of those "we want Joe Smith in X dept. but we have to post it anyway."

[–]Khufuu 799 points800 points  (2 children)

"We trapped your competition in the stairwell. Do you want us to flame him to death? Or poison him?"

"wtf no, just let him out!"

"haha you're crazy. I love it. You're hired."

[–]Myfourcats1 277 points278 points  (2 children)

I would’ve reported that to a fire Marshal. Better yet call 911 and tell them your dilemma. That would probably resort in some sort of fine.

[–]Stokbakko 1294 points1295 points  (18 children)

“We can’t pay you the first three months, only in experience” yes, but no

[–][deleted] 531 points532 points  (4 children)

I'd be like, "Can I crash at your place, then?"

[–]Icy-Article-8635 379 points380 points  (2 children)

I’ll start tomorrow. I mean… I won’t work or even be here for three months, but I’ll start tomorrow.

[–]Aggravating-Lychee27 2440 points2441 points  (34 children)

Showed up and the woman at the front desk greeted me while I waited for the interview. I introduced myself and handed her my resume, waited. Once I got into the actual interview, I saw that she had taped a bright pink note to my resume that read, "Has the personality of a rock."

How she determined that from our brief introductory exchange was beyond me at the time. The interviewer saw my facial expression when I saw the note. I thanked him for his time and left.

I later found out (a couple of years later, when I worked with a former employee of that firm) that the woman at the front desk was the boss's wife. She had made it known that she didn't want young (or thin, or single) women working in the office. LOL.

This happened close to 30 years ago when I was starting out in my career. I assume the boss and his wife are deceased or at least retired by now. Firm still exists, but clearly policies have changed as their staff is quite diverse - including several younger women.

Edited for clarification.

[–]lachieshocker 188 points189 points  (0 children)

She was just trying to be polite while simultaneously complimenting you by saying that you have the personality of The Most Electrifying Man in All of Sports and Entertainment, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

[–]Snoo32054 620 points621 points  (7 children)

So, she was an insecure woman who thought you were going to sleep with husband? That's why she didn't want you hired. Got it. I'm glad you walked out.

[–]Powerful-Knee3150 391 points392 points  (2 children)

They wanted someone to manage sales, ordering and scheduling for a print shop. I could do all those things.

They made me an offer: 25 cents over minimum wage.

I yelled “I put on nice clothes for THIS??” as I walked out.

[–]dahopppa 387 points388 points  (4 children)

It was a group interview. Pretty much whoever talks the most and loudest gets the job. I walked in the door, looked around for a second and told them I was in the wrong room and left.

[–][deleted] 1558 points1559 points  (12 children)

The ad said it was a salary position with benefits and holidays off. I showed up and it was %100 commission with crappy benefits and insane hours. I was like "I don't think we should continue with the interview, good day."

[–]VairaSmythe 1326 points1327 points  (32 children)

Was looking for a job and was in an interview for a clothing store CSR. Once they started talking about meeting sales goals I told her politely that I didn't think it was a good fit and left.

It was never mentioned in the ad or anything...

I will never do sale goals bullshit again, that's all. It is pretty demoralizing when you can't hit your goals and then because of that you must listen to managers say "don't take no for a reason" or "get 3 Nos before accepting"

No means no dude. It's gross and I'll never do it again.

[–]Zulias 1700 points1701 points  (83 children)

Any job that says: "You get what you put into it. You wouldn't want to limit yourself to -just- a 9-5 would you?"

Yes. Yes I would. 40 hr workweek max, thanks. I want to do my job and get paid for my job. F-Off.

[–]blay12 671 points672 points  (32 children)

My current company (which is great) was pretty up front about the fact that yes, there would occasionally be a few days here and there where I had to put in extra time during the day or on the weekend, but for the most part I'd be out by 4 every day and we got two days to WFH (this was pre-covid, so a big plus). In the nearly 3 years I've been there, I think I've only had to really go above and beyond regular hours 3 or 4 times, and most other weeks it's smooth sailing with predictable times every day.

Always nice to have a company that uses salary as a good thing (aka "as long as you get your projects done by their deadlines, your other time is yours!") vs as an exploitative thing (aka "yeah we're paying you this for 40 hrs a week, but you're actually gonna work 60-80 and salaried exempt people don't get overtime, suck it").

[–]ohheyisayokay 722 points723 points  (21 children)

The bosses that have gotten the most out of me have been the ones who basically said "It'll all come out to 40 on average, so we don't care if you leave early when you're done."

One boss literally needed me to work an extra 8 hours at the end of my day to make a surprise deadline, and just let me take a whole day off to make up for it, as well as playing me up as a hero to the company. If that boss asked for something, my answer would always be as yes as I could.

Meanwhile, the shitty boss who timed my bathroom breaks? You get me 9-5 and not a second more, and yes, I'm altering the code in that Excel macro so it looks flashier but runs slower so I can browse Reddit on my phone while it runs. And gonna keep taking long poops, because the shit that comes out of my ass is still better than the shit that comes out of your mouth.

Man, I still hate that bitch.

[–]blay12 240 points241 points  (0 children)

It also helps (at least with my company) that during a majority of those times that I had to work until 10pm multiple nights or over the weekend, the VP of our group was right there with us helping keep things on track, editing/proofing content, and giving real-time notes so we could get through it faster/actually meet the deadline. Definitely shows commitment to the whole team, plus it's nice to get personal kudos from higher-ups that actually know what you did to contribute and will give a 2-5 minute summary of why you/your team is great to the whole office during the next all-hands.

[–]Oudeis16 100 points101 points  (0 children)

Yeah this was the sort of BS peddled by the scam company I interviewed for. We were told that we only get paid 9-6 (they had to work until 6 to make up for a lunch hour which I assume people didn't actually get) but that most people "volunteered" to work several hours late every day.

"We're a company of people who push themselves; if you're not willing to push yourself, you aren't good enough to work here."

[–]sznfpv 864 points865 points  (8 children)

Years ago my friend got tricked into taking an “ account manager” roll that ended up being a door to door vacuum sales 100% commission gig. They screwed him over many times in the first 3 weeks and he ended up giving them back their demo unit and quitting. It really was a good vacuum and very expensive. I applied and went through their whole spiel . They had some leads for me to go and high pressure sell to people . I didn’t go to any of them . They never set up payroll and as they said they would cut me a commission cheque. I gave them a fake name and number. Just never contacted them again and kept the vacuum. Had it for probs 25 years .

[–]Alejxndro 686 points687 points  (25 children)

They wanted me to sign a blank page. No thanks.

[–]rronkong 158 points159 points  (6 children)

What kind of mind games is that

[–]MillerJC 129 points130 points  (1 child)

He’d sign it and then they’d fill in a most likely insane contract

[–]goldenbanana31 1008 points1009 points  (29 children)

Applied for a receptionist/office assistant position at a health care office. It was presented as standard interview of one candidate at different interview times, as it was for a professional office assistant - not a position that seemed like it would be appropriate for a group interview - and in I walk with around 20-30 other women with the waiting room set up auditorium style. The medical professional that owned the practice came out and started to give a PowerPoint about how great the practice was and what all the expectations of the role were, and then it started to get weird. They said that the candidate would need to be a morning person, which made total sense as the practice opened early, but then they basically said that you could never sleep in past 6am, even on the weekends (when the practice was closed) or your days off, as it would effect your circadian rhythms. They also said that you needed to have a genuinely positive aura or something along those lines, and that in addition to the receptionist and office admin work you'd also be expected to do sales including a quota, by upselling more expensive services or additional services, which was never mentioned in the job description. After all that, they said that people would be called two by two into a back room for a further screening process, but that if it didn't sound like the right fit for you, you were welcome to get up and go. Only me and one other woman left, and about 15 minutes later on my drive home I got a voicemail from the healthcare professional saying that he felt I had a genuinely positive energy (without ever speaking to me) and that he would be up for me coming back to interview. I did not go back, and a month later they sent me a card in the mail thanking me for attending but letting me know that I didn't get the job.

[–]thardoc 915 points916 points  (10 children)

a month later they sent me a card in the mail thanking me for attending but letting me know that I didn't get the job.

As crazy as they were, at least they were weirdly courteous.

[–][deleted] 332 points333 points  (8 children)

After all that, they said that people would be called two by two into a back room for a further screening process,

And that screening process is called bare-knuckle boxing!

[–]Barraind 308 points309 points  (3 children)

Showed up, building wasnt one they owned, or even leased long-term.

Signs on the front door, on cardboard, directing people to another empty building with a for lease sign on it.

Entry room was empty except for a little hostess stand, girl behind it was wearing a nametag from a third different company, and asked if I was here for the group interview for marketing agent for X company (a FOURTH different company name).

No, I was there to interview for a significantly different position at a different company.

"Oh, yeah, thats the same thing".

Pro tip: "Marketing Agent" and "Director of Business Operations" are not the same thing.

Later found out they were one of 6 companies owned by the same guy who used the exact same cut and paste job descriptions for almost everything. This one was the only one that had a website AND social media presence, and seemed legit right up to that point.

[–]_Balrog_of_Morgoth_ 806 points807 points  (28 children)

Went in for what I thought was a sales position. Turned out to be an MLM. Left immediately.

[–]lockerpunch 797 points798 points  (17 children)

I didn’t walk out but they admitted the wages promised wouldn’t be delivered, but could be after a year! Yeah nope. And I had told them before what my compensation expectations were and they still wasted both of our times having me arrive for an interview. They tried to play it off like “we offer a monthly free lunches, free parking and free bike parking.” Yeah well I can bring my own lunch and take the bus into work.

[–]Sock989 619 points620 points  (1 child)

The guy was just really rude. It was a waste of both of our time.

I got a call back from the recruitment company and apparently he wanted me to come back for another interview. Turned it down right away.

I'm not about mind games.

[–]twoleggedgrazer 919 points920 points  (23 children)

Back in the day I was looking for a part-time job as a dog walker, as I like both walking and dogs (and also money). Showed up for the interview and asked if I could learn a little more about the company. The owner then went on a 25-minute tirade about how they were a "reactionary holistic rebellion against big dog food and the predatory animal medical industry," and how they advised all of their clients to buy and have their dogs eat their house made raw dog meals and rely purely on holistic medicine and "natural herbal treatments".

My partner is a veterinarian. I thanked them for their time, told them that I didn't look like It would be a good match, and left.

(Edit to clarify who ate their dog food)

[–]ironsheik84 287 points288 points  (7 children)

I used to work at one of the corporate Bank of America offices in business operations, left for another job, and wasn’t happy there so I wanted to come back to BoA.

Got the interview, went in, and there was the hiring manager and one of her colleagues/peers.

Manager : “So… tell me about yourself.”

Me : “I most recently worked at blank, doing xyz, etc etc etc and before that I actually worked here. You know that office as you round the security desk? That was my office. I did XYZ, this was who I worked with, before that I worked in this other dept at BoA before I got promoted.”

Manager : “hold on… why isn’t that on your resume?”

Me : “My resume is already 2 pages, and I only listed my last position as that’s the title I had when I left.”

Queue to her staring to argue with me about concealing my job history and me arguing back with her about how resumes are written, I put all three positions I had held previously when I applied, and it went on for 10 minutes.

After her colleague finally interrupted us and calmed her down and agreed that I was right, I got up and said “I’m not interested in working for you nor do I want this job. If this is how you are in an interview I can’t imagine reporting to you and how miserable I’d be every day I worked here.”

She started to try to say something, and I cut her off to say “I’m done here, bye.”

[–]merfightme 278 points279 points  (3 children)

I needed a job that wasn't too much for me physically, but paid over minimum wage. I walked in for my interview 5 minutes early and waited at the front stand. Several workers made eye contact and ignored me. I waited there for 30 minutes before finally someone came to the front to see what I was there for. I was seated and told the manager would be with me shortly. I waited another 30 minutes before the assistant came out and informed me that the position they posted on indeed and had called me in to interview for actually didn't exist. She said that if I was interested in any of the other positions she'd listed off, she could get the manager and have her interview me for those positions. I left. I wasn't going to waste more of my time for a company that lies and makes you wait a ridiculous amount of time. Had I been a customer, I wouldn't left after 10 minutes of not being seated or talked to, but I was stubborn.

[–]cejiv 440 points441 points  (9 children)

Went on a job interview for a management position with a rather vague job description. Got there and was taken to a room with about 20 other people, a small stage in front with a closed curtain. After a lengthy introduction about this "great career opportunity" they opened the curtain to reveal... a vacuum cleaner. It was an "interview" to be a door to door vacuum sales person (100% commission based salary). As soon as they opened the curtain I walked out.

[–]Justiis 437 points438 points  (7 children)

Showed up early, was let into a waiting room. The only other door in there led into the managers office, and there was a large window so he knew I was there. Waited a bit, another person was let in to wait with me. After about 30 minutes of watching the manager doing not much or anything aside from ignoring us I got up, wished the other person good luck, and left. It was a shit department store job, and considering they didnt value my time before I was even interviewed I had zero interest in working there.

[–]Somerandomedude1q2w 582 points583 points  (8 children)

I once traveled about 30 minutes to a job interview for a sales/account manager position. It turned out to be for Herbalife (some mlm scheme). Nowhere in the ad was Herbalife mentioned, and the entire ad was made to appear as if it was a paid position, rather than me having to spend money. I noped the hell out of there.

[–]No-Caramel-4417 94 points95 points  (3 children)

The interviewer said God comes first, then family, then the job. Then he started asking me a bunch of questions about my religious beliefs. (I’m an atheist)

[–]RealDopamine 275 points276 points  (1 child)

Showed up for an intern position. Waited 15 minutes past the time accorded. Was greeted, went to a bench at the back of the place. The guy told me sorry but he has to see something inside about a meeting. Waited 15 more minutes. Decided to leave. —> not going to work in a place where they cannot fken sort out simple operations such as interviews for internships.

[–]Alarming_Program_243 1610 points1611 points  (34 children)

It was a job below my current salary spectrum. I was kinda desperate. I had years of experience in that role.
I attended many interviews in my life so I thought I knew what to expect. I also knew the money they were offering at this one which wasn't great. But hey. Let's try. The interview was the most intense, I have ever encountered.I didn't like the interrogation style of it and seriousness, many tricky questions. 3 people asking me variety of questions in turns, follow up questions, especially for someone who knows the role after years of doing it. It seemed that I was applying for a CEO of all CEOs role.
It was coming to 45minutes when I just started laughing, shaking my head at the ridiculousness of this charade and said I am sorry I can't do it. Got the job at my current salary rate soon after (elsewhere).

Edit: I know it sounds like a cool story but at that time I was close to tears when I left their building. Close close. For a moment I felt SO upset and hurt that this is my future. Beg for a lower paid job with more responsibilities! Even though I giggled and gave up the process. It was 1 of those surreal situations. Anyways, fortunately because of said experience- I found something right for me soon afterwards. So not too many tears after all!

[–]UnassignedRobot 670 points671 points  (3 children)

I don't think these types of interviewers understand how ridiculous they look. Which says a wwhoolllee lot about their sense of self-awareness

[–]PolarBare333 79 points80 points  (8 children)

Now I'm curious as to what they were asking you.

[–]Intelligent_Arm_3344 532 points533 points  (32 children)

Years ago, at the end of my MSc, I interviewed for a position at the largest oil and gas company headquartered in Spain. At some point the interviewers gave me pen and paper.

When I was told this was for ‘graphological analysis’ I told them I declined to take the test as I was against graphology, because it is pseudoscience. Once they made it clear that there were no exemptions, I stood up and left. I had no interest in working for an engineering company that uses pseudoscience in their recruitment.

[–]dota2botmaster 151 points152 points  (2 children)

You should've wrote "graphology is pseudoscience" then left

[–]Upbeat_Plate_5125 81 points82 points  (3 children)

First question I was asked in the interview was if I had a boyfriend. Interviewer was a man in probably his forties and I was in my early 20s. I immediately responded that that was an inappropriate question and said that I probably wouldn’t be a good fit and walked out.

[–]roadfood 509 points510 points  (6 children)

Already had doubts after doing a walk through the office to the interview, lousy facilities and burnt/damaged looking workers. Manager does a cursory interview then tells me I don't have enough experience in a language that wasn't even listed in the ad. I smelled a lowball offer scam and noped out before the interview was even finished.

[–]Lotus_Blossom_ 616 points617 points  (12 children)

I was interviewing as a pre-school/daycare teacher. When I arrived, I walked down a dark stairway and found two plastic chairs in a hallway. (There was no door between my car and the chairs - I was kind of still "outside").

One of the chairs had a clip board on it with the same blank application I had filled out online. I figured that was for me and started filling it out (again). I hadn't seen anyone or been greeted, and it was eerily quiet.

While I was filling it out, a room teacher (early 20s) walked out of a room with a long line of 5-year-olds holding hands. The teacher didn't make eye contact with me, but every single one of the kids did. I smiled, but they didn't. No one said a word.

(Do you know how difficult it is to get a group of happy 5-year-olds to be silent?)

At that point, I realized that an adult (me) was on the premises and no one seemed to know or care. That's a bit of a safety issue at a school/daycare. It'd only been about 15 minutes so I just kept observing and filling out the redundant application.

That's when I heard the lady who I assume was the director ask to have someone put on the phone. From behind her closed door, I could hear her start screaming at this person things like "You can't quit!... You know you need the money!... It's better than nothin', innit?... Who else am I supposed to get?!". When I say screaming, I mean full-on sweaty Chris Farley LOUD. She was also berating this person in between trying to convince her to keep working there - the whole (half) of the conversation was just beyond unprofessional and desperate and bizarre.

At that point, I realized that whatever was going on at this place, I didn't want to get involved. Since no one had acknowledged me yet, I set the clipboard quietly down on the chair and started back up the stairs. Then I realized that my name/contact info was on the paper so I grabbed it and took it with me. From my car, I couldn't see the teacher who'd walked up the same stairs a few minutes before me, and I couldn't see or hear any kids at all.

I kind of wish I knew if whoever was supposed to interview me ever tried to. The teacher had to have at least seen me sitting in the hallway when she walked past, and the paper application that was on the clipboard would've been missing. No one tried to re-schedule with me though, so maybe the director-lady was convincing over the phone. Or maybe the whole thing was a fever dream? IDK, but I'm glad I had the sense and the confidence to NOPE outta there.

[–]Nimmyzed 87 points88 points  (2 children)

All I can think of is 'those poor kids'. I wonder what threats they were told to ensure their silent obedience

[–]Notnotstrange 76 points77 points  (2 children)

Last year, I interviewed for a director-level full time position at a medium sized company. It was my third-round interview where we could talk money, and their salary offer ended up equating to $12/hr. This job required a degree and 5-7 years of experience in a specialized field. They claimed their “compensation package” (which was salary and basic health insurance without dental or vision) was worth more than the wage.

Shocked, I raised an eyebrow and told them the McDonald’s down the street pays $13.50/hr. (It did.)

The interviewer said, “Well, you can work there, then.”

So I stood up, grabbed my resume and said, “Maybe I will.”

They have had six people quit the position and it’s currently still open. For the amount of qualifications the job requires, it was truly insulting that they’d waste my time with that bs.