People Share Stories of What Made Them Walk Out on Job Interviews

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We've all had bad job interviews before, but most people have to be put through a lot of BS before they walk out on the interviewer. Over on Reddit, people shared the stories of times they were pushed too far during interviews. One thing that continually gets people to leave is when employers lie about job positions in the listing -usually because they want to lure people into a shady sales job.

There are also quite a few interviews where the laws were actually broken. One particularly bad story:

"Are you deciding to have any kids soon? We'd rather not hire you then have to fire you when you're knocked up." I was 15 at the time.

Another thing that seems to drive a lot of people to leave is when interviewers don't bother to show up on time:

I showed up about ten minutes early, signed in, all that jazz... and waited. and waited. and waited. 45 minutes later I got up, asked the receptionist (who looked seriously embarrassed) to let my interviewer know I was no longer interested, and left. Two hours later I got a rude call asking if I had forgotten the appointment. I laughed and hung up.

See all the stories over at Reddit

Via Knowable


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My policy with salary history used to be, "I will share my current salary if you tell me what the last person in this job was making."
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The salary history issue is actually being made illegal in many states because aside from just being annoying for the reasons you listed, they have found that it also perpetrates pay discrimination against women and minorities because if one company pays less based on sex or race, then every one that follows will continue to do so if they go by history. Instead, a person qualified for a position should just be offered whatever any other person qualified for that position would be offered regardless of what they were paid.

They also found that women who refuse to give up salary history are paid significantly less than average while men who do the same are paid more than average, so it promotes discrimination even when the candidate refuses to give that information.

Plus, it also discourages people from wanting to take chances with startups and non-profits that might be rewarding in other ways because then when you leave the job, you're stuck with that salary history.
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What bothers me is being asked salary history... First, they are NOT going to check your answer, so feel free to lie to your hearts content. Second, companies will immediately offer you maybe 10% more than your currently make, and assume you will jump at the chance even if it's a far worse job in a higher rent area. Worse is if they can't match it they give up, even though the situation might be reversed and its a nicer job with lower expenses, or perhaps you HATE your current job. I've occasionally explained this to recruiters, and they usually just ask for salary history once again... The job listings (or application forms) that say salary history is REQUIRED get to take no more of my time.

Nowhere near as bad as many in the list, but a pervasive misconception in the HR world, almost as bad as keyword matching resumes to job descriptions..
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