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Internet rallies around single mom who walked out of a toxic job interview

People on the social media platform are shocked at an interviewer's negotiation tactic in which he attempts to exploit an employee.

Internet rallies around single mom who walked out of a toxic job interview
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Job-hunting is not a pleasant experience. Though, having a community backing an individual emotionally and through information goes far in making the whole experience positive in approach. Recently a viral Reddit post by u/JodieBella garnered a lot of appreciation as she revealed the red flags showcased in the interview and also criticized the system that exploits the employees.

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Image Source: Pexels/ Photo by Tim Gouw


The Reddit post explained the experience of the single mom during an EMT interview. She wanted to move out of her state and was interviewing in places out of her area. Therefore, she did not have a lot of knowledge regarding the reputation of the places where she was giving an interview. In the beginning, the Reddit user explained that in her previous role as a medical assistant, she made $27/hr. She now wanted to work in the first responding/transport sector.

Thereafter, she gave an insight into how her interview went, which started with the interviewer providing information regarding the toxic work culture of the company. The interviewer used the word 'hate' for another company and cited it as a reason for not hiring anyone from that particular company. In his opinion, it did not matter whether the applicants from that company were talented or not, just because they had a work history in a particular EMS, it was reason enough for rejection. He further added to the details by saying that he had just fired a person for dinging a mirror.

It seems that by a certain point in the interview, it was evident that the user had secured the job and therefore, the discussion shifted to compensation. The thing that was a major red flag in the entire interview was that there was no discussion regarding the personal experience of the interviewee. The interviewer was busy talking about his establishment and the turnover they bring each year. Unfortunately, the compensation they were willing to give did not match the standards that the interviewer was previously attached to the company. They agreed to give her $14/hr, which was considerably lower than what the Reddit user made in her previous position.

Since she was changing sectors, she was willing to go low and presented an offer of $16. It led to the interviewer going even low with $13.75. It was even more humiliating because the job advertisement listed the wages to be in the range of $17-$23. It was the tipping point and the interviewee decided to back off by saying that she would fare better at McDonald's with these wages. In the end, she felt that all of this was primarily because of capitalism which has allowed corporations to exploit workers with poverty wages.

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Image Source: Reddit/ Photo by u/brmarcum


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Image Source: Reddit/ Photo by u/SubKreature


Such posts are helpful as they aid the workers in putting out a united front and also give an idea regarding the companies that need to be avoided. The comment section supported u/JodieBella's decision to walk out and also shared their own stories. u/HenriettaSyndrome chimed in and not only disagreed with the low wage but also demanded more for first responders, "All public servants deserve more! I'd say even cops do too....if there was a complete and total overhaul in training and quality control that restored our trust in them but you know lmao". u/BidAdministrative608 was disappointed at the dismal wages given to an EMT and commented, "It is laughable how much EMTs make. The people saving your life before you get to the hospital. I really wanted to be an EMT until I saw the wages."

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