The candidate, with 10 years of experience, refused to engage in a trial without knowing the job description or discussing anything.
Employees often complain about being exploited at their workplaces. They are asked to overtime and without extra pay and benefits. While some agree to it and some refuse to do it. However, a person recently shared how she was asked to do a trial day at an organization without even going through the interview process. She decided to walk out and asked for the interview to be rescheduled for another day. The person narrated the whole incident in a Reddit post. u/Ophelia1988 said that she had gone for an interview with a company at 9 am. When she entered the premise, she was told she could stay right after to understand the work environment and have a short trial till 3 pm.
However, the person who was supposed to be interviewing her had different plans. "As I arrived, the person interviewing me sat me down in her office to tell me that the interview would be from 14:00 to 15:00 because some staff was sick and the two apprentices needed to be supervised by her, the only person with a certification in the building," she wrote. The woman shared she refused to do a trial day without knowing the job description or "discussing anything." She wrote, "I have 10y experience and I'm not cheap) and that I agreed to have the interview first and the trial day later."
The interviewer emphasized that this was "necessary" as she could not interview them and leave the apprentices unsupervised. So, the woman made it clear that "perhaps it's better if we reschedule when you're not understaffed." She concluded the post by saying, "Do I have 'stupid' written on my forehead? You want 5 hours of free labor out of me only for me to find out your pay and benefit suck? [It] made me wonder if they use people that are looking for a job as a replacement for sick or absent staff as a routine." The Reddit post is captioned, "Came for an interview but it was a trial day. I left." It received more than 26k upvotes on the platform.
Many people in the comments section thought the person did the right thing by walking out. u/CapitalG888 commented, "Trail day, lol. If I'm working, you're paying me." u/south3y wrote, "Good for you. There probably was a job waiting for someone at the end of all that, but they were making sure they'd only hire the doormat."
u/Queef_Queen420 expressed, "Do I have stupid written on my forehead? No, they were hoping that you're thirsty and desperate. They were wrong, As others have said; give the company a negative review online to warn others. What they pulled with you was unprofessional AF." u/RealStitchyKat said, "Sounds like your trial went well. You saw firsthand how they try to manage and exploit workers and that information gave you everything you needed to know that this job was not for you. Hope others see that as well."
People on Reddit are appreciative that the person knows her worth and does not want to be exploited by employers. However, many also shared their own instances of being asked to do trial days for days or weeks and it was a complete waste of time.