There are many people on various platforms telling you tips on how to negotiate and ask for your worth when in job interviews. There is so much pressure on dressing the part, ensuring our resumes are perfect, our appearance is acceptable, and that most importantly you’re on time. What happens when the interviewers don’t exhibit the same level of preparation? You would likely feel disrespected. I know I would. However, respectability politics in the workplace keeps many from verbalizing such discontent. After all, the job has to be a great fit for us as we are for the employer, right? Read how one candidate did not hold back in her interview. The individual and the employer are both anonymous.

A few things to note from the rejection letter:

-They admittedly took weeks to deliver their decision.

I’m sure we have all been there. It has been so long to hear back from a job that you forgot you applied for it because you’ve been in your new role for a few months now. Yes, recruiters have other tasks to do but making candidates wait weeks for an answer is not a good practice.

They were late for the interview.

I wonder if the recruiters acknowledged their tardiness and apologized or just expected him/her to deal with it? It isn’t uncommon to take a lunch break or a day off to interview for a new gig. This is time the person could be getting paid, so respecting their time is, in my opinion, a bare minimum ask,

The Lowballed the Candidate

The recruiters cited not attracting candidates only out for the money as the reason for not posting the salary range and obviously offering a lower than acceptable salary for the role. Well, we work for money and therefore it is a huge part of a job. Not posting salary ranges inhibits candidates from “shopping around” with competitors and it makes negotiations that much more difficult because you cannot see what they have paid for the role in the past. Maybe they were hoping for someone only out eagerly looking for work and willing to accept the low pay because that indeed does happen. However, those employees often don’t last long.

It is apparent from the recap of this exchange, both the candidate and the recruiters decided at that moment they weren’t a match for one another. However, if we are to dismantle the archaic system that the job interview process still largely follows, risks like this are necessary. However, one big risk is not getting the job, but if we are to hold employers accountable for low wages, lack of accountability when it comes to disregarding candidates’ time, etc., it starts with interactions such as this.

What do think of this letter? Who was right or wrong here? Let’s chat in the comments.