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DC Career Chat: Would You Call Out Your Job Interviewers for Their Behavior? Well, This Candidate Did.

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.

10 Things I’d Tell My Younger Self as a Woman Working in Corporate America

I recently came across the Instagram post below and it prompted to reflect on my experiences as I navigated my “real jobs” after college. I’ve learned some of these the hard way and others have been passed down from friends and coworkers. Please feel free to keep the list going in the comments and on the the Diva Chronicles Mag Instagram.1. You’re not always rewarded for doing what’s right.
2. Back up verbal conversations with emails.
3. Keep notes on tasks completed per day with the date.
4. Use that PTO and sick time, girl.
5. Keep your personal life outside of work. Just because a colleague tells you their entire life doesn’t mean you have to divulge yours.
6. HR will protect the company before they protect you.
7. Get really familiar with your rights as an employee (See #1 and refer to F-U Fund above).
8. Never stop looking for work, even if you feel secure on your job. You never know when you’ll have to be on the hunt.
9. If you know you can do the job, apply anyway, even if you don’t have all the qualifications listed.
10. No one really knows it all. We’re all just trying to make it. The best people who will give you the real deal about a company are the receptionists and the custodians. Listen.

What would you add?

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Diddy is Hosting a Job Fair at Revolt Summit LA with AT&T, Warner Media, Universal Music Group and More!

Diddy has announced he wants to give opportunities to those that attend his highly anticipated annual Revolt Summit.

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For @Diddy, @RevoltTV, & @ATT it is a must to create opportunities for people at the @REVOLTSummit. Companies such as Universal Music Group, Warner Media, AT&T, Emma Bowen Foundation, and more to be announced. They are all looking for new talent. ⁣ ⁣

Bring your resumes and examples of your work and make sure you attend the @RevoltSummit weekend long job fair.⁣ ⁣

Tag everyone you think is interested. SPREAD THE WORD!

October 25 – 27 | Los Angeles⁣ ⁣

REVOLTSUMMIT.COM FOR MORE INFO!⁣ ⁣

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Diva’s Quick Tips: 6 Things That Are Taken for Granted but Will Help You Stand Out on the Job

Yes, they seem so simple. They should be a given, but largely aren’t.

 

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  1. Show Up On Time…All the Time

Take responsibility for how you use your time and your colleagues’ and boss’s time. You are expected to be on time yes, but how many people actually show up to work, meetings, etc on time. Be the one who is there on time, at all times to show you how dependable you are. You may start receiving extra little tasks as a test to see how you handle them. Then they’ll get larger and larger mainly because you’re the only one there to receive them.

2. Keep Your Word

“You’ll have it by end of the day.” It’s said often but is there follow through? Do what you say you’re going to do as often as possible. If something comes up, communicate it, with another time. Don’t give anyone a reason to question your work ethic.

 

3. Stay Organized

Documents can easily pile up. We all don’t have the freedom of creating a filing system that works best for us. Some companies have a standard system across the board either for internal reasons or to abide with certain laws and regulations. Whether, it is one you created or one you have to follow, staying organized and up to date.

 

4. Ask Questions, but Also Hunt for Answers

If you are completely unaware of something, it is okay to ask questions. It is also okay to hunt for the answer amongst documentation, your peers, or the internet too. Most managers are okay with questions when you obviously hit a wall, what annoys them is when it is blatant you made no attempt to find the information yourself.

 

5. Working Well Together Does Not Mean You Have to be Friends

There will be times when you have to collaborate on a project, whether it is short or long term. This partnership may be with someone that you clash with on a personal level. Put that aside and get the job done. Not meshing with someone will be a constant that shows up throughout your working career. Finding friends in the workplace is an added bonus to the job, but not a requirement. Collaboration is the requirement.

 

6. Speak Up When Necessary

Always be professional when speaking up about something you are passionate about or correct about.  If there comes a time to speak up for yourself or your position, be firm and do it tactfully. Also, be prepared to back yourself up. Always be professional and never give anyone a reason to cast a bad light on your reputation. Speaking up does not have to mean loud and disruptive. In addition, learn how to recognize instigative behavior and put a stop to is before it interferes with your role.