A young professional stirred outrage among Redditors when he revealed that he walked out of an interview because the interviewer refused to talk about salary. You won’t believe who else was outraged! Here is the full story.
He Found a Gig Right Away
OP graduated from college about a year ago with a degree in computer science. Since then, he’s been working for a company on a contract.
He’s Looking for a Change
With his deal about to run out, OP realizes that he does not want to make a career with his current employer, so he’s been looking for another job. As many young jobseekers discover, the process has been challenging.
They Won’t Give Him the Numbers
The problem for OP is not in finding good opportunities or generating interest among potential employers. Instead, the problem has been that getting any kind of salary information out of them has been like pulling teeth!
He Lost His Patience
So far, OP has been on about a dozen interviews, and he’s walked out of four of them when the company refused to talk about salary.
He Gave Them a Chance
At first, OP went along with the process because he didn’t have much experience with looking for a job. He’d listen as employers would tell him that their company was like a “family” and that salary wasn’t the most important thing in the world.
They Were Wasting His Time
But it didn’t take long for OP to realize how much time he was wasting, so he came up with his own criteria.
He Has a Quick Trigger Finger
If an interviewer doesn’t bring up salary within the first 15 minutes of their meeting, OP asks about it himself. Then, if the company rep can’t or won’t give him a firm number or at least a range, OP walks.
They Usually Give In
When OP pins them down like that, most of his interviewers will get into specifics rather than evade his question completely. No one really seemed to have a problem with him pushing for details until recently.
It Was Like All the Rest
That’s when OP met up with a representative from a local startup after a recruiter had contacted him about the opportunity. The meeting went like a lot of others, with the interviewer talking about company culture and what they were looking for in this hire.
He Was Being Rude
Since the interviewer didn’t mention salary, though, OP asked him directly. That’s when he got a response he wasn’t expecting…
They Scolded Him!
The interviewer told him it was bad manners to ask about money so early in the hiring process!
They Didn’t See Eye to Eye
OP smiled and said that he disagreed, but the interviewer pushed back. He said they were a startup and offered great potential and benefits beyond just money.
That’s When He Bolted
Seeing he was getting nowhere, OP stood up, thanked the other man for his time, and left.
How Dare He!
It didn’t take too long before the recruiter was hounding OP again, except this time, it was an attack! The recruiter wanted to know who OP thought he was and what he thought we was doing when he walked out of the interview like that.
He Finally Revealed the Truth
The recruiter went on to tell OP that his interviewer had been the owner of the startup, not just some employee. OP wondered why the recruiter never shared that bit of information before he sat down for the interview.
He Told the World What Happened
After he got done laying into OP on the phone, the recruiter then posted on LinkedIn, complaining about the situation without naming OP.
They Were Divided
Reading through the comments on that LinkedIn post, OP could see that opinions were all over the place. Some people thought he was right to push for salary information, but some agreed with the employer that he should have waited.
It Might Have Made a Difference
OP thinks he might have handled the situation a bit differently if he’d known he was talking to the startup’s owner. But he’s not sure because he still doesn’t want to waste his time dancing around vague salary discussions.
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