Some employers make outrageous demands of job applicants just because they think they can. One company even conducted interviews simply to get ideas when they didn't have any openings available. Fortunately, candidates have the upper hand because there are plenty of great companies out there looking for top talent despite the outdated or unethical treatment of applicants from other less desirable employers.
1. Providing Salary Details
Some employers require job applicants to disclose previous salary levels without revealing the current salary range for the position at hand. Even worse, you may run into a few companies that need proof of earnings before a live person looks at your resume. How would you feel working for a company that demands to see your previous earnings without showing you the financial rewards that come with the job?
2. Lengthy Application Processes
Despite technology, apps and ways to make the process more efficient for job applicants, many employers have applications that take hours to fill out and submit. Not only must you include previous employers, current contact information and your qualifications, but you may also jump through personality tests and questionnaires before waiting weeks to hear back from a recruiter or HR representative. Instead, find an employer who relies on personalized, face-to-face contact for hires. Better yet, network your way into a position by using social media, contacts within an company and your own personality.
3. Completing Free Reports
Job applicants don't work for free. Unfortunately, employers sometimes have candidates create reports as so-called tests during the hiring process. In reality, the company needs these reports but doesn't feel like paying someone to do them, and completing them doesn't guarantee that you reach the interview stage.
4. Being a Face in the Crowd
Large employers sometimes force job applicants into large group interviews. That's when up to 100 candidates fill an entire room and people on a stage ask the same questions to everyone. There's no way for the interviewers to gauge your personality from a crowd that large.
5. Showing Up for Free
Instead of submitting reports, you might find yourself having to work at the firm for a day for free to prove you can handle the job. Your time and talents are valuable, so working for free shouldn't be part of your application when you don't have an established relationship with the employer.
6. Paying Background Check Fees
Background checks are a standard procedure and cost of doing business for any firm, yet many employers require you to pay for your own background check. It's time to check out of these employers and find ones with better financial backing to pay for their own HR expenses.
7. Brainstorming to Show Your Worth
Employers may suggest a brainstorming session type of interview — which sounds great until you realize it's really a way to get free consulting work from candidates. Respond with a statement about your hourly fee for consulting work before you attend a brainstorming session with a hiring manager.
These outrageous demands are convenient only for the employer, have nothing to do with showcasing your personality and talent, or are all about free work. Job applicants should look the other way if they run into any of these seven scenarios during a hiring process.
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