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Five Lies You’ll Hear On A Job Interview

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

I would hate for the cold, hard world of employment to turn you into a cynic — but I would hate even more for you to be taken advantage of by people who don’t have your best interests at heart!

There are employers who deserve your talents, and there are other employers who don’t.

You will hear exaggerations and outright lies on job interview, and it’s important to keep your antennae up so you can tell which statements and promise are which.

Here are five lies you’ll hear on a job interview:

  1. We don’t know yet how much the job is going to pay.
  2. It seems like a big job now, but we’re going to hire someone to help you next quarter.
  3. The pay isn’t great, but the benefits are amazing.
  4. We should be able to let you know by early next week.
  5. It turns out we don’t have the budget we thought we did, so we’re going to bring you in at a lower level — but don’t worry, you’ll move up fast!

You have to keep your antennae up during a job search, because people will not always be straight with you.

There are only two reasons a recruiter or hiring manager would tell you “We don’t know what the position will pay — we’re still figuring that out.”

Option One is that it’s a flat-out lie. Who starts hiring for a position before they’ve set a salary range? It’s irresponsible and unprofessional.

If you have time to write a job spec and get it approved enough to start recruiting from, you have time to research appropriate salary levels for the job.

Option Two is that the employer assigned a recruiter (or every recruiter they know) to beat the bushes for candidates but they truly haven’t set a salary range yet — because they want to see what candidates are asking for salary-wise.

Here’s how the conversation in the conference room goes in that case:

So, this person you’re planning to hire is going to cost what — eighty kay? Let’s not set that number in stone. Let’s find some candidates in case somebody is willing to do the job for sixty-five. Tell the recruiter we haven’t set the salary range yet.

I hate to see a recruiter debase and diminish themselves by taking an assignment for which the client hasn’t even assigned a salary level!

As a recruiter you must be able to read a job spec and give the client a salary range for the job.

That’s part of your assignment.  If you agree to work for the client on spec and with one hand tied behind your back (no salary range to share with candidates) you are asking to be stepped and trampled on by your clients.

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