Several alleged employers shared their “biggest red flags during hiring” in a Twitter thread on Monday and Redditor u/fetnz after the discussion reached a wider audience. took a screenshot and shared something Popular reactions Thursday in Reddit’s popular “antiwork” forum.
Some of the tweets were written by friends of hiring managers, who said their friends put candidates through a “test” to see if they would fit well within their respective companies. Others were reportedly written by the hiring managers themselves.
In just seven hours, the post went viral with more than 32,000 upvotes and more than 3,000 comments from angry Redditors who said some of the “red flags” were “manipulative” and “ageist.”
First Twitter user @seattlecynic said that a friend of his used to test candidates over lunch.
“A friend used to take sales candidates out for lunch. Had [an] Restaurant owner arranges with his friend. Always flouting the order of the candidate. Note how he dealt with it. [If they] kindly justified [ate] food or delicacy [pointed] It’s out there, great. No p***ness, no fare,” he tweeted.
Interestingly, most of the Redditors said they had no problem with this specific test.
“I don’t really have a problem with the first one. It lets the employer know how you treat people who have less power than you, in a situation where they’ve inconvenienced you,” u/JadedElk wrote.
U/Heckold said the test “seems like a really good way to judge one’s character.”
Meanwhile, u/TwoTeapotsForXmas said: “I quite like the first one. Worst case scenario you get mixed lunch and if [you] Don’t treat people like s**t, maybe you get hired. It’s manipulative, but it doesn’t hurt me.”
However, things went downhill from there.
In a tweet, an alleged hiring manager said that he does not like it when candidates ask about salary before the interview starts.
“You know what a red flag is… an employer who thinks it’s a red flag to talk about pay,” commented u/melpek.
“brother imagine a red flag is ‘asking about salary before job interview starts’ lmao, what f**k am i working for? goodwill? give me d**n money so i I can live,” wrote Yu / Authorized Muffins.
u/BardtheGM continued: “I wouldn’t have been so eager to ask about salary if you just told me what the salary was already. It doesn’t make sense to go through this whole interview only for you. As much as me Offer me less money than I can accept.”
Interestingly, New York City recently passed a law forcing all employers with four or more employees to post salary limits on job listings. Failure to do so would be considered “an unlawful discriminatory practice”.
“It has been shown that advance transparency about what a position is worth, what an employer is willing to pay, prevents an employer from moving an applicant forward in the interview process – which can be colored by employer biases. , Breena Mulligan, a spokeswoman for Bill, told newsweek,
Other states with equal pay transparency laws include California, Maryland and Washington state.
In the last tweet shared by u/fetnz, someone named Michael Huffstetler said that his friend would ask potential employees about current events.
Huffstetler tweeted, “I don’t like it or not, but a friend told me he asks everyone who comes to his interview to show their Uber ratings and name the last 5 US Vice Presidents.” Apparently, his friend wants to know not only whether applicants “treat people well” but also whether they “know what’s going on in the world.”
Some Redditors described the test as “ageist.”
“VP is aging against a younger staff. I can remember exactly 5 VPs, but only because I’m old enough to pay attention during that time. No one out of college today would remember Gore or Cheney, “U/lil_brown_bat said.
“The president is a weirdo. Depending on how young you are, you haven’t even lived for the last five presidents. Or so young that it wasn’t that impressive to you. An 18-year-old probably can’t name the last five presidents.” . Maybe they should? IDK but I don’t know why it matters,” u/critic G33K said.
u/donslimey said: “Guess the VP is to keep a Gen Z away.”
Of course, the above hiring managers aren’t the first to receive an online flak. In December, Redditors slammed a hiring manager who allegedly told the employer of a job applicant that the applicant planned to leave. That same month, commentators rebuked an employer who refused to turn on his camera during an interview and admitted to not reading an applicant’s resume, among other things.