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Old 09-13-2017, 04:32 PM
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So this is a tangent off this post.

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So, I went to an interview with a large insurance company, and the interview was scheduled from 10-2 with no lunch break. I asked the scheduler and they said one wasn't built in. I ended up with the hiring manager at lunch time and they asked if I was hungry and did I want to go to lunch. We went somewhere where they have pre-made sandwiches and salads. The hiring manager said the company practice didn't pay for lunches, and then the hiring manager didn't even buy my lunch for me. It was <$10 so no big deal out of pocket.

It's been a while since I interviewed. Is this the norm these days? I don't think so, but I feel like even if I am offered the position, this is a huge red flag. Other than that, I really liked everything I heard.
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Seems really, really cheap.
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You should have just left.

As crazy as consulting can be, the occasional $1,000 dinner tab beats the hell out of "we don't pay for lunches."
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No, that is not normal.
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If I were the interviewer, assuming I hadn't quit already I would have been so embarrassed that I would have paid for both lunches out of pocket.
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If I were the interviewer, assuming I hadn't quit already I would have been so embarrassed that I would have paid for both lunches out of pocket.
THIS is totally what I would do.

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yeah, that's messed up. first, that they didn't schedule something for lunch and second, that you were expected to pay

other than that, how was the interview?
I thought it went well.

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Promise me you won't work there.
Distinct possibility I will say yes if offered it. Getting laid off from current position and not much insurance locally, and for personal reasons won't relocate. Sad, I know.
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If I were the interviewer, assuming I hadn't quit already I would have been so embarrassed that I would have paid for both lunches out of pocket.
This, pretty hard.
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I'd think that if you had celiac or whatever and knew you were gonna be there for lunch, you'd have mentioned it beforehand. I'd think you should know how it takes some planning as someone who eats wheat-free every day. I think it's kind of dickish to not say anything in advance, then be annoyed at what you get.
I had assumed we were going someplace. I have never failed to be able to find something to eat at any restaurant. So I didn't assume it would be an issue.

I was not informed I would be getting a box lunch from Panera, nor asked my preferred beverage.

I didn't let on that I was annoyed, they probably think I cleaned my plate like a good interviewee.


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Are you serious? If I sit for 20 minutes for nothing, I'm gone. That's complete disrespect for your time. If you were an hour late, would the interviewers sit around waiting for you? Doubtful.

If you want good candidates, sell the job, yourselves and the company. If you want desperate people, pull these shenanigans.
Oh, that was just one of the first shenanigans. The time wasting was epic.
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Oh, that was just one of the first shenanigans. The time wasting was epic.
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yeah, that's messed up. first, that they didn't schedule something for lunch and second, that you were expected to pay

other than that, how was the interview?
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