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The internet applauds a man who wants to charge a potential employer for an interview

Online commentators applauded a man wanting to charge his future employer for a five-hour interview.

The man, u/theonepercent65536, shared his story on Reddit’s ‘Antiwork’ forum, writing, “Be the change you want to see in the market.” It garnered over 8,900 upvotes and hundreds of supportive comments. The post also left some commenters wondering: why would any company need or want to conduct a five-hour interview in the first place? You can read the full message here.

Find the right fit

Some employers often conduct five-hour interviews because they’re cheaper than holding several smaller ones and allow employers to see how well a candidate fits the company culture, says The Houston Chronicle. Those applying for jobs requiring “high-level technical” knowledge may also be required to undergo an hour-long interview to prove their skills.

“Employers want to be sure they’re hiring the best person for the job, because the stakes are high in a competitive market,” The Houston Chronicle said. “The interview is designed to test the skills the candidate claims to have.”

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Online commentators applauded a man wanting to charge his future employer for a five-hour interview.
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Long interviews can be exhausting, so The Houston Chronicle advises candidates to get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast and “stay positive”.

“Repeat answers to behavioral questions that ask for examples of how you handle conflict at work, set priorities, manage your time, and solve problems. Use breaks between meetings to hydrate yourself. Have a quick snack for yourself calm down and keep your energy levels high,” the journal adds.

‘Be the change’

In the comments section of his post, u/theonepercent65536 said he had a five-hour interview with his future employer about two months ago, but didn’t get the job. However, the company liked him, so they invited him to apply for another position and asked him to participate in another interview lasting several hours. But u/theonepercent65536 didn’t think that was correct.

“The [hiring manager] called me and explained that the interview process had to be done. I told her another full day of my time, especially on a weekday when I will have to take time off from work without any compensation, felt like an abuse of my time,” u/theonepercent65536 wrote in a comment. I interviewed less than two months prior. Surely the interview team can communicate with a hiring manager from another team.”

In an email to the hiring manager – a screenshot of which u/theonepercent65536 shared in his post – u/theonepercent65536 would be happy to take another five-hour interview, provided he gets paid.

“I’ve already done a full interview with [redacted] recently. Could the team look at the recordings of this interview on my profile?” he asked.

“I won’t be able to do another full day of interviews for free, but [would be] happy to talk on the phone with the team for an hour,” he continued. “If the team really wants to do another full day of interviews, I can do that, but I’ll have to bill the hours at 100 $/hour.”

Editors react

Redditors applauded the email from u/theonepercent65536.

“That’s the way to defend yourself. If more people did this, the companies would stop doing these shenanigans,” u/FU-I-Quit2022 wrote.

“Thumbs up! Need to normalize this answer,” said u/redvoxfox.

u/Tehnizzim called the email “legendary.”

Newsweek contacted u/theonepercent65536 for comment.

More viral posts

On Monday, online commentators argued over an email an employer sent his employee telling him not to be sad. Redditors also slammed a boss on Monday for threatening to fire an employee who refused to come on his day off.

And last week, commentators praised a candidate who called an interviewer and explained why “no one wants to work anymore.”

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