S’pore boss cancels job interview for internship due to applicant request for virtual meeting


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An employer in Singapore took to Facebook on September 15 to share that he had offered a young woman an internship position, but it was withdrawn completely within an hour of her request – namely to meet online for the interview rather than personal face to face.

The employer, who posted the anecdote with a screenshot of the conversation he had with the applicant, gave some context to the situation by writing: “19 minutes after she agreed to come by for an interview, for no reason at all, she thought They probably think a virtual meeting will work just fine too.”

He said he gave her a chance at his company, as the applicant left her previous job after just one day, presumably because of a “toxic” work environment.

What emerged from a conversation

The texting call to confirm and then cancel the interview was short, as it happened in less than an hour over a few texts.

The first message from the employer showed him the address where the interview would take place.

Within 24 minutes, the applicant replied that she will be there.

Application for online interview

But after another 19 minutes passed, she followed up on her request: “Hi Jeffrey, is it possible to have a virtual meeting instead?”

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Within five minutes of that message, the employer replied, “Don’t think so. It’s okay if you don’t want to come down.”

Since there was apparently no response from the applicant, the following message, which came 3 minutes later to call off the interview, read: “On further reflection, let’s cancel the interview. Best.”

The post’s caption concluded with the employer’s take on the situation: “Sarah is the reason why I absolutely welcome hungry and hardworking foreigners to work here. F*** all these rules and laws protecting entitlement Singaporeans. “

The message did not state how the applicant perceived the rejection or whether there were any other follow-up responses from her.

Mixed reactions

The reactions to the post were heated and numerous, but they were split into two camps: those who agreed with the employer, and those who called it out because it was poisonous and that the applicant had dodged a bullet.

Those who agreed with the employer believed that he had taken the first step of offering a job to a candidate with a dubious track record, only to show the applicant that she didn’t want the job enough to take a trip to the interview location.

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Those who sided with the employer said he was just as honest in withdrawing the offer as he did because he owed the potential candidate no bread.

This was so when he acted to give her a chance, almost on faith, despite being aware of the circumstances in which she hastily left her previous role.

employer slammed

Those who disagreed with the employer said his response was disproportionate to the nature of the applicant’s request and that he was blowing things up.

This led to a number of commentators calling the employer just as entitled and toxic, and why young job applicants are better off elsewhere where managers and leaders are more tolerant.

The main argument against the employer was the tone of his response, which according to more than a few commentators lacked empathy and was not in good faith.

What they felt the employer should have done was show a desire to understand and learn more about the circumstances of the applicant’s request, rather than being dismissive of it.

This was because the applicant could have double-booked themselves or an emergency had occurred.

Some of those who thought so also believed that the applicant had made a reasonably reasonable request in advance that could have been negotiated.

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The employer’s dismissive nature has also been the lightning rod for criticism, leading to name-calling as he was repeatedly referred to as a “boomer,” which was an observation about the generation gap between those who have long been in the workforce and are seen as rigidly ingrained in the workforce. their thinking, and those who are just starting out.

This was also meant to say that the employer was out of touch with the new realities of employment, especially as seen by younger people, in a post-pandemic world that has already shown that working outside the office was a viable alternative.

The comments that came into discussion with the employer pointed to his overall tact, or lack thereof, for posting the position and complaining that locals don’t earn a job amid competition from foreigners who have more drive and show fire in the belly.

This has also led some to compare the disadvantages of working for local companies with multinational companies, which are perceived as more tolerant, people-oriented and with bosses who do not micromanage as much.

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