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Paying the price of being single during job hunts

I figured it would be good to share some of the weird workplace behaviour and incidents I experienced during potential job interviews with the world pulse community. There are a couple of weird statements, responses that were thrown back at me during some of those hideous job interviews ...I am glad I never got selected to work for such mentally deranged employers for whatever reason.

I remember walking into a corporate firm whose business was exporting ornamental fish and a whole heap of unusual agricultural produce - vegetables and fruits that were considered exotic on fancy dinner tables. Somehow the guy who interviewed me got down to the formalities and when it was time to negotiate the pay, I spelt out my worth and pat came the response "if you are not married why do you need so much of money" flabbergasted was I and instantly realising that I was not going to work for such a moron "I cynically responded to the jerk's catty remark. It was his turn to feel bad..I didn't sit around to justify my worth and walked off feeling extremely disgusted and irritated at being ridiculed.
There was another company to which I was called and while I was seated along with a few other applicants a young girl appeared out of somewhere and began clicking pictures of the candidates. On inquiring the reason for doing this, I was curtly told that that was the company's policy. To me it was acceptable if the company had already hired the candidates but to take pictures of candidates sitting to face an interview was totally insane. When it was my turn, I said that I could not accept the reasoning and saw no logic in taking my picture to which I got a cold cut throwback answer that simply read this-is-our-way-of-doing-things. My concern was this company was a security service provider and had a picture of the country president hanging on the walls of the main lobby area. They were supposed to be a local affiliate of a giant Scandinavian security service provider although operated under a different name locally.

Along my continuous hunt, I bumped into many more similar morons but never rose from the chair I sat facing them, without ridiculing them in the same manner or rising to voice my concerns when truly needed. I felt to not voice out the truth and walk out was stooping down to their cowardly chauvinist remarks dished out in generous proportions purposely to ridicule whoever they chose to pick on or to merely show the positions of power. At least I could be contented that I chose to give these jerks a good shaking that would make them feel little as it was coming from the mouth of a small fly ! Not the so called hyped up advocacy that all the big frilly NGO's love to klout about..but something of that sort in my own way


Breese's picture

Janice - I commend you for

Janice - I commend you for taking risks and speaking up and out against such discriminatory practices, without letting yourself get discouraged. Stay strong! People like you change societies.

janice.corera's picture


I know I am not alone when it comes to discrimination at the workplace here in my very own country. I am glad I found this interesting community to highlight these issues. I also know that these incidents are minor when compared to many other stenching stuff that just happens to normal employees.

I just hope that stronger policies will be brought in to combat such discriminatory practices and someday the number of women who will be talking about this kind of crap will drastically reduce.

Thank you for your support :)

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