Job candidate hangs up on interview because of 6 day work week

A woman says she hung up during a phone screening for a job after the recruiter said employees had to answer emails after hours and work a day on the weekend.

In the video, which Lauren (@laurenn_morgann) posted on April 4, she says the first interview for a job was going well until the recruiter informed her that all employees keep an eye on their emails after hours and a should choose weekend day to come to the office.

“I feel like I’m on the salary and I don’t really have a work-life balance…it just doesn’t align. But I really hope you find what you’re looking for,” she told the recruiter before hanging up the call.

The caption reads, “‘Then employers are asking why doesn’t Gen Z want to work 9-5?!! that’s why.”

@laurenn_morgann Then employers say why doesn’t Gen Z want to work 9-5?!! that’s the reason. #jobsuche #9to5 #interview #worklifebalance #foryoupage ♬ Original sound – laurenn_morgann

In the comments, users criticized the company, which Lauren didn’t name, for its lack of work-life balance and boundaries.

“What could [be] so important? As if jobs weren’t real. The emails can wait a day,” wrote one user. This prompted Lauren to respond: “They want you to literally bare your heart and soul at minimum wage.”

“Wow they don’t even try to hide it,” said another. “As a person in recruitment, it’s a nightmare.”

“At 6 days I have a feeling they’d be dead saying ‘why don’t we have company accommodation and we can work 7 days a week!☺️’ *sleeping bags not provided*,” joked a third.

Others tried to break down how much extra salary potential employees should get if they were asked to work outside of the usual 9 to 5 hours.

“Checking emails all the time at home + 6 days/week in the office = 24/7 job. If they’re offering under $63510, that’s below average minimum wage for on-call hours,” said one commenter.

The Daily Dot contacted Lauren via Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: April 10, 2023 6:12 pm CDT

Rebekah Harding

Rebekah Harding is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot. She has digital and print bylines in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, SheKnows and more.

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