When she noticed the lower hourly rate while signing the paperwork and questioned the interviewer, she was told: "well, you're here now, may as well take it."
Job hunting isn't an easy task. A person seeking a job might have to go through numerous rejections and hurdles to secure a desirable job. And then there are some recruiters who do the unimaginable—lying about the salary or employee benefits for a role and then flipping their offer at the last minute while recruiting a new candidate.
u/Aviaja_Apache posted a story on Reddit about their friend's vile encounter with one such job recruiter who tried to bait and switch her with a huge drop in pay.
The caption on the original post read as follows: "My friend got invited in for an interview after one over the phone. She was told she would get '$X' amount. When she was signing paperwork to start, the rate was $3.15 lower than (what was) agreed. When she questioned it, the interviewer said 'well you're here now, may as well take it.' The rest is history."
It is unimaginable how they thought they could get away with something like this. No one in their right mind would agree to go through with the paperwork after having this nasty trick pulled over them.
That's exactly how OP's friend, Jessica, felt. Rather than ignore the enormous red flag the employer just waved in their face, she decided to hit them back with a vanishing act. OP shared a screenshot of the text conversation between the recruiter and Jessica which shows exactly how things eventually played out.
When the recruiter noticed that the interviewee hasn't returned after her prolonged bathroom break, they texted her, "When you asked to use the bathroom I assumed it was the one here at this location." OP's friend hilariously reacted to the recruiter’s message by replying: "Yeah you got me. Listen I don't want the job, y'all can keep that sh*t." The recruiter replied with a simple "Ok," which shows that they knew exactly what they were up to.
Some Reddit users were astounded by the audacity of the recruiter to change their offer at the last moment to a potential employee. "LOL did they honestly think someone would accept a 3.15-an-hour lower salary just because 'you're already here’? The audacity," u/Snowconetypebanana commented. "Employers pulling sh*t like this should be illegal. Of course, the one thing that they seem to be good at is not putting suspicious things in writing," u/Remarkable_Quit_3545 wrote.
u/artificialavocado shared a relatable experience as well. "They purposely give you an offer knowing you are either going to give 2 weeks or just outright quit your current job assuming you are working. Then you are screwed. This sh*t is monstrous and really needs to be made illegal. A year or so ago I was looking for remote jobs. It said 'remote' on the listing. Then at some point during the interview, it comes up that it isn't actually remote. That happened twice," they commented.
Let this incident with OP's friend, Jessica, be an example of how we need to keep our cool and respond with a level head when recruiters make false offers or give us misleading job descriptions.