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Old 05-27-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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I recently did the same after researching a job and discovering that the position was commission only... Called the guy asked why I said that I wasn't in a position where I could go without income while I got started and he just said, "OK, whatever."

My guess is this is a pyramid scheme (well, technically multi-level marketing, but who are we kidding?) and he gets a percentage of your sales. By you not showing up to his lousy no-brainer interview he sees less money in his pocket.

The guy is unprofessional, and you seem too nice to do that type of work. Add yet another to the pile that says that you didn't do a thing wrong. And there is nothing wrong with interviewing for a position you don't love. I have many times, just for the practice and to see the offer. Nothing wrong with turning down an offer, much less an interview.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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Well he was definitely rude. Whether you were rude also depends on exactly what you said on the phone to him.

I mean if you actually said, "I've decided to cancel because I think this job is beneath me and I've better options." that would be pretty rude and perhaps the guy's reaction was justified.

But if you were more polite and said you had decided to pursue other interests and apologized for canceling so close to the interview time...that would have been polite enough.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Well he was definitely rude. Whether you were rude also depends on exactly what you said on the phone to him.

I mean if you actually said, "I've decided to cancel because I think this job is beneath me and I've better options." that would be pretty rude and perhaps the guy's reaction was justified.

But if you were more polite and said you had decided to pursue other interests and apologized for canceling so close to the interview time...that would have been polite enough.
I was very polite and courteous, and I basically said your second paragraph almost verbatim - he was still ticked.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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I was very polite and courteous, and I basically said your second paragraph almost verbatim - he was still ticked.
The second paragraph was not very polite... Did you mean the third? Because if you said the second, it makes sense some...
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:59 PM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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I applied for a job posting, and got a reply to schedule an interview. The manager told me it was door-to-door sales, 100% commission, which I don't normally accept, but I was so desperate for a job that I said yes. Today, I decided that it would be fruitless and I really wasn't interested (and I'm sick today as well), so I decided to call in before the interview to cancel. The hiring manager was very angry and called me a - - - - -, said "good luck, you're gonna need it," and hung up on me! Wow!

Was what I did really that callous, rude and unprofessional, or was the manager out of line? Would it have been better to just no show the interview, or show up and go through the motions even when I knew I wasn't interested? I feel like a complete idiot. I will NEVER agree to an interview again unless I am SURE I want the job. NEVER AGAIN. I'm truly sorry for being such a jerk.
You weren't a jerk at all. I've been in that same situation myself and have done the same thing, so your post brings back memories.

You listened to your gut, did the right thing, and saved yourself from a nightmare. Nothing to feel bad about.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:09 PM
 
Location: NJ
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There are still door to door salesmen?
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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The second paragraph was not very polite... Did you mean the third? Because if you said the second, it makes sense some...
I meant the last paragraph - sorry. I would never say that any job was "beneath me!"
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:53 PM
 
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That man was seriously out. of. line.

Would have been "fun" working for him, eh?

He sounded desperate to keep HIS job.

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Old 05-28-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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I meant the last paragraph - sorry. I would never say that any job was "beneath me!"
Yeah, then you were definitely in the right.
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Get a grip. It sounds like someone best not to work for anyways. You don't have to be absolutely sure about a job when going into an interview. Even if you get a job offer it is perfectly acceptable to take your time to think about if it is something you want to do.
I LOVE this answer
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