By Jeanna - 15/03/2016 23:14 - United States - Baskett

Today, I went into a store for an interview. I've had several places wanting to talk to me and this job was a lot lower paying. I got a little cocky and when offered the job, I said I wanted some time to finish my other interviews first and see what my options were. The manager then took back his offer. FML
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When being interviewed, don't mention other places. Just say "can I take some time to think about it?" Otherwise shit like this happens. You definitely deserve this one for trying to be a big shot

There's a difference between confidence and cockiness, and no matter how confident you are about getting a job, you should never be arrogant in an interview. But on the bright side this can be a humbling experience! Better luck with those other jobs...

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talk to men? seems like a typo

Yes, talk to men. It was a sex hotline job.

Yeah, it really threw me off. I was wondering if the FML was that her other job offers were blatantly sexist (or she was assuming they were), but she was using them to bluff this lower-paying job into giving a better offer.

Aerobic_Exorcism 13

Sex hotline? I thought this post was relative to sexism. YDI, op, for being a conceited cunt.... Especially so when all you had to do was call horny men and get paid. Dumbass.

Your mouth can get you in trouble

UserError94 18

Or out of trouble ;) dive back in there op!

TMO2142 25

did you just...

Epic advise 10, I bet you're pretty high up on your companies corporate ladder.

Gimmi gimmi never gets

There's a difference between confidence and cockiness, and no matter how confident you are about getting a job, you should never be arrogant in an interview. But on the bright side this can be a humbling experience! Better luck with those other jobs...

When being interviewed, don't mention other places. Just say "can I take some time to think about it?" Otherwise shit like this happens. You definitely deserve this one for trying to be a big shot

We all know the ethics. What bothers me is that they can always tell you that they have other people to interview. Just as hypocritical, they can terminate you at any time while we're supposed to give a 2-weeks notice.

Sounds like deep down you didn't want the job anyways cos of the pay so subconsciously you sabotaged it for yourself. I've done that before myself..

You walked right into that one...apply around and when you have options take the one you want...confidence is good but over confident and cocky will most likely break it...and you learned that the hard way...good luck OP...keep this lesson learned while you continue looking

Never be cocky with potential employers. Even if you don't end up working there. You very much deserved it.

I understand why the manager took back his offer. Mentioning other places is not the best thing to do in an interview, obviously. Hopefully you won't be cocky in future job interviews.

When I meet potential future employees, I always ask them if they've got any other job opportunities that they're actively trying to get at this moment, and I greatly appreciate an honest answer. I mean, let's be realistic, if you're looking for a job you're gonna try and contact several places, nothing wrong with that. When a potential employee mentions other places, and asks for (a reasonable amount of) time to see how things play out and make an informed decision, I take that as a sign they're honest and realistic people who are doing their damn best to find a job. So I'd say there's nothing wrong with mentioning other places in an interview, just don't be cocky about it.

You're right, I've haven't ever applied for a job and I would be scared to mention that I have another job interview since I don't want to mess up my chance of getting a job. It is best to tell the truth, I've even been told to say some of flaws you have during an interview but say that you will try your best. I think it might also depend on the person giving you the interview as well.

#26 are you in the states? cause I want you to be my interviewer if you are. Stuff like what OP posted happens far too often because of how our society views jobs and careers.

Not in the states no, so this might be a cultural thing. I do agree it's best not to bring up other interviews unless you're being asked about it, but in my experience this is the kind of thing that normally gets asked.

From an employer's perspective, they only want applicants that want the job. If you're shopping around and imply that you'll only take this job if other offers fall through, that can be annoying. Plus it makes the employer think that you'll only stay at this job until something better comes up, which hurts them in the long run. The employer is perfectly within their rights to offer the job to someone who really wants it- they'll probably make a better employee.

You can really want several jobs though. I've been myself in situations where I had to choose between several rather similar job offers that were all genuinely interesting. It's unrealistic to think someone has only one particular job they're interested in, that they only want to do in one particular place, and that your company happens to be that place. As an employer, you'll see different candidates and weigh the pros and cons to pick the person you think would be the best fit. It's reasonable to expect employees to do the same thing.

You shouldn't act like you're better than the job you got offered, that's disrespectful to the boss and let's him know you find his company a joke. If you are sincerely interested, I would try to explain to him that you loud mouthed your words in a negative way and that you meant to say that you would love some time to think about it before you make the commitment. Good luck OP!