Employer dragged for wanting candidate to give up hobby

Members of a popular forum were quick to offer advice to a netizen who explained why they had been rejected from a potential job opportunity.

In a viral Reddit post posted to r/antiwork, Redditor u/EmperorJJ (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said they recently had a job interview they were “really excited about” but detailed the details. strange line of questioning that they believe ruined their chances of landing the job.

Titled “I just got turned down for a job because I wasn’t ready to give up my hobbies,” the viral post received nearly 17,000 votes and 1,700 comments in the last 7 hours.

Writing that the position they were interviewed for is well paid and has “many perks”, the original poster said their interview went well until they were asked about their commitments outside of the workplace.

“I do community theater in my free time,” they wrote. “It never got in the way of my schedule.”

“I love the theater, it’s my whole social life. I even earn a little money on the side by designing shows,” they continued. “When interviewers asked me what I do in my free time, I told them and explained how easily my professional skills are applicable to local theaters.”

Despite their insistence that their outside obligations never interfered with a job, the original poster said they were then asked if they would be willing to leave the theater to focus entirely on work.

“‘Would you be willing to give that up for this job?'” OP wrote, recounting a question posed by an interviewer.

“‘We generally don’t like our employees having extra jobs. We’d rather have that as your primary concern,'” the interviewer continued.

Following the question, the original poster said he assured the interviewer that their involvement in acting was not a job, but a hobby. Despite this, the original poster stated that they had been rejected for the position and questioned the potential employer’s motives for their application.

“Although I would have liked a better salary and a more reliable job, is that what you have to give up to get a good job today?” they wrote. “I have to be willing to give up everything and everyone I love, the one thing I’m passionate about, the one part of my week that I truly enjoy?”

“God forbid me to have a f*****g life or spend my free time doing anything outside of the office,” they added.

Thousands of Redditors have come to the defense of a potential employee who said he was rejected from a job opportunity because of his hobbies.
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Employers asking candidates about their hobbies is common practice.

By asking questions about life outside the workplace, employers are sometimes able to determine if a candidate is team-oriented, has leadership skills, and can set and achieve goals. objectives, according to Business Intern.

However, questions about hobbies can also allow employers to gauge the engagement of potential employees if hired.

In an interview with Business Intern“Taming Your Terrifying Office Bully: How to Handle Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive at Your Job,” author Lynn Taylor assured that many employers have ulterior motives for wanting to know candidates’ outside interests.

“If you talk about your passion for a particular hobby to the point that it sounds like you want to make it your primary career, that can send a red flag,” Taylor said. “Even if you claim that such efforts have nothing to do with the job at hand, you are still raising a red flag.”

“No interviewer wants to feel like you’re just trying to get a salary or work experience,” Taylor added.

Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors speculated that the original poster was asked about their hobbies for this exact reason and remained adamant that their rejection of this particular job could ultimately be a blessing in disguise.

“Probably a place you don’t want to work OP no matter how nice it looks from an interview standpoint,” Redditor u/CheeseburgerBrown wrote in a comment that received over 3,000 votes. .

“Asking someone to give up their hobbies is a toxic trait on the part of an employer,” they added. “Never talk about making extra money outside of work. I think it was the extra pay that set off their alarm bells.”

In a separate comment, which received nearly 1,000 votes, Redditor u/waylorn offered a similar answer.

“They specifically wanted to know if you would waive it because they were clearly planning to make you ‘stay late’ most or many nights, and if you had other obligations, you would have a reason to decline them,” they wrote. .

“You dodged a bullet,” they added.

Newsweek contacted u/EmperorJJ for comment.


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