RE: Ethics of job-interview testing

Subject: RE: Ethics of job-interview testing
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 14:34:11 -0400


"Bill Lawrence" <scribe -at- matrixplus -dot- com> wrote on 06/02/2004 02:10:49 PM:
> Wow, things must be very different in your part of the
> world. Having been on both sides of interview process,
> at least in the Pittsburgh area the following are pretty
> much set in stone:
> The salary range.
> The company's benefits (including time off based on
> seniority). These
> are usually spelled out very early in the process and may
> even be on the company web site.

> The above are rarely negotiable.

Which one major reason I bristle whenever the question is brought up by
the interviewer. I can understand the question from a small start-up or a
recruiter looking to take as big a slice of the money as possible, but it
infuriates me medium/large established companies even ask. Their policies
won't change, the only thing my revealing my salary can do is guarantee
that I get the low end of their scale.

They're the ones with the fixed policies and budgets. The average worker
has a lot of play/flex in their requirements. Let them put their policies
on the table and dump the game.

If they post a salary and benefits on their website then great. There's no
need for this whole issue. They don't need salary history or expectations
from you. But few positions around here give salary levels in the want
ads.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer

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