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<snip>The reason for this: she says she doesn't want to "pay for her to
learn the job;" if the work took longer to complete than the planned
hours (we don't know how these "planned" hours were planned, or if they
were selected arbitrarily), my wife would have to essentially work for
free or at a reduced hourly rate.</snip>
I don't know how urgently your wife needs this job, but it seems as if
this firm may be trying to get "something for nothing"--I am a just a
*bit* sensitive about this issue. If at all possible, I would try and
negotiate first, but if they are unwilling, I'd run, fast, if I were
How do they know this is a reasonable time frame? It could be
ridiculously short, even for a more experienced individual. Hope this