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Job interview = work for us for a week for free!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TheSportsPredictor, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member


    We'll see how it goes. Then maybe we'll give you an actual interview!
  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Make sure you're getting paid for your week of work.
    I got burned once on a tryout with a golf magazine.
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    The first three words of that ad says it all.
  4. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Somebody tell me how this is legal.
  5. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Not any different than a volunteer gig or unpaid internship.

    I did a week-long tryout at one place, but did get paid and did lead to a job offer.
  6. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    So, you basically have to be unemployed, take a full week off or work 16-hour days to "try out" for a job? Fuck that. I wouldn't mind them wanting a story or two ... but a full week and THEN you have to make it through another formal interview? Yeah, really, fuck that.
  7. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    You got some writing chops and a love of reporting?

    Are you fucking serious? You can't correctly write the first sentence in your ad, and you plan to edit my stories?

    I don't think so, Scooter.

    Sadly, I see a lot of cheapskate publishers salivating over this idea -- get something for nothing.

    My current one offered about $8.50 an hour for our open reporting gig.
  8. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    That's depressing. Did you tell him most custodial positions have a higher starting salary than that?
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Eh, it is what it is. Just say no and move on.
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