31 Oct Job Seekers: Just Say No To These 10 Employer Demands
You are going to get hit with unreasonable demands from employers — or recruiters who work on behalf of employers — and you have to be ready for them.
If you aren’t prepared to handle these unreasonable demands, you’re likely to say “Yes!” and agree to something you shouldn’t.
That’s a problem for three reasons:
1. When you say “Yes, I’ll gladly oblige your unreasonable request” you train the organization to mistreat you further. They won’t stop until you say “Enough!”
2. When you give up your power during the hiring process, you also give up your negotiating leverage if they make you a job offer.
3. When you put up with mistreatment at the hands of employers and/or recruiters, you tell yourself “I’m not worthy of respect. I don’t get to have boundaries.” You’ll reduce your own value and marketability by reinforcing that negative message!
The key to handling unreasonable requests from employers and recruiters is to practice saying “Here’s what I can do, instead of what you’ve proposed” until the words roll easily off your tongue.
You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to set boundaries when you’ve practiced your script in advance.