The internet became fascinated by a student after they explained their strange new hobby in a viral post on Tuesday.
Members of Reddit’s popular r / antiwork subreddit were confused by a poster explaining that they had participated in several job interviews with no intention of ever accepting a job they were interviewing for. Entitled “I participated in interviews just to reject them,” Redditor u / R_o_g_z’s post received over 36,000 votes and 3,000 comments in just nine hours.
U / R_o_g_z explained that they have been participating in fake job interviews for the past four months, and said that they create fake profiles that pretend to be potential employees to apply for positions and secure interviews with potential employers.
I am looking for a job and participating in interviews with no intention of taking the job, “they wrote.” I have applied for a job at Indeed. I calculate the qualifications they ask for and on paper I am the perfect candidate. “
“In reality, I do not really exist,” they added.
u / R_o_g_z said they treat each interview as a significant opportunity and prepare as if their future employment is really at stake.
“I like to dress up and it feels like a real sense of opportunity,” Redditor explained. “I get a nice day out and visit new places. I go to the hairdresser, get a clean shave, get breakfast and coffee. I feel good and look good.”
For many students preparing to enter the job market, participating in job interviews without the intention of accepting an offered position can serve as a practice for future interviews. According to Indeed – one of the most popular employment sites in the United States – participating in job interviews can build interview experience, help job seekers understand what they are looking for in a job, and may even result in taking advantage of offers from multiple employers.
However, participating in job interviews with the sole purpose of dressing up and having a nice day is quite another.
In their original post, u / R_o_g_z said they go into every interview room without feeling any pressure to make a good impression. Instead, Redditor said they “turn the script” on interviewers and pressure them to get information on potential salaries and benefits before performing their final signature move.
“Then I’ll drop the bomb,” they wrote. “When it comes to salary talk, I always say it’s not really competitive in today’s market. Then I look impatient, thank them for their time, and I just walk out the door.”
Last month, amid an 11-week strike by 1,400 Kellogg’s employees in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, Washington Post reported that members of r / antiwork subreddit were effective in curbing the grain producer’s attempts to hire crusts or replace employees. Redditors filled out countless job applications for Kellogg’s positions and agreed to interviews with no intention of ever accepting a job, effectively blocking the company’s application and employee pipeline.
Although it is unclear whether u / R_o_g_z’s job interview routine is related to or inspired by other r / antiwork Redditors’ efforts to infiltrate Kellogg’s hiring page, the commenters on the original viral post were as confused as they were to cheer that their head itchy new hobby.
In the post’s top commentary, which received 8,600 votes, Redditor u / Shmea said they could benefit from trying out the original poster’s interview techniques.
“This would be a great way for me to make myself insensitive to interviews,” they wrote. “My mouth becomes dry, my mind becomes empty, I begin to sweat, and everything I have prepared goes out the window.”
Redditor u / 2020BillyJoel wrote that attending job interviews to attend them is almost like having a job, adding that the original poster should bring together all of their interview experiences in one accessible place.
“This sounds like it should be an actual job. Like a mystery shopper. You do this and then update a website with your experiences,” they commented.
Many Redditors suggested that u / R_o_g_z start recording their interviews and publishing them for the Internet, and in several responses to commentators and an update attached to their original post, they acknowledged the potential and said they would try to make it happen.
Although the original poster gave their motive for participating in job interviews, they acknowledged that practice is out of the ordinary, but wrote that the questions they ask employers about pay and benefits have the potential to create better work environments for employees in the future. .
“I’m pretty sure there’s something wrong with me,” they wrote. “I’m also sure the next person who goes to the interview will have a much better experience.”