This matter happened in May 2019 and I am looking back on this. I was a college graduate who was unemployed and was still looking for employment in my chosen field. I applied for an office job with a small beauty company. It has been in operation for 15 years. I applied for the position online by contacting the company in late-April 2019. I was then contacted by a representative for a first-round telephone interview during the final days of April 2019, which explains the position which simply answering customers' inquiries, processing customers' orders on the same-day, speaking with warehouse office in another state that ships the products out to the customer, keeping the customers up-to-date on their orders, dealing with customers' complaints, item returns, and item exchanges. This position also requires you to market the company's social media and to convince influencers to try the company's products and write or film a paid promotional review and you also have to deal with the company's financial representatives. This is a very small, family-owned company that consists of the CEO, a representative manager, a public relations manager, and one unpaid intern. The company has about 2 to 10 employees. I then had a second interview on Skype with the hiring manager which is the CEO of the company. The hiring manager had concerns because my skillset and work experience and qualifications were in another career field that was very far off office administration. The hiring manager did judge me for working for temp agencies and made an offensive question telling me "why won't you continue to work with a temp agency to get a job?" Note that a temp agency does not specialize in my career field which is neither in office administration or beauty/cosmetics. About 48 hours later, I was offered the job and asked to start the following business day and was given 24 hours to decide. I had to think about what was said in the interview- as in everything and my future, especially and most importantly, long-term. There were some red flags about the company: 1. the company is based out of the hiring manager's personal home in a private, residential neighborhood meaning no place for parking, no security, or anything. The hiring manager owns two homes in the same neighborhood on the same section. The homes are right next to each other. Their personal home and the company itself, also in a personal home. 2. The company did not offer health insurance at all, and I really do not want to do the ACA healthcare because the premiums are too high and not truly affordable as claimed. 3. The company only comprise of 4 employees and the hiring manager is out of the office 80 percent of the time traveling to other states selling products and going on vacations. 4. The hiring manager needed someone for mid-term meaning to me as they need someone for years to come. Someone who is not going to continue finding employment. So, say if I do not like the job, the hiring manager might feel betrayed that I am looking for employment on my own private time and away from work. 5. The job of an office assistant did not fit the employment job and career, and specialization I studied, invested in college to obtain employment experience in the form of internships, and a 4-year degree was concerned as she noticed that I went to a university and studied a career field I have invested time in. I also asked the hiring manager if I can start 1 to 2 weeks later as many prospective employers have already scheduled interviews with me for the following me or ask me to come in for a second-interview preferably in-person. When I asked the hiring manager if overtime pay is offered, the hiring manager said no and that I would have to work without pay. I was intending to decline the job the next day, but the hiring manager decided to rescind the job offer because I asked about overtime pay and starting between 1-2 weeks, despite agreeing to that. I did inform a family member about the job who encourage me to ask the hiring manager for clarification as hiring managers can use an offer letter as a form of a legal contract and can use it against if I decide to back out of a job after signing a contract. The hiring manager emailed me the next day saying that my questions had her concerned and she withdrew the offer. The salary was $35,000 per year and 5 days of PTO. More information about the second interview with the hiring manager/CEO at the beauty company: However, when it came to a second-round interview either in-person or Skype, there was an issue with the company. The company does not offer health insurance whatsoever at all and there is no negotiation to begin work at a later date. Also, the background check was simply a one-minute process through a credit bureau website, TransUnion. But the biggest red flag in addition to lack of benefits, working in a single-family home, and no flexibility to start work at a later date is that this company will not provide employees the opportunity to be paid for overtime work, especially if you are in a salaried position like this one. The salary for this position is at 35-thousand dollars with a limited number of days for paid time off. The company and its CEO had a concern about why I worked at a temporary staffing agency (and asked why I wouldn't go back to a temporary staffing agency) and my career experience which was in another area and didn't understand that candidates like myself are looking for real employment with actual benefits. I was also asked these questions by hiring manager: “Why won't you continue to use a temporary staffing agency to find employment?” I felt offended by this as hiring manager did not understand how a temporary staffing agency truly works and that a temporary staffing agency is not designed for job seekers to find a permanent full-time job with benefits. I felt this was the company’s way of telling me to go back to a temporary staffing agency to get a job. The vast majority of temporary staffing agencies specializes in office administration. “Why won't you visit our company in-person even though you are unemployed?” I have other prospective employers interviewing me for other employment positions. Understand that as a job seeker, I am searching for employment. Finding a job is a full-time job. I felt the hiring manager did not understand as she kept repeating this type of question over and over again. This company has three employees and one unpaid intern. I was given two-round interviews, including one with the CEO. The CEO's company is based and located at their personal residence which is a single-family home in a private residential neighborhood (meaning no parking garage, no food take-out, and no access to other typical things and perks near a regular workplace site) in a specific geographical location. The company is based and runs out of the CEO's personal home. I was totally unaware and blindsided by the fact that the company is based out of the CEO's home where they live, eat, sleep, and breathe daily. I later research this hiring manager and the address of the company through Google Search and Whitepages. The information was officially confirmed through voter records, and was very shocked to find that not only the company is in a private single-family home, but the home actually registered to the hiring manager/CEO. This was never discussed at all in the entirety of the job interview. The company and the job doesn't offer health, vision, and dental insurance, and I was genuinely honest with the CEO about why I was unemployed and that I have other companies interviewing me. The CEO wanted me to come for an in-person interview on Saturday or Sunday, but we agreed for a Skype interview on a weekday as I had other in-person interviews with other prospective employers already established in advance.
Following 48 hours (two days) after the Skype interview, I received a letter offer of employment from the CEO on May 9th. The offer letter had some spelling errors involving the date of when the job offer letter was written and the title of the job position said "office administrator" and not "administrative assistant." However, there were some things that were not mentioned or discussed in the interview and some confusing information in the job offer letter. I first asked the CEO if I could start 1 to 2 weeks after the offer was given to me as I had other interviews set for the week of May 13th (which the start date for this job was May 13th) and the hiring manager was okay with me starting on May 20th. Then, in the job offer letter, it says that employees will be expected to work 40 hours a week or more. I asked the CEO if employees who work beyond 40 hours a week will receive overtime pay. The CEO said no and employees who are required to stay late must work without pay given the job is a base salaried position and that I must make a decision by the close of business on May 10th. The conversation from the CEO states that "As a salaried position, there is no overtime pay.
Most weeks are 40 hours, but if a project needs to get done and you stay past 5, that is expected and within your salary. Overtime only applies to hourly positions, which this is not." On May 10th, less than 12 hours later, the CEO said my questions gave her concern and said she rescinded the job offer. The CEO said, "Your two emails since receiving the job offer have given pause and concern as well as about your overall commitment to the job. I hereby rescind the job offer." I was originally intending to gracefully turn down the job offer since the company and the job position do not offer overtime pay after discussing the job offer with my family members. Everything happened very fast - too fast and too quickly.
My questions to the FairyGodBoss audience are as follows:
1. Did I do anything wrong?
2. Did I scare or intimidate the hiring manager away?
3. What does this tell job seekers about a hiring manager and an employer?
4. Was it in my right to ask questions about the job offer?
5. Why are rescinded job offers a "blessing in disguise?"
6. Is it also normal for employees to work in a hiring manager’s home?
7. What should a job seeker or job candidate do if a job offer letter is rescinded in circumstances like this one?