When it comes to job interviews, it's easy not to be discerning because we all want a consistent paycheck.
But beware of potental employers who brag about the company you're interviewing for.
Sometimes the job description and what is expected of employees is very telling of the company that may not be compatible for you.
Curious to hear from people who were turned off by job interviews, Redditor u/Baker_1-2 asked:
"What is the worst thing a potential employer has bragged about the job you were interviewing for during a interview?"
These Redditors were appalled by how much time employees were expected to put in during their work week.
Putting In The Hours
"'We pay such a high base salary because we expect a 70-hour work week.' That's all I needed to hear."
"They bragged about a 'loophole' they were exploiting to not pay overtime, which amounted to a one-page NDA promising not to discuss payment, compensation, or labor practices with anyone, including government officials."
"First of all, the mere existence of that document is two federal crimes: the Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits employers from even hinting that employees shouldn't discuss compensation and trying to get someone to sign an NDA to cover up a crime is coercion."
"I reported them to the Texas Workforce Comission."
The following warnings indicated these were not the jobs applicants expected.
"'We are a fast paced company. We routinely evaluate everyone's performance to remove the poor performers. It's why we are always hiring new people. Those who stay get great perks like fruits and biscuits and team lunches.'"
"Like wtf. Such a red flag. I withdrew my application straight soon as I got home."
"Hiring manager talked about how the work ethic in the office is to show up before your boss and go home after the boss leaves."
"Hiring manager once showed up at 4am and the hiring manager's boss was already there, so the hiring manager stayed a few extra hours that night."
"And they were saying all of that like it was a fun and exciting game."
"'When you work for us, you'll be available 24/7, if we call when you're on your honeymoon, you answer the phone'. Not to mention the IT manager was a massive jerk to the nth degree anyway... Needless to say, I didn't start at that company."
The egregious behavior of these employers indicated the company was one to avoid.
"At the time I was a drug addict and considered it a good thing but now years later in recovery I realized a GM that provided me with free drugs all of the time to get through long shifts without days off was actually a scumbag."
"I showed up to a interview 10 minutes early. Interview didn't get started for at least another half hour. At the end of interview and tour, the owner went on a big rant about how important punctuality is and being late is his biggest pet peeve. I was like hold up, you just made me sit around for a half hour and you want to preach to me about being late."
"Same employer was highly impressed with my previous experience in that career field, said it was hard to find people with a passion and knowledge to do the job. Then he balked at my pay request and wanted to start me out at the bottom end of the pay range. Entry level wages for over 10 years experience, no thanks!"
"I accidentally became part of a group interview with a life insurance company where the main guy said 'It's amazing what you can talk the elderly into'. I asked out loud 'How do you manage to sleep at night?' and he isolated me from the group to quietly get me to leave, which felt great."
We all do our best to bring our A-game to job interviews. It's an opportunity to present the best part of ourselves to persuade the interviewer you're the person for the job.
But while you can't afford to be too picky, remember to never sell yourself short, and listen to your gut if something during the interview seems a bit off.
Also, be wary of companies that are too eager to hire you with a hard sell.
There's nothing wrong with asking plenty of questions. Because it is as much your interview as it is theirs.
What's impressive to us as kids and what's impressive to us as adults are two wildly different things. The "flexes" that we did on other kids typically revolved around impressing other students at school with various weird things. Here are some of the best ones, as the people of Reddit look back at childhood.
u/Tempest_OW_ asked: What was your ultimate flex when you were a child?
Zoomin' past the haters.
I had an electric scooter, must have been flexin hard since some parents would harass me for riding it on school property.
After school, I had one lady who was so jealous that she would follow me on my way home and scream "you need a license for that thing I checked with the police". Meanwhile I'm 13 years old riding a toy designed for kids.
The most powerful super soaker to ever hit the market.
Some idiot of a person threw it in the trash as they thought it was just old. I miss it a lot as nothing compares to being physically exhausted trying to get those final charges in to pump it up to full power. When you maxed it out, you knew you were about to do a 'lotta damage!
Don't know what that means but I'm happy for you.
I got a Holographic Blastoise in my first pack of Pokemon cards.
My very first pack had a foil Poliwrath.
I'd be jealous too.
Bringing McDonald's to school during lunch time.
As for personal talents, absolutely NADA. I was as talentless as they came.
My dad worked with Steve Irwin and we often had dinners etc with his family.
That's not a childhood flex, that's a lifetime flex right there.
Now that's talent.
I can touch my nose with my tongue and I can pop my jaw, my dad has stated that whenever he hears me pop my jaw he's scared that my jaw is just going to unhinge like a snake.
I can do that and I used to purposely annoy my high school boyfriend by doing it while making creepy eye contact. The sound freaked him out. It was a fun way to win stupid fights.
How did they get them?
I had all these fake mobile phones they used for displays in stores. I used to sell them.
First to discover Minecraft in my school and spread the word around.
You got to flex over that? I was the first to discover Minecraft in my middle school, but everyone just called me gay for playing it instead of Call of Duty. It finally got big when it came out for Xbox, but nobody would have it when I tried to pull an I-told-you-so.
Bonus: My terrible username I still use to this day is the name I came up with, in a sudden moment of inspiration in the P.E. locker room in 6th grade, to use for a Minecraft let's play. I could say I'm "more epic than you" in every episode.
At the time I legitimately thought it was the best idea I'd ever had in my life. I even made this Reddit account to ask a question in a Notch AMA.
Always look on the bright side.
Me and my friends would compare how many cuts and bruises we had on our legs. I was always the winner. I have atopic dermatitis.
Way to turn a bad into a good.
"Smoking" a candy cigarette when I was 10 or 11 behind the convenience store, looking angrily at a younger kid and yelling with my new found machismo, "What are you looking at?!"
Did you call him a poser? There's no coming back from that insult.
Everybody at least one thing they can brag about. And try as we might, there are always instances where all we want is to slip that piece of information into a conversation. But what is the right technique to work a in a humblebrag? These Redditors will tell you.
u/HoldMeDownSanta asked: What's one humble brag you always like to slide into conversation?
I mean hey, it's a free $30.
Back in the 30s a distant relative wrote a song that happened to get a dozen different covers during the 40s and 50s... and it was just the right style for Fallout's radio stations. Thanks to Disney's never-ending quest to make copyrights last forever... here I am nearly 100 years later collecting about $30 a month.
It makes my taxes a pain in the butt, though. Schedule E for rental properties and royalties made it so I couldn't do simple filing EVER.
It's a weird thing to have, and so I try to slip it into conversations because it's something fun to talk about.
I be flossin'.Giphy
I floss every day. That's right, every single day!
That's is actually quite impressive.
"Did I stutter?" I have a bad stutter, so this helps assert dominance. Works. Every. Time. It's how I actually met my girlfriend, I used that line and she laughed so hard she gave me her number
Bro that's a power move if I ever heard of one GG
Now THAT'S skill.Giphy
I've ridden all 47 rides at Disney World in a single day without any sort of VIP tour cheating.
The freelance writer grind...
That I'm a freelance writer and I'm not allowed to disclose some of the people I've written for... you know, since you asked.
What was it like writing for a well known 90's TV show actor?
Now THAT'S cool.
I have an asteroid named after me for my contributions on a currently flying space mission.
I mean, it isn't a big asteroid... but it's a little proof that I've launched at least one thing into space.
Bold and brash.Giphy
My Master's degree in clarinet performance. Just because it was so d*mn difficult and would probably never get me a pay rise either. But I started it and finished it. So proud of that useless degree...
Squidward is prolly jealous of you.
Being able to say the alphabet backwards in about 5 seconds flat consistently
This is good because you can easily provide proof, and it pairs well with drinking.
Ah yes, good ol' fashioned sexism.
I'm a pilot.
Although, as a woman, it often just confuses people and they sometimes respond, "Oh, like a flight attendant?"
I'm naturally left handed, but I'm nearly self-taught ambidextrous. I've been teaching my right hand to do what my left hand normally would do, including writing.
My cup size. 99% of the time the girls are a pain in the ass and I'd drop down if given the chance, but that 1% of the time they come in handy makes it worth it. I only mention it to girls, but I make no effort to lower my voice if boys happen to hear.
Talent at a young age.
When I was a little girl, my school made all of us sit down and create little anti-smoking propaganda posters for some kind of PSA or another. Mine was apparently good enough that it got me an award, a picture with the attorney general, and a small write-up in the local paper.
I have a viral video where I saved a drowning dog at an abandoned waterpark. On my channel is has about 250k views, but on Facebook it has about 35 million views on The Dodo.
Love a good celeb hang.
My dad knows Ed Sheeran's mom, they're friends. My mother is friends with Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid from Harry Potter) and used to go to his parties before she moved. My sister has met Anne-Marie and plays hockey with Ed's wife.