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Would You Jump Through This Hoop For a Promotion?

The other day PetSugar shared a story with me about her ex-employer who was notorious for putting employees through hoops. In this particular case, there was a position open that would be considered a step up, and the office required workers to apply and interview for a move rather than simply offer a promotion.

One of her coworkers was vacationing on the East Coast and when he got wind of the open position, he expressed interest in the job. Rather than allow the employee (who had been working for them for more than two years) to interview when he returned from his trip, the employer said he had to buy a web-cam and interview while on vacation.

Pet's co-worker purchased the equipment and ended up getting the job. Would you have bought the web-cam if you were in his position?


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magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
It depends on the job, really. I don't think it's all that unreasonable assuming that the person's current job paid enough to allow for an expense like that, and anything above admin usually makes a webcam purchase not too much of a hit.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Err...I mean, my fiance's dad is interviewing for jobs and one of them had him get a webcam for the interview because the position was on the other side of the country. If this promotion were being treated like interviewing for an entirely new position, I don't get why this was an unreasonable request? I mean, webcams are seriously $40 and reusable. It almost seems like the boss was helping this guy!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Depends on the job. Sounds like the job wouldn't really be my type of job, anyway. Seems like the boss is on a power trip, and I don't really want to be some ones bitch.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
I would have tried to make it a phone interview, I mean he sees you in the office every day. . . . If he still insisted then he's probably just trying to see how much you want it. Although now you've got me thinking that thats probably unfair too, I mean nobody else had a vacation available to prove him or herself. . . .
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Did the boss tell him he MUST BUY a webcam? Because really, if he's out on a vacation, he could've just used a computer in an internet cafe or whatever for the interview. Demanding an employee to buy one is just a case of power tripping. Lol. Regarding the question, I wouldn't mind doing the interview while I was on a vacation, most especially if I really wanted that promotion. Maybe the boss has his reasons to ask such a request, maybe he needs to make a decision ASAP so he couldn't wait for me to return and has to do the interview right away. But whatever, it all boils down to if you really want what's being offered or not. And if that's the promotion you want, then by all means, webcam your way to that job upgrade! This totally reminds me of Cameron's character in What Happens in Vegas. Haha. Sorry for sidetracking.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Yes, at this point in the game - I don't see the $50 purchase as a big deal. I think even if you proved yourself for 5 years, no job is given to you, you’re constantly as well as your boss looking for ways to increase your valuabilty to the job. I know many non-profits that infrastructures are more corporate than most corporations. Just think of it this way: Say you’re the senior VP of an investment firm and you just made a huge deal and went on a 3 week vacation, you think everything is okay and you take off for Europe – the deal falls through and the merger is not complete. Some people think, “hey – I’m on vacation, it can wait till I get back or they try to smooth the waves over via phone and e-mail. Maybe your company has a culture of face to face contact and your boss wants to know if you will go the extra mile. Will you go buy a webcam in Europe and do a couple of meetings, cut your trip short and come home, or screw the deal and deal with the outcome when you go home? This is what companies, your boss, supervisor is always looking for - how far will you go to get the job done.
emsmiley emsmiley 8 years
If $50 for a web cam stood in the way of my getting a better position, I would jump that hoop blindfolded. It seems ridiculous, but it is actually fair. To avoid playing favorites, they asked him to be resourceful and apply during the same time as the other applicants. I'm all for it.
stephley stephley 8 years
That job would have to be something I really, really wanted to get me to buy the camera. Otherwise, I wouldn't want to spend too much more time at a company that valued this sort of gamesmanship. But I definitely am not comfortable in anything too corporate.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
its like 40$ for a webcam, so it wouldnt be the money thing that would get me it would be the demand of the boss, to someone who already has proven themselves. that's the annoying part. but i would still have done it for sure.
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
It depends. But, I think I would do it. Probably grumble out it the whole vacation, too, haha.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
Totally agree with you Ilanac13.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
It's a 50-50 chance but I guess the boss' demand was to test how interested and determined this employee was.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
unless the company was willing to expense the purchase, i think that it's a bit unreasonable. from my experience, if you're out of state or out of the area and cannot be there in person to interview, they would allow a phone interview and then bring you in - in person. i think that to make someone get a webcam in order to interview isn't proper - and if they didn't get reimbursed for the purchase - then it's really not fair. it's kind of a slap in the face if they don't accommodate you especially since you're already with the company and you have a track record that can be referred to. that's a rather unfair option - and i'm not sure that it would outweigh the bonus of getting the better position.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
remember: with great power comes great responsibility!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
seems a little hardcore to me...but then again I don't know what the job was...I mean if it was mailroom clerk then WTF??? but if it was vice president of a company, then hellllz yes!
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