In which the good news isn’t

36004771.jpgSo, in theory, I got offered a job last Wednesday, which ought to be good news.  I had a company contact me out of the blue regarding a resume that I had posted on a job site and asking for me to come in and do an interview.  The actual job itself wasn’t something I might have gone for on my own– sales, generically– but I suspected I could be good at it, and screw it, job.

Two interviews and some new clothes later, I actually got offered a position, asked for a couple of days to discuss it with my wife, and then found myself in the odd position of realizing that I need to have my scam filters up while interviewing for a job.  Long story short: the position pays on pure commission, which is bad enough (I have had one commission job in my life, which I quit after my second shift by simply not showing up for my third) but the way the commissions are determined is… we’ll say shifty.

When the guy interviewing you says, during the second interview, “It’s like a pyramid.  Not a pyramid scheme, but a pyramid!” it should throw up some red flags.  And it did, but they didn’t really fully register until I got home and my wife looked up the company on some web job boards.  And at that point… yeah.  No.

So I gotta email this guy tonight or tomorrow and turn down an at-least-in-theory paying job when I haven’t been to work since October, which chaps my ass something fierce to have to do, but I should never have to use the phrase “at least in theory” when referring to the paying part of a job, and for this job I kinda do.

So, yeah.  Still doing this: anybody wanna hire me?  I’m good at stuff!

7 thoughts on “In which the good news isn’t

  1. It’s astounding how many companies use pyramid schemes. I applied for and then turned down at least three or four before finding my current, legitimate salary-paying job. It’s better that you keep looking. Good luck!

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  2. I got into something like this one time and quit before I was done with training.

    Also sold vacuum cleaners door-to-door by appointment in a pyramidish way and that was the most miserable six months of my life, job-wise.

    I feel for you, but I’ve gotta believe you’ve got skills someone wants. It’s just a matter of finding them.

    I was lucky during my last round of unemployment. Was let go but on good terms with references and found a half-time job with the same organization two months later. Then hung on there for a couple of years until a full-time position opened up. That was tough.

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  3. Yeah…I turned down one of these as well…if it’s the business that I’m guessing it is, it’s totally legit…except that it feels soooo shady…Lemme guess…you stand in stores convincing people to sign up for services offered by said store…or something similar…asked by an add saying “direct marketing” position…

    I really wish more of these places would be…up front in their adds…

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  4. realitytourist

    At least if you were serving tables you’d be getting a base pay plus tips, but when your entire salary is based on sales commission, you’re screwed. Sorry. Look on the bright side, you always want to do the interview because it’s good practice.

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