Going on a job interview can be an incredibly stressful and anxiety-triggering situation. For many people, we need a job to survive. Therefore, when you find a position that is “perfect” for you, you get extra nervous, hoping you ace the interview. But, what do you do when a potential boss completely bullies and belittles you during your interview process? Honestly, I’d have no idea how to react. Olivia Bland, a marketing professional from Manchester, England, however, knew exactly how to handle herself when this recently happened to her during an interview.
Bland shared on Twitter that she received a job offer from a company, after she had a horrible interview with the company’s CEO. She shared on Twitter:
Yesterday morning I had a job interview for a position at a company called Web Applications UK. After a brutal 2 hour interview, in which the CEO Craig Dean tore both me and my writing to shreds (and called me an underachiever), I was offered the job. This was my response today.
Her response, however, was one that was well put together and well thought out. Bland declined the job offer, and explained in grave detail how humiliating and uncomfortable it was for her to sit in an interview where the CEO tore apart “her and her writing entirely.”
She also said she understands that by sending this email and declining the offer, she fell into the CEO’s “test” trap that he was clearly trying to present.
Bland also said that the way in which the CEO spoke to her reminded her far too much of the abusive relationship that she recently got out of. She believes that taking the job will be traumatic for her. Additionally, she added that she is not the only one who feels this way—as there are many other reviews online that say similar things.
After her tweet went viral, the company’s board of directors issued a response to the claims that their CEO was conducting himself inappropriately during the interview process. However, Bland was not interested in their excuses, stating:
@WebAppUK but this isn’t good enough. I haven’t even received a direct apology from your company. Fix up.
Many on Twitter applauded Bland for standing up for herself, and countless others, and sticking to her guns.
''This job is supposed to be the present. I don't want it.'' I don't think that I have ever read something so powerful and brave. You didn't just stand up for yourself but for so many others too. Thank you!
— Ivan Fahy (@IvanFahy) January 30, 2019
Olivia, I’m so fucking proud of you—bc you left an abusive ex, bc you know what you will & won’t tolerate, & you’re standing up for yourself! 👏
I’ve was in a long abusive relationship, & I know exactly how you’re feeling. You will find a job worthy of your talent!
— 🦴 𝕊𝕦𝕕𝕤 𝕠'𝔹𝕚𝕥𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕤 🦴 (@SudsBitches) January 29, 2019
Having been in this position multiple times but unable to do what you just did here, I feel so thankful to see an example of how to handle a situation like this. Thank you! 💜 We need more vulnerability and kindness in this world.
— Yuge Yun 🎨 (@YugeYun) January 29, 2019
Unlike you I took the job where I felt like this in the interview and it was the worst 3 months of my life, where my mental health took a massive hit. Over three years ago and I still get anxious thinking about it. Good on you for sticking up for yourself.
— Kelly (@Kelly_QPR) January 30, 2019
This is such a clear, courageous and dignified response to appalling behaviour. All power to you for seeing the value in yourself and declining a job offer from a workplace that will not respect you. Very best of luck with your other interviews!
— Dr Kat Gupta (@mixosaurus) January 29, 2019
It's such a disgrace that the CEO from a reputable company @WebAppUK who talks a lot about supporting mental health, gender issues, menopause issues and feels strongly about education (on their YouTube videos) should act in such a loathsome, disrespectful manner! Appalling!!!!
— Gini Bland (@GiniBland) January 29, 2019
Perfect response, I hope it hits a nerve with someone there. I also hope you can feel the empowerment from realising that past experience has enabled you to impose a hard limit on what you’ll tolerate. I’ve been there, and it was a relief to see my self-preservation in action
— Carly Minsky (@carlyminsky) January 30, 2019