Two weeks ago, I submitted my resume via email to a company for their open payroll manager position.
Last week (Wednesday) I received a call from Megan at the company. During our conversation, she asked me "What are your salary expectations?" I told her "In the 60s." She said "What does that mean?" I said "My base is currently $60,000 and bonuses generally run $5,000 a year on top of that."
She said okay and scheduled an interview with me for today at 3:00pm.
I arrived early and Megan came out to get me at 2:50pm. She said "I need to finish up this project so I'm going to have you talk to our Director of HR first." Okay, so I went to meet with Bert.
I was back in my car, suit jacket neatly hung on its hanger, portfolio, briefcase and purse neatly stowed at 3:01pm.
During my time with Bert, he reviewed my resume and asked a few slightly-relevant employment & experience related questions. Then he asked "What are your salary expectations?" I said "In the 60s" as I had previously to Megan. Once again, I explained the base and bonus, stipulating that I fully understood that a standard payroll management position generally doesn't come with an incentive plan.
At this point, I pulled out my portfolio and tried to engage Bert in some of the additional items I brought to the table - HR things like benefit administration, 4400 reporting, vendor invoice reconciliation, GL entries, etc.
He said, as he was walking me out the door, that:
[list][*]I really only wanted to pay in the mid-50s.[*]Really toward the low 50s.[*]You're certainly worth $60k but we're a small company, only 100 employees.[*]Let me think about it some more.[*]There might be a chance to incorporate the stock administration into the position.[*]We already have someone else in mind. [*]Call me in about a week or so to see where things stand.[/list:u]
I work in a company where jeans are the norm (all the way up to the Regional VP). I arranged time away from work. I arrived early. I was freshly showered, wearing a suit, understated jewelry and makeup - things I don't normally do. (Except the shower - I do that daily!) I drove 25 minutes to this company and had mentally prepared for the interview. I carefully reviewed the job listing. I visited their website to gather more information about their industry.
The bottom line is that I'm furious! It's not like I pulled a rabbit out of the hat when I got in to see Bert. My salary expectations hadn't changed one iota. These people absolutely wasted my time.
I can think of nothing I want to say to Bert or Megan other than to tell them that I think they're a bunch of unprofessional jerks and there's not enough money in the world to make me want to work with these nitwits who are such rude, inconsiderate time-wasters!
So ... my husband says I should call them back and let them know exactly how I feel. (It's not like I [i]would[/i] work for them even if they offered me a job at a great salary.)
I'm leaning more toward "no news is good news" and just not even acknowledging their presence on the planet. No thank you note (especially since there's not a chance in hades I'd want to work there and I have no idea how to email these morons with anything less than the complete rudeness they foisted on me today).
Your thoughts? (And if you tell me to send a thank-you note anyway, I'll need you to provide the verbiage because I can think of nothing civilized I want to say to these people.)