Following on from a recent investigation we reported on, where interns were being replaced with more interns in large organisations, it appears now that many companies have started to charge people to apply for job openings.
The new controversial move has caused outrage amongst job seekers, who are now being forced to decide which they want more: The job interview or food.
The reason behind the move by many companies is apparently to reduce the amount of poor quality applicants that apply for jobs.
We spoke to one anonymous insider who works in the HR department of a large multinational corporation who said:
We’re getting thousands of CVs in on a weekly basis and a large majority of them are not suited for the positions we have. Many unemployed people are just firing out CVs to random jobs so that they can keep the social welfare happy. Yesterday I got a CV from a 19 year old apprentice baker who appeared to think they were the right fit for the head of our entire IT department. Like seriously?
Although companies claim it helps them find the right person quicker, many believe it’s exploiting unemployed people. According to information we acquired, the average cost to simply apply online for a job is €4.95. And, what’s worse is that there is an additional increased expense if you do get selected for an interview.
Some companies are reportedly charging applicants up to €70 to come in for an interview. Second and third round interviews are being charged for as well, meaning that some unemployed people are having to fork out over €200 and may not even get the job.
Many people are being forced into illegal activities just so they can afford to pay for a job interview. Some people have started selling counterfeit goods, heroin and even their own organs to try and make enough money to apply for some legitimate jobs.
A new wave of job applicants have been created that are missing a kidney or a lung by the time they sit down in front of an interviewer, leading many to now believe that applying for jobs is one of the biggest threats to human health.
People are asked to be weary when applying for jobs and to report any suspicion they may have to the relevant local authorities – and where possible, avoid applying for positions completely.
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