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AIBU to not give my presentation away following an unsuccessful job interview?

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TygerTyger Thu 03-Nov-16 10:36:44

Hello, I've just been for a job interview. I've been told how marvellous I am (natch) and how wonderfully confident I am (not). I have been asked if I give them my presentation as a lot of work had obvs gone into it. The cost of the suit was £200, some journals for research was 50 quid and DH and DF think I should not give my research away. I don't want to p*ss them off, but in this job climate it feels that you have to give give give. On the one hand I want to please but on the other hand I'm tempted to feel its unprofessional of me to give proper work away for nothing. Help! hmm

Shurelyshomemistake Thu 03-Nov-16 10:38:27

Tell em to feck off! Chancers.

HillaryFTW Thu 03-Nov-16 10:39:07

Offer them a day's paid consultancy to come in and take them through it.

user1471545174 Thu 03-Nov-16 10:39:55

YANBU, your intellectual property. Bloody cheek.

IScreamYouScream Thu 03-Nov-16 10:40:59

Haha, no chance.

Are they going to offer you the job?

marcopront Thu 03-Nov-16 10:42:12

Have they offered you the job?

devilinmyshoes Thu 03-Nov-16 10:42:13

How much are they offering you for it?

thisisafakename Thu 03-Nov-16 10:42:22

So they turned you down for the job, but they want your presentation slides? Huh? What planet are they on?

DoinItFine Thu 03-Nov-16 10:42:34

You would be crazy to give them your work for free.

JellyBelli Thu 03-Nov-16 10:44:06

Its deeply unprofessional for them to ask you to give them all that work for nothing. dont do it.
They should offer a decent consultancy fee. Ask for one, or refuse outright. Dont ask for less than £3,000, and at least try to dosome research to find out if its worth more.
You could also offer it for sale to other companies. It may be a useful income for you

maggiethemagpie Thu 03-Nov-16 10:44:33

If they aren't giving you the job, why would it be an issue to politely tell them you can't give them the presentation and close the door on them? No explanation needed.

You need to decide what you're comfortable with and act accordingly, never do something solely out of a desire 'to please'.

ScrubbedPine Thu 03-Nov-16 10:44:38

What a bizarre request. 'We're offering the job to someone else, but would like a piece of work you clearly invested a lot in, anyway!' ???

HillaryFTW Thu 03-Nov-16 10:45:46


"Thanks, but those ideas are my IP and I may wish to use them at a later date in a related context"

They are Askers; a polite no won't surprise them.

ImperialBlether Thu 03-Nov-16 10:46:31

I wouldn't even bother to reply, tbh. How dare they ask that?

My2centsworth Thu 03-Nov-16 10:47:28

Wow unbelievable chancers. Do not give them your intellectual property. Well done on the great interview use it and the very favourable feedback as a springboard to your next interview. Sometimes people are targetting a very narrow and very specific skills deficit for a role perhaps that is why you missed out but you did brilliantly.

SpookyMooky Thu 03-Nov-16 10:50:11

I agree it would be unprofessional (as well as unfair) to hand it over for free.

Cost out your time and expenses at professional day rate and propose a sensible fee. This shouldn't burn any bridges with them - they may even think more of you for it. Bump it up a bit if you are prepared to negotiate.

SpookyMooky Thu 03-Nov-16 10:51:13

... or as PPs say, you can just say no.

FetchezLaVache Thu 03-Nov-16 10:51:35

I like the idea of charging them a hefty consultancy fee! What earth would be in it for you otherwise?

But seriously though. You're marvellous, wonderfully confident and clearly totally nailed your presentation. But you didn't get the job, so either someone else did or they decided not to hire anyone. If the former, it's their own look-out that they chose someone whose presentation was less polished/relevant/well researched. If the latter, they're chancing bastards.

MsGee Thu 03-Nov-16 10:53:05

Definitely say no, or give them a consultancy rate as someone else suggested.

PoppyPicklesPenguin Thu 03-Nov-16 10:56:27

It really won't affect any future work if you politely tell them to fuck off. If they really want it, they pay for it.

Some companies do this a lot, create a job, you spend hours preparing and do a fantastic job only to find they have been using you for free consultancy, it's disgraceful. My worse experience of this was a seven stage process, each trip in to see them cost me around £50 and I spent hours building presentations as it all seemed that it was progressing, this was for a director role.

They never even filled the position.

Work out your day rate, add in your charge of the suit and travel and say "thank you I'm glad you appreciate the level of work and attention to detail. If you would like my research please note the cost of my consultancy for this project is X if you would like to proceed then please confirm that you agree to the terms by signing attached invoice, I wish you much success in the future" or something along those lines

They are being unprofessional and disrespectful by even asking

ChuckGravestones Thu 03-Nov-16 10:59:44

I always always always make sure my presentations for job interviews give just enough away to interest them without giving any answers. Also the powerpoint gives headline points not detail.

Aprofessional Thu 03-Nov-16 10:59:44

Complete chancers. Happened to my husband, did a lot of research for a role he was told he'd get (as he was doing it as stand in) and they asked him for all the research etc before and after to assist with interview process. He didn't get the job and they handed his research over to the friend of the person who didn't even interview. Needless to say, he got a job elsewhere and the person in the role is slowly sinking.

Decline politely, or just don't reply at all. Your work and time = pay.

Sonders Thu 03-Nov-16 11:00:31

Have they officially not given you the job? I've had presentation-style interviews before and it's pretty common to send your slides in after so they can show the higher ups.

If you're worried about them stealing, watermark every slide with your name and make sure you PDF-it before sending. You could add a disclaimer too like "This presentation has been authored by Tyger M. Tyger for the purposes of interview with company XYZ. All content and research within remains property of the author, and should not be shared, reproduced or replicated, in whole or in part, without express permission from the author."

I'm no lawyer, but if I were the interviewer and saw that I would be too lazy to rip it off.

Sonders Thu 03-Nov-16 11:01:54

Of course, if they haven't given you the job, just say no. No need for an excuse, just be polite and move on smile

JaneAustinAllegro Thu 03-Nov-16 11:03:51

have they told you whether or not you've been successful in getting the job yet? It's absolutely not unreasonable to say that obviously you'll bring the work with you if you are successful in securing the role, but otherwise you would need to charge your consultancy rate which is £x / day.

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