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Job interview cheeky f*ery

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theultimatehousekeeper Fri 22-Feb-19 20:21:00

About three months ago I interviewed for a very basic admin job at a start-up company.

I had to prepare an interview task beforehand and it was a newsletter pertaining to the start-up. The interview instructions said that the newsletter of the successful candidate would be used IRL once they were in post.

So, I prepared my newsletter, talked them through what I'd done. They seemed very happy with it and asked to keep it, which I said was fine.

I didn't get offered the job but got offered a much better one paying one third more for another company, so no hard feelings at all.

But along the line of applying and researching this company before interview I liked their facebook page. Today a new post has popped up with their first newsletter.

They've used my design. I don't mean it's a bit similar - they have wholesale copied every single party of my design - the colours, the layout, the's my piece of work!

Can anyone top that for CFery? I'm not saying it's illegal or anything and I'm sure it's my own fault for letting them keep my newsletter. But how rude?!

tessieandoz Sat 23-Feb-19 07:15:26

I agree that you should ask for an explanation and invoice them.
This was not an oversight or slip of the "post" button. I would be furious, so blatant.

pinkdelight Sat 23-Feb-19 07:18:44

If it makes you feel any better Asta it takes longer than six months to get a show like that through development, commissioning and onto air. They'd have known more than six months before what was in the pipeline for that slot, especially back in the analogue 90s. So it's just one of those coincidences. A spooky one absolutely but nothing sinister.

BobbinThreadbare123 Sat 23-Feb-19 07:29:48

A common trick in teaching interviews is to get the candidates to design part of a scheme of work. Six candidates, six different chunks, voilà! You've got yourself the skeleton of a SoW. Often there's a lesson to design as well, and you deliver a lesson for them to watch. More nicking. Someone does get appointed though, as there's not enough people about not to and its expensive to advertise.

IStillMissBlockbuster Sat 23-Feb-19 07:34:52

I imagine they'll ignore your invoice so I wonder about adding reference to being surprised by their actions, given their ethical marketing angle so i'm sure the public would be interested in their contradictory practices.

starshollow1 Sat 23-Feb-19 07:46:56

I would write a firm but short email with an invoice attached. Don't say how you saw they're using it but have a screenshot of it in case it gets taken down.

They will be using your template for months/years. They could use your design as a base for many other documents.

NWQM Sat 23-Feb-19 07:51:08

I think you should invoice but for devilment with no expectation of being paid. I might even seemingly ‘go high’ via the Facebook page if it allows you to do comments that don’t need approval. In terms of what to charge keep it simple - you did 5 hours (inc research so work out the hourly rate you’d have got in that job so you can say ‘you’d have paid me x’. If going for charity donation ask to see the receipt. I think I’d have a bit of fun with it to try and hammer home the point that they should treat better - is there charity that actually helps people get back into work rather than their shoddy misleading tactics that messes people about?

boomboom1234 Sat 23-Feb-19 07:52:16

I think this is dreadful.

If you feel uncomfortable invoicing at this stage I still feel it's morally the right thing to do to send them a note making it clear you have seen what they have done.

GemmeFatale Sat 23-Feb-19 08:06:00

Invoice them and much higher then your hourly rate or what a freelancer would negotiate. They stole from you, you noticed because you were watching them and you’ll have to take them to small claims court. I’d go for £500 plus costs if you need to do court (and do take them to court, it’s not difficult). That way they’re deterred from stealing work next time.

CripsSandwiches Sat 23-Feb-19 08:11:59

YANBU it would be one thing if they offered you the job and you turned it down but it's massively cheeky to use it having turned you down.

AJPTaylor Sat 23-Feb-19 08:16:40

It is indeed cheeky feckery. I would just comment on it on their page.

greatbigwho Sat 23-Feb-19 08:29:06

I had a job interview once at a craft place, where part of the application was to design three new workshops and source the materials for them, showing costings and where you could get them etc.

I didn't get the job, but all three of my workshops ended up on their schedule angry

mumwon Sat 23-Feb-19 11:10:12 apparently you can prosecute someone under this act

BrightYellowDaffodil Sat 23-Feb-19 14:59:00

I might even seemingly ‘go high’ via the Facebook page if it allows you to do comments that don’t need approval.

Better still, if they've got a Google entry (where you Google a company and it comes up with their details, opening hours etc and the ability to leave a review) leave them a stinking review there (obviously being careful not to say anything libellous). They can delete a FB post on their page but they can't delete a Google review. Only the original poster can do that.

TheMostBoringPersonEver Sat 23-Feb-19 15:25:29

Definitely invoice!!

AGHHHH Sat 23-Feb-19 15:31:36

I wouldn't let this go. Shocking behaviour from a company! Giving them a copy doesn't make them the copyright owner and it doesn't give them permission to use it for commercial purposes surely? For shit like that they'd have you sign something.

I'm guessing.

TedAndLola Sat 23-Feb-19 15:34:27

Asta19 It's very unlikely they got the show from concept to on air in six months. Sounds like a coincidence.

TedAndLola Sat 23-Feb-19 15:35:02

...just saw pinkdelight got there first!

TwinkleTits70 Sat 23-Feb-19 15:41:26

I interviewed for a job where we all had to write our own job plan. They wanted to keep them after the interview, I declined and took mine with me. I knew the game they were trying to play. I also knew someone was already earmarked for the job so was only going for the experience. I had another interview elsewhere a couple of weeks after for a similar role and got that one.

TwinkleTits70 Sat 23-Feb-19 15:41:55

Forgot to add #teaminvoice OP.

EggysMom Sat 23-Feb-19 15:48:51

Nice to see I'm not the only cynic on MN grin

Puzzledandpissedoff Sat 23-Feb-19 16:58:27

Not a cynic, EggysMom - a realist. I know we can all let some things go if we're keen to get the job, but some of these try-one are as clear as a freshly-washed window

Ditto any rambling about ethics. Since these are a sine qua non in any reputable company I'd suggest over-emphasis can be a red flag that they're anything but

Protecting commercial interests is something companies do every day, so there's no reason not to respect candidates who do the same ... and if they don't, they're probably not worth working for

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