Esmay Martinez
3 months ago
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Just declined a job offer because the pay was so low, owner emailed back asking why...

I work in sales, and this company lowballed me and made it mostly commission based.

The company is small, and the owner emailed and asked why I wouldn't take the job. Should I be honest?

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Christopher Hensley

Never declined a job offer?! Y’all need to get it together.

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debra colombo

I have had that happen a lot--they should seriously say that in their ad--I tell them straight out that I need dependable hourly wages

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Carrie Pappagallo

It is called marketable rate. I would Email back.

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Rachel Heineman

Yes.

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Marie Hollingshead

I declined a job offer years ago directly offered by the owner. I declined telling him that I could not afford to take a pay cut and although I was not entirely happy with my present employer, I had to stay due to bills. He was very upset and told a few people that I knew through the industry- “ that girl will never work for me, no second chance”. Well a few years later I lost my job and started working as a 1099 Sales Rep for same owner with no sales experience but 8 years operations. Within 6 months I got his attention with my sales and was hired with an even bigger salary than I had previously made. Within 3 years still being paid as junior sales rep I took #1 spot in Sales for total volume. I was first to put the company on the map in NYC and NYS- we were NE based. I made a mint in commissions over several years with no degree, no former sales experience but I had something to prove- to myself. It was the most amazing feeling. I was always so grateful to Arthur for giving me that 2nd chance. He was from Russia and not easy to talk to. I was very skeptical about not only turning him down initially but in telling him that his offer was not enough.

You owe it to yourself to be honest about everything with your employer, they need to know what they think is appropriate is not working for you. If they change their way of thinking they will find out why you stood your ground. I had no sales experience but I knew I had a passion for the business that can’t be taught. He truly knew how to value his employees, not all the time with words, but in other ways.

This was years ago, however that experience made me grow into a confident employee no matter who I work for. And sales is not getting the business, its the art of keeping it

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Mark Larsen

Many, many years ago I accepted a position at a very low rate of pay at a large corporation just to get experience.... long story short, after 3 years of almost non-existent raises I told them to go screw themselves and went to a much higher paying job... 2 years ago the company called me and asked if I would come back - I told them no way (in much colorful language).

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Purnell Marks

If you applied for the job knowing it paid less than what you wanted and didn't point out what pay you wanted and they still offered you the job then that's on them. If you applied and didn't ask them what it paid and they offered you the job instead then that's on you! besides why are you applying for work not knowing what it paid anyway?

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George H. Stein

Yes, be honest, but frame your answer in rational terms: "Unfortunately, your offer is below the current market for my skills and experience and it doesn't meet my financial requirements. So, regretfully, I must continue my search."

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keegan gorby

what job was it for

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Tracy Skins

Always be honest..you don't owe them nothing & they need to know.

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