Has your company catfished you?
Updated: Jan 13
The term "catfishing" refers to the behavior of people who present themselves as someone else. Unfortunately, this behavior, which is popular online, has become more common as the use of social media has increased. You may have noticed that someone you meet on the Internet is very different in person. People may present themselves as different from who they are for various reasons, including a lack of self-confidence, an attempt to discover themselves, a desire to give a better version of themselves, or malicious intent. So, can't catfishing be corporate?
Companies may have catfished you, as seen in many cases today. They may purposefully exaggerate job postings to make the position and their company appear more attractive. They may have mentioned a business strategy, working hours, or additional rights that do not exist within the company.
Consider it if you recently started a new job. Is the environment very different from what you were told? Recall and review the topics that HR brought up during the job interview, from working hours to the percentage of the year you will be traveling. According to a study conducted in the United States, 45 percent of 1500 job candidates rejected the position after observing being exposed to catfish. Furthermore, the study reveals that the percentage of inappropriate questions in job interviews is also relatively high. Companies, for example, have been noticed asking offensive questions such as age, race, marital status, gender, and religion, which has resulted in arguments. Let us give a few more examples;
• 72 percent would like to have hybrid work options and schedule flexibility.
• 53% expect the company to give back to the community and to demonstrate strong ethics and values.
• 52% believe businesses need transparent organizations and future goals.
What are your options?
First and foremost, if you have just started a new job and believe you have been catfished, give yourself and the company some time instead of resigning immediately. It's not always easy to start a new job and keep up with a new environment. Perhaps you misunderstood something, and everything will be okay in the end. It takes time for them to get to know you and for you to get to know them. Concentrate on the workflow and what it can do for you; consider how to improve yourself. Feel free to ask other employees about the system. Discuss your concerns with your manager in particular. If the promised position and the jobs you are given do not match, make an accounting and inform your manager. Inquire about company project changes or expectations before proceeding with the follow-up process. Set a time for yourself and continue if you notice an improvement after your conversations, but if something is wrong at a much more severe rate, conduct a new search.
Assume your job search and negotiations with employers continue. You can do a few things to avoid being caught by catfish. To begin, make your requests clear and consistent. Remember that companies require you just as much as you need a job. If you notice a situation that is significantly different from your expectations or promises, remove that company from your list immediately. When human resources interviewers ask you about your plans for the next five years, you ask them too, attempting to create a framework for the company in your mind. Make an appointment to meet with the position manager for which you are applying. Maybe you are interviewing the CEO, but the CEO may not know the job requirements, so that the position manager will give you a better idea of the job.
Because of the world's current economic difficulties, job changes or interviews can be complex. Stay optimistic and remind yourself that your dream job is out there somewhere, and you will find it.
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