There are a ton of commissions only jobs in my area. Most of which do not tell you it’s commission only until after the interview. It’s a huge waste of time! They put your possible salary but not the real salary in the job description. What ticked me off was when a business I interviewed for a few months ago posted that they’re short staffed and trying their best to hire new people. This is how my interview went:
So basically 40 minutes of the boss telling me how great it is to work there. Some of his reasons included financial security and the fact that most of his employees work over time by choice so that must mean they like being in the office so it’s not a bad work place.
Then he asked me a bunch of questions and he told me I sounded highly qualified for the job. Then he asked me
“So for my final question I’d like to ask, if you were to not be paid for 2 or 3 months, would you have enough in savings to support yourself during that time?”
I said “excuse me?”
“Well this is a commission based Job and since you’ll be training for the first 2 or 3 months, whatever commission you make during that time will go to the employee who is training you. So during that time you will not be paid. At the end of training you will take a certification test that costs $120 and then you will make a lot in commission after that”
And I said
“Oh will I be able to work another job in the meantime?”
And he said
“Well that’s up to you. Generally for training we have you scheduled for 50 hours a week so if you can manage another job at the same time then good job!”
and I said
“Well then I’m sorry I really can’t do that for 2 or 3 months…”
And he looked upset and that was that.
I’m just so annoyed at all the commission based jobs. Especially the ones that require duties other than just selling things. Like if I’m spending time filing paperwork or attending meetings when I could be selling and making money then I expect to be paid for that time.
It seems like half the jobs in my area are commission only…