Graduate who compared interviewer to ‘abusive ex’ flooded with job offers

Graduate who compared interviewer to 'abusive ex' flooded with job offers

A woman who was left sobbing after a gruelling job interview is now being headhunted by firms after speaking about her ordeal online.
Olivia Bland, 22, compared her interviewer Web Applications UK CEO Craig Dean to an ‘abusive ex’ after she met him last year.
She said the interview began with irrelevant questions about her music taste and family before he began to pick apart every aspect of a writing test she had done for the firm.
Mr Dean also apparently criticised her posture.

Olivia Bland was left in tears after her job interview (Picture: Twitter)At the time Ms Bland, from Manchester, said: ‘He didn’t ask me about my employment history.
‘He asked me if my parents were still together and how was my childhood.
‘I thought it was irrelevant to the interview, although I couldn’t really say that.’
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Shes looking much happier these days after getting a lot of job offers (Picture: Twitter)Ms Bland, who graduated from Southampton Solent University last year with a First Class BA Honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, was offered the job but rejected it.
She told ‘I thought, I deserve better than that. I can’t go to work dreading my boss every day.
‘I decided to put it on Twitter because it is not acceptable behaviour and we need to stop ignoring things like this.
‘I can understand the value of constructive criticism but there is a difference between criticism and just an attack.’
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The job refusal letter has since gone viral online (Picture: Twitter)That decision has now paid off after several firms contacted Ms Bland to offer her a job.
She added: “I’ve only spoken to a handful of people about seriously working for them.
‘I want to make sure that me and the company are a right fit for each other first, and of course that it’s a job I would enjoy.
‘I’m trying my best to explore every opportunity and identify what’s best for me.’
Web Applications UK previously said in a statement: ‘The Board of Directors at Web Applications UK is deeply concerned by the serious allegations made on social media following a recent job interview led by Chief Executive, Craig Dean.’
Mr Dean apologised on Twitter but the company then said it carried out an investigation and it was satisfied no bullying had taken place.


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