Woman hailed as brave following powerful job rejection goes viral

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
A woman rejected a job after a “brutal” interview with the company’s CEO. [Photo: Instagram]

For many, receiving a job offer is a dream come true. But one woman has gone viral after sharing her reasons for rejecting a job on Twitter, and her reasons strike a chord with many.

Olivia Bland, 22, applied for a job at a company called Web Applications UK based in Oldham, and was granted an interview.

According to her account on Twitter, she was later offered the role but chose to reject it following her experience at the “brutal” interview with the company CEO.

The now-viral post has received tens of thousands of retweets and likes on the social sharing platform, with thousands commenting below.

Many applauded Olivia on her reaction to the company, which highlights the “two-way” nature of job offers.

Others shared their experiences of toxic employment situations.

Web Applications UK have since responded to Olivia’s post with a statement on their website.

It reads: “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.

“The Board strongly condemns any form of bullying or intimidation. In response to the allegations, the Directors have carried out an internal investigation, independent from Craig Dean, including interviewing all employees who were directly involved in the recruitment process. […]

“In response to the allegations made, and following completion of our investigation, the Board is satisfied that no bullying or intimidation occurred. Nonetheless, the Directors are extremely saddened by this incident and the impact that this has had on the individual concerned, particularly as we are a company that takes great pride in nurturing the aspirations of young people. We will take this opportunity to reflect carefully on our recruitment process and HR policies.”

It is unknown whether they have responded to Olivia directly, however she has since claimed on Twitter to have heard nothing.

Web Applications UK did not immediately respond to Yahoo Style‘s request for comment.

Verbal bullying, as Olivia claims to have experienced, isn’t the only type of negative employment situation.

As the world continues to recoil in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the spotlight has been thrown onto the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.

The legal definition, within the Equality Act 2010, states that sexual harassment is behaviour that is either meant to, or has the effect of violating your dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

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