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[VIDEO NEWS] What exactly do they mean by “up to company standards”?

Feb 20,2018
1) SALARY: “Up to company standards”

2) “Up to company standards”

3) “Up to company standards”

4) So exactly how much is “up to company standards”???

5) “They usually say it really vaguely.”

6) “All you have to do is look it up.”

7) “They should just specify how much they can pay me.”

8) “You may be at the company’s mercy, but you can still make your own judgments.”

9) “Really? Can’t they just write it down and tell me in advance?”

10) “How should I know? S**t, I can’t even write my own personal statement.”

11) “Oh, did I swear?”

12) Job seekers are so frustrated.

13) Is the salary a state secret or something?

14) “The cases where they notify applicants of the salary in advance are very rare.” –Entry-level job seeker

15) “Unless you know someone who goes to that company or somewhere similar, it’s hard to know the exact amount.” -Second-year job seeker

16) For smaller companies, it’s just not possible.

17) Q. Do you reveal your salaries?

18) “We basically conceal them. We avoid outside exposure.” -Company A’s human resources officer

19) Can you straightforwardly ask what salary you would get?

20) “No, I feel like I would be penalized. If I call and ask, they might go, ‘Who’s calling? Get him off the list’. Applicants are at the companies’ mercy, so it’s hard to ask something like that.”

21) “I heard they won’t give a clear answer even when asked.”

22) Q. Why don’t you reveal your salaries?

23) “We don’t want everyone going to one company.” -Company B’s human resources officer

24) “I think we do that to hide it from other companies.” -Company A’s human resources officer

25) How much should I write under “desired salary?”

26) “How should we know? How much do they usually pay, how much should they pay? I don’t even know what’s possible.”

27) “There’s some information available for large companies, for smaller companies there’s nothing.”

28) “The company was going to pay 35 million won [$32,900], but the applicant said 25. So it’s 25.” -Third-year at company

29) Q. Why would you have recruits write their desired salaries?

30) “I guess we didn’t really think it through. For people with experience, we have them write the desired salary and it is very important. The resume forms for new recruits and people with experience should be separated and the categories should be considered with more care, but they’re not. So the desired salary is just there by convention. -Company C’s human resources officer

31) Q. Would there be a disadvantage if you write in a high desired salary?

32) “Well, if someone says he really must receive this salary, then we would have to put that into consideration a bit.” -Company B’s human resources officer

33) “No, we have a basic salary chart and we will pay accordingly.” -Company A’s human resources officer

34) “I think they should just reveal the salary from the very first stage of the application. It’s not like it’s a secret. And wouldn’t it be better for them, too? They can get rid of inadequate applicants.”

35) Did you all know what the salary would be when applying for a job?

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Directed by Kim Hwa-jeong, Sun Hee-yeon
Produced by Kim Hyeong-jo, An Ji-hye
Translated by Kim Hyo-jung
Edited by Matthew Silberman