A series of questions from a Shenzhen-based employer to potential employees has sparked controversy about their greedy nature.

As the South China Morning Post reports, the questions were part of a survey that Haimingwei Science and Technology requires candidates to complete during the hiring process. 

The leaked version involved 14 questions, most of which probe interviewees’ level of dedication in demanding scenarios, such as handling extra work without payment, receiving late paychecks, or having only one day off each week.

The company also asked what candidates would think if their managers added members of their own families to the team. One question asked if the prospective workers would be content with meetings and events during the evenings or weekends.

According to the Daily Economics News, a member from the Shenzhen company said the survey was only inquisitive and that any result would not affect a person’s employment chances. 

The Post quoted the person as saying, “There is no standard answer. It is just a survey and it would not affect the applicant’s chances of getting hired. The company simply wants to know if the potential employee is willing to work overtime. This is just for keeping statistics.”

But the online community cannot tolerate the exploitative indication of the questionnaire. One person joked that human resources must be trying to warn the interviewee against joining the company. Another suggests that the survey is actually terms of employment.

Daily Economics News reported that a local human resources bureau was aware of the controversial survey and has launched an investigation. It has ordered Haimingwei to stop using the quiz in the recruitment process, adding that people can file a complaint if they continue to encounter the form.

Attorney Hu Xiaofeng of Beijing Mingdun Law Firm said that most of the questions that appeared in the leaked list violated China’s labor laws. He added that even those that seem the most innocuous are also unreasonable.

But according to the Post, even if China has laws to protect labor rights, companies are more inclined to ignore them. There were some non-surprised comments on Weibo. One person said, “Many other companies are also doing this, aren’t they?”

In China’s working culture, there is one infamous term called “996”. It refers to a work schedule from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days per week. The regime is especially pervasive among tech corporations. TikTok operator ByteDance and U.S.-sanctioned Huawei are known for adopting this system.

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