How to respond to questions during a fact finding interview

I work in a school and my job pays 13 an hour with 35 hours a week. The school year has ended so I filed for unemployment, when I asked what I would make at a summer program if I was to work there and they said 8.00 an hour at 18 hours a week. This would not be enough for me so I declined. Do I have to state this during the interview or should I just say I wasn’t offered anything? Technically my job ended for the year.

Asked on June 20, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The issue isn't what you *could* have made--it's whether 1) your existing position ended, and 2) whether you were in fact offered a new position. If, as you write, the job ended for the year and you were not actually offered (again, not merely informed what you could have made; actually offered a position), then you can answer simply and honestly that your position terminated for the year.

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