I got a call today for a job interview that came from a resume I sent out months ago. After listening to this attorney's three minute message, I gave him a call. Here's about how it went:
Lawyer: We're a small, burgeoning practice with a lot of business. In fact, it's more business than we can handle, which is why I need you.
Me: Ok, that sounds great.
Lawyer: However, there's one thing you should know - your first 60 to 90 days of pay will be deferred.
Me: I don't follow.
Lawyer: Well, we had an incident about eight years ago which severly depleted our capital reserves. As such, I'm in still in the process of building capital.
Me: I still don't follow.
Lawyer: I'm not saying you won't get paid. Your pay will simply be deferred.
Lawyer: After 60 to 90 days, provided our capital is sufficient...which it certainly will be...you will be compensated. Overall, this is a great opportunity.
Me: So, if I'm understanding you correctly, I would be working without pay for 60 to 90 days. Then, if, and only if, you have sufficient capital, I will be compensated for my work?
Me: I think we're done here.
I don't have high standards, but I do have some standards. I'm fairly certain "deferred pay" isn't something I want to deal with.