I was interviewed by a (probably small scale) company. First they asked me to submit a small project that they had given me to do. Then they arranged an interview and discussed in-depth of my current work experience and project.
But then, they started with twists. First even though I said that I am working on a Govt. project, they asked me to show some codes. They said they will offer me salaries based on my coding skills used in these projects. Instead, I sent them the same codes that I used to complete the project that they gave me initially. Then, they called me again saying that my coding skills are not upto mark, but they would still hire me with a 20% hike. Also there would be 6 days work week instead of 5.
Again, they called me at 7 pm later that week, to have a conversion with their team lead (under which I am supposed to work), and he asked me a lot about the work that I am doing right now. After giving a detailed explanation of how I work and what I do, and everything work related, they told me there is a 99% chance that I would be hired.
Even though I gave them somewhat 90% of the answers, and even though my current company praises me for my coding skills, still they (the new company) are saying otherwise.
First off, the city where I am staying right now, is a lot cheaper than the one that I have to go , after the pandemic. Secondly, they already know this fact. Third, I am only 1 year experience, so I may not be a coding master. Fourth, I am already getting way below industry standard for which I am changing my job (around 195 usd for Software Engineer , or rather Full Stack Developer), and they offered only 20% hike in it.
When I asked them why they would offer so less hike, they said it was because of my coding skills. I feel I was stupid, and it was a complete waste of my time. Should I wait for them to send me an offer letter and then say no, or should I just say it?
Edit- I tried to explain the situation, but I am bad at it. It's like your current city is where house rent is 100 $ per month, the new city has house rent of 500$ per month. Other expenses are similar as well. But, when I am getting 195 usd in my current city, they are offering only 20% hike in the new city. I took my first job, only because I couldnt get a better one due to pandemic. I dont want a job, worse than my current job –