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    Preliminary Discriminatory Interview

    , | LA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Job Seekers, Religion

    (I am 20 and have just moved cities. I am interviewing for a job at a fast food restaurant, trying to find anything I can just to get started and pay bills. My resume lists my school experience and work experience. I homeschooled K-12 and am attending online college. However, I have worked since I was 16, at a bookstore (for a little over three years), a restaurant (a few months until finding a full-time job), and an office. My duties and experiences at each job are listed on my resume, and they include a vast number of things. The bookstore was a Christian company and had the word ‘Christian’ in its name; the office job was the same. Additionally, one of my other experiences listed on my resume was Vacation Bible School ‘counselor.’)

    Manager: *looks over resume and application* “Hmm. I see here that you’ve primarily worked with Christian companies… Will you be able to handle working with others who don’t share your beliefs? Some of my other employees might say things that you won’t be comfortable with.”

    (Before I can correct him that, one: how does he know what I am or am not comfortable with, and two: that I’d worked with people who didn’t share my beliefs and that never caused a problem, he continues:)

    Manager: “Also, I see you’ve homeschooled your whole life. Are you going to be okay when there are a lot of people in the shop? We get really busy on holidays and you’ll have to interact with a lot of customers.”

    (I bite back the urge to tell him in no uncertain terms that I lasted over three years in a bookstore where part of my job was to work the sales floor during Black Friday and help customers, as well as plan and run kids’ events, but apparently my fear of people is what gave me such excellent references to recommend me. Instead, I politely told him I’d be fine. He ended the interview by saying he thought I’d do well and would call me in the next few days after doing some other interviews.)

    Manager: “And if I don’t call you by Friday, I want you to call and ask for me, okay? I work Mondays through Fridays here.”

    (When I don’t hear back by that Friday, I call the next Monday.)

    Employee: “Oh [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call this afternoon.”

    (I do.)

    Employee: “Oh, [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call tomorrow. He’ll be here then.”

    (The next day…)

    Employee: “Oh, [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call tomorrow. He’ll be here then.”

    (Finally, I gave up on the job. Thankfully I found another one soon after; where the interviewer didn’t insult me with discriminatory questions!)

    Ended Up Being A Bad Experience

    | Ft. Worth, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Job Seekers

    (After a month of searching I finally snag an interview. It is a 40 minute drive to their offices, but hey, it is a potential job. I wait another 30 minutes before the interview, which lasts 10. It seemed to have gone well…)

    Me: “Thank you again for the interview. I really appreciate it. When should I expect a follow-up call?”

    Interviewer: “There won’t be one.”

    Me: “Oh. Did… I say something wrong? I thought we had a good rapport. I mean, even if we didn’t, I figured there would be a follow-up call to let me know that I wouldn’t fit the job position.”

    Interviewer: “No. No. You did just fine. But we filled the job two days ago.”

    Me: “Oh… then why did you interview me? Is there another position available?”

    Interviewer: “No, there isn’t. We felt that since you put in the time to apply that we should interview you.”

    Me: “Even when there isn’t a job available?”

    Interviewer: “It’s good experience to have interviews!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but just so I’m clear about all of this: I spent 40 minutes driving here, 30 minutes waiting in the lobby, roughly 10 minutes for the interview, and I anticipate another 40 minutes for a drive back home. Altogether I’ve had two hours of my time, that I could have spent applying for more jobs, and 80 miles worth of gas, wasted for a position that isn’t available?”

    Interviewer: “But interviewing is a good experience and will help you with future job hunts.”

    Me: “Yeah. Could you at least honor one request of mine and destroy my resume? I don’t want it in your files.”

    (As I leave the room, there are three more people sitting in the lobby, obviously dressed up for interviews.)

    Me: “Are you all here to interview for [Job] position?”

    (They all nod or mumble yes.)

    Me: “Don’t bother. They filled it two days ago and didn’t notify us.”

    (When the interviewer acknowledged this, everyone seated got up to leave, one gentleman ranting about the hour long drive it took for him to get there. All the while the interviewer was shouting behind us ‘It’s a good experience!’)

    Credit Him With Chauvinism

    | Atlanta, GA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Rude & Risque

    (I receive a robo-call about reducing my credit interest rate and ask to speak to a human. Upon answering the transaction goes as follows.)

    Me: “Hello, please remove me from your call list since I own no credit cards.”

    Him: “Well, what about your husband?”

    Me: “I have no husband.”

    Him: “Well, what about a boyfriend?”

    Me: “No, not one of those either.”

    Him: “What size are your boobs, honey?”

    (I am speechless for 10 seconds before I hang up. I would have complained but it was a private number and obviously at a call center overseas.)

    A Noticeable Lack Of Warning

    | Galveston, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (I am working two part-time jobs, at a bakery and a bookstore. Then, the owner of the bookstore offers me a full-time position.)

    Owner: “Have you let the bakery know you’re leaving yet?”

    Me: “Yes, I stopped by there this morning and gave them my two-weeks’ notice.”

    Owner: “Oh, good. Well, I was looking at the numbers and I can’t afford to take you on full-time. All I can give you is 36 hours a week and no benefits.”

    (Coincidence that she waited to drop that on me until she knew I’d given my notice? Not a chance.)

    Fired Beyond Reason

    | Bath, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (I am working at a small cafe over a shop around Christmas. After Christmas I get fewer and fewer shifts. One day I come in and find that I haven’t been allocated any shifts.)

    Me: “Hey, do you know why I haven’t been scheduled on at all this week?”

    Assistant Manager: “I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the manager but I’d guess it’s because we get less people after Christmas.”

    (I come in two weeks in a row to find I have no shifts still. On the third week, I see that my name has been taken off the rota.)

    Me: “My name isn’t on here at all.”

    Assistant Manager: “Really?”

    Me: “Am I fired?”

    Assistant Manager: “I don’t know. Come in tomorrow. [Manager] is in on the afternoon.”

    (I come in the next day. Manager is there, sorting out the stock room.)

    Me: “Hey, [Manager]. My name isn’t on the rota anymore. Is there a reason for that? Have I been let go?”

    Manager: “Um… yes.”

    Me: “Can I ask why?”

    Manager: “We just don’t need you right now.”

    Me: “Why didn’t you tell me? I’ve been coming in for the last three weeks to check my shifts.”

    Manager: “I’m telling you now, aren’t I?”

    (The next day I get a phone call from a frustrated former coworker. She says she’s run off her feet and that it’s ridiculous that I’ve been fired, since they didn’t have enough cafe staff in the first place. She also tells me that there is already a sign outside advertising for cafe staff. So I decide to ask the manager again, via email.)

    Me: “Hi, [Manager]. I’m just writing to clarify for my records why it is you fired me.”

    Manager: “Your hours didn’t fit with ours.”

    Me: “Well, that’s an actual reason. Why didn’t you say that before?”

    Manager: “I thought I did.”

    Me: “You said you didn’t need me anymore. Have I done something wrong? I’d like to know.”

    Manager: “No.”

    (I still talk to my former coworker. Apparently the turnover rate of staff is really high, because the manager keeps firing people without reason. Unfortunately I never signed a contract, but I get a little bit of joy whenever I pass the shop to still see them advertising for staff.)

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