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    An Interview You’d Rather Forget About

    | Portland, OR, USA | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Job Seekers, Lazy/Unhelpful, Theme Of The Month

    (I am looking for a job after being unemployed for two years while schooling. I get a call back from a maid service and the woman schedules an interview at a coffee house. I’m 100% sure I’m at the right one as it is the only one in the area. I show up to the interview 15 minutes early and find an empty coffee house. I wait for a half hour and no one dressed professionally comes in and no one tries to approach me. It would be obvious to the interviewer when she came in that I am her prospect as I’m the only one at the tables and the only one dressed professionally. It’s extremely obvious that I’m waiting for someone. I decide to call the company.)

    Employee: “[Company]. This is [Employee], How can I help you?”

    Me: “Yes, I was scheduled for an interview with [Owner]. It was supposed to be fifteen minutes ago, but so far no one has showed up.”

    Employee: “Oh, wow. Let me try to call her personal cell phone to see what’s going on and I’ll make sure someone calls you back.”

    Me: *I make sure she has my number* “Thank you so much.”

    (I continue to wait for another half hour to no avail so I decide to leave. I never receive a call back about the missing interviewer so I email the service explaining I had an interview and no one showed and to enquire why no one ever contacted me as they said they would. I quickly receive a reply.)

    Co-Owner: “You did not get a call back because you were a ‘no-call, no-show’ at your interview.”

    Me: “No, I showed up 15 minutes early and waited an hour. In fact 15 minutes after the interview was supposed to start I called [Company] and talked to [Employee] and she assured me that she would figure out why [Owner] had not arrived and call me back, which she never did.”

    Co-Owner: “You were put down as a ‘no-call, no-show.’ That’s why we didn’t return your call.”

    Me: “So, let me get this straight. I call and try to inform you that I am indeed there for my interview while my interviewer is not, but you won’t call me back because I wasn’t there?”

    (It takes a while for the reply this time.)

    Co-Owner: “[Owner] says you never showed up. Are you sure you were at the right place?”

    Me: “100 percent positive. It’s the only [Coffee House] in the area and I was the only one sitting at the tables as well as the only one in professional dress. I do not appreciate the accusations when I myself called your company to inquire the whereabouts of [Owner]. I also have a receipt proving I was there 15 minutes early. [Owner] has wasted my time and money, both of which I have very little and could barely afford to drive to this interview.”

    Co-Owner: “I suppose I can set up another interview as long as you don’t ‘no-call, no-show’ again.”

    Me: “Don’t bother. Obviously you aren’t listening to me. I was not a ‘no-call, no-show.’ I have proof that I was there as well as a phone record of my attempted contact. I have no desire to work for a company that throws people under the bus before even receiving an interview. Obviously [Owner] forgot about my interview and lied about it.”

    (A couple weeks go by and I receive another email.)

    Co-Owner: “It turns out that [Owner] did forget your interview. Would you like me to set up another with her?”

    Me: “I have already expressed how I feel about working for your company. Please do not contact me again.”

    (I got two more interviews within a week of the first missed one and by the time I got that last email I had already been hired for a much better job.)

    Failed The Draft

    | Richmond, England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’ve drafted a report, which I hand to my supervisor to proofread. He scribbles down some annotations in red pen and hands it back to me. I go back to my desk to update it. Quarter of an hour later, he comes over to see how I’m progressing. He promptly picks up the draft copy off the desk.)

    Supervisor: “Why is this covered in red pen? You need to keep reports neat!”

    Me: “Er… that’s the draft you’re looking at. You put the red pen there.”

    Supervisor: *ignores me* “I told you to extend this section here. Why haven’t you done it?”

    Me: “I have, if you’ll just look at the computer screen.”

    Supervisor: *continues reading the draft* “Why haven’t you moved this paragraph to here?”

    Me: “Again, I have, could you please look at the copy I’m actually working on.”

    Supervisor: “If you’re not going to listen to me, there’s no point in me checking it. Now get on with updating it!”

    (He actually did this several times while I was working there. I suspect he was doing it deliberately.)

    Don’t Box In His Abilities

    | CA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners

    Me: “[Manager], can I please borrow your [specific textbook], and take it home over the weekend?”

    Manager: “Sure.”

    (Then I see that, due to our recent office move, my manager’s stuff is still all in five or six boxes.)

    Me: “Wait, is it going to be a pain to find?”

    (Manager opens the top box and in one move of the hand locates the book in question.)

    Me: “Nice! Can you similarly lay your hand on any other item I might mention?”

    Manager: “Of course! You doubt me?!”

    Me: “Yes, I doubt you!”

    It Will Click For Him One Day

    | The Netherlands | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology

    (I’m a UI designer. I sketch wireframes of screens before they get implemented in our software. I’m just on my way out, when I run into my boss.)

    Boss: “Hey, still here? You know what’s funny?”

    Me: “I was just about to leave, but… tell me?”

    Boss: “You know that [Sales Rep] and I tend to work late, and sit here after office hours? We have discussions sometimes, you know, and we come up with the most funky things! Good things happen. You won’t believe it!”

    (This announcement is going nowhere, but I know my boss and just nod understandingly. He goes on to make his point:)

    Boss: “You know, just last evening, we were sitting here, and [Coworker] just showed us this software you designed, and it looked really good! It was really nice!”

    (I can’t believe Coworker has implemented the screens yet, as we have discussed the revisions only this morning and he is very strict in his work. Still, my boss keeps saying how ‘funky’ and ‘nice’ it was.)

    Me: “I cannot really believe [Coworker] has implemented them yet. But eh, maybe he started already… so… thanks for liking it.”

    Boss: “I can show it to you right away. He’s still in the office!” *runs off and taps [Coworker] on the shoulder*

    Boss: “Hey, [Coworker]! Show her the screens!”

    Coworker: “Those weren’t screens. Those were the sketched wireframes.”

    Boss: “But it was there and all… and you clicked it… you made it click! It clicked!”

    Coworker: “Really can’t be. Those were really only the wireframes.”

    Boss: “But it clicked…”

    Don’t Fall Behind On The Schedule

    | Cincinnati, OH, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I work in a meat department at a big name store. None of the people who work at night are trained to use the saws, so they start having one of the trained people come in at night. We never really know which one, so we have a tendency to ask another night clerk in the department.)

    Me: *stocking the cases*

    Coworker: “Hey, who’s working with us tonight?”

    Me: “[Department Head].”

    Coworker: “D*** it! I hate working with him!”!

    Me: “Um…”

    Coworker: “It’s just so annoying!”

    Me: “…he’s right behind you.”

    Department Head: *stocking another shelf nearby, and turns to say* “That was actually pretty funny!”


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