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    Should Have Driven Home The Point More

    | MO, USA | Extra Stupid, Job Seekers

    (I’d worked for this particular pizza chain for many years before finally getting my own store. My first month there I realize I need to hire more staff and start taking applications right away. One of my very first interviews is for a delivery driver position and it is going well. We go over in detail what his job duties would be and he seems really excited about the job.)

    Me: “Well, everything looks great, I really like your enthusiasm, and I think you’ll be a great fit for this job. Now all I need to do is run an MVR (Motor Vehicle Report) on you and make sure you’re eligible to drive. It should only take a few days and I’ll let you know. I just need to see your license.”

    Interviewee: “What license?”

    Me: “Your driver’s license…”

    Interviewee: “Oh, I don’t have one of those.”

    Me: “You don’t have a driver’s license? You do realize this position is for a delivery driver, right?”

    Interviewee: “Yeah, but I didn’t think I needed to have a license to do that.”

    Me: “You didn’t think you needed a driver’s license to drive?”

    (After this I started asking every potential applicant BEFORE bringing them in for an interview. In the two years since this happened I’ve had this exact same conversation with more than a dozen people.)

    Work Is A Big Vacation

    | USA | Crazy Requests, Job Seekers

    (The park where I work operates primarily during the summer, so we do most of our hiring during the spring. This occurs near the end of June.)

    Me: *answering the phone* “Hello, [Park]. How can I help you?”

    Caller: “Yeah, hi. I applied and interviewed with you guys a while back, but I couldn’t start until now. Could I get scheduled?”

    Me: “Sure, can I get your name so I can pull up your information?”

    (The caller gives their name and I pull up the information. I see that, indeed, this person was hired on at the beginning of May, but there is a note stating that they could not start working until the end of June, due to an extended vacation abroad.)

    Me: “All right, I see everything looks like it’s in order. You need to get scheduled for training, right?”

    Caller: “Yeah, as soon as possible.”

    Me: “Sure thing.” *checks the system* “Looks like our next training sessions are already full, so the soonest I can schedule you is [a date in July].”

    Caller: “There’s nothing sooner? I was hoping I wouldn’t have to wait that long.”

    Me: “There is, but those trainings are already completely booked. I’m afraid the earliest one we have is [date I’ve already stated].”

    Caller: “That won’t work. I’m going out of town on [earlier date in July].”

    Me: “Okay… um… Can I ask when you are coming back from that trip?”

    Caller: “I won’t be back until [date near the end of July].”

    Me: “Okay. Umm… well, the next date we have after you return would be [date in August].”

    Caller: “That late!? There’s nothing earlier?”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but all our other dates are when you’re going to be out of town. I’m afraid that is the earliest one that matches your availability.”

    Caller: *sighs* “Well, I was really hoping to start working earlier, but I guess I don’t have a choice. Thanks.” *hangs up*

    (I’m still not sure how this person expected to work during the busy summer season when spending nearly two and a half months on vacation!)

    Won’t Resort To It Again

    | AB, Canada | Job Seekers

    (I apply for a summer job at one of my favourite tourist resorts. I don’t hear anything back, so I start moving on. Early into the summer, though, they call me.)

    Manager: “Hello, this is [Manager] with [Resort]. We’ve recently had an opening, and we like you’re application. We’re wondering if you’re still interested?”

    Me: “Yes! I am! I haven’t found a summer job yet, and I’d love to work there!”

    Manager: “Excellent! I’ll call you back later this afternoon, and we’ll do a proper interview over the phone. ”

    (He hangs up and I get very excited. A few hours go by, and the manager calls back to do the interview.)

    Manager: “Um, yeah. Hi. Well, shortly after I got off the phone with you this morning, the guy who submitted his two-weeks notice came back in, said he changed his mind, and rescinded his two-weeks notice. So we no longer have any openings. My apologies.”

    (Disappointed, I move on. A few days later…)

    Manager: “Hi! This is [Manager] with [Resort] again. We’ve suddenly had another opening come up. Are you still interested in working at [Resort]?”

    Me: “Well, yeah. But this isn’t going to be like last time, is it? Where the person who quit comes back and changes their mind?”

    Manager: “Oh, no! Trust me, this opening that just came up. There’s no way they’re getting their position back.”

    (Same as last time, we make an appointment for a few hours later to do a proper phone interview. At the appointed time…)

    Manager: “Well, I hate to do this again, [My Name], but the person who quit came back in a few hours later and rescinded their two-weeks notice. So once again, we don’t have any openings.”

    (A few days later, having found a different summer job, I come home from work and see I have a voice mail message. Guess what?)

    Manager: “Hello, [My Name]. This is [Manager] with [Resort] again. We’ve had an opening come up once again! Are you still interested in working at [Resort]? Call me back!

    (Needless to say, I didn’t call back.)

    Needs To Read More Into It

    | New Zealand | Job Seekers, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I’ve just been promoted to store manager as part of a company-wide restructuring that means the previous manager is moving up to regional. One of my first duties is to hire my own replacement and the new regional manager is walking me through the interviews. One particular applicant has handed in a resumè that has me ready to hire her on the spot but he convinces me to interview her anyway just in case. I’m glad he did.)

    Me: “Since we cater mainly to tourists, there are times of the year when we can be pretty quiet. What kinds of things would you do to keep busy during quiet shifts?”

    (The answer we were looking for was anything along the lines of cleaning, computer maintenance, restocking – basically, finding things that needed to be done that were hard to do when the store was busy.)

    Interviewee: “Well, I’ve recently taken up reading, so I guess I’d work on that?”

    (I wasn’t quite ready to give up on her that easily, but when I called around for her references it became very clear that reading was probably a very new hobby for her while she had a LOT of practice at slacking off. She had even included as references a couple of ex-bosses who had fired her for her laziness. I’ve never been tempted to hire someone without an interview again.)

    Putting The Fired Into Hired, Part 2

    , | Elk Grove, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Job Seekers

    (My boss is in the process of hiring a graphic designer for our store in order to grow our print business. During this process we get a call from one of the interviewees:)

    Me: “Hello, [Store]. [My Name] speaking. How can I help you?”

    Caller: “Yes, I had an interview the other day with the owner and was calling to check my status.”

    Me: “All right, let me put you on hold and check with the owner.”

    (I put them on hold while I speak with my boss, but when I go to speak with the caller they have hung up. I shrug it off , and then overhear my coworker pick up another call and have the exact same conversation, only to have the caller hang up again when she is put on hold. I pick up again the third time she calls.)

    Caller: *angrily* “This is my third time calling and you guys keep hanging up on me!”

    Me: “No, ma’am, we don’t. We have been putting you on hold and you have been hanging up on us. I need to speak with my boss and you seem unwilling to wait.”

    Caller: “Let me talk to him NOW!”

    Me: “Unfortunately, he is otherwise occupied and is unable to come to the phone but I will have him call you back if he is interested in hiring you.”

    Caller: “Can I trust you to give him my information?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am, I will. He should have your information anyway with your application.”

    Caller: “Ugh, fine. I’ll just wait for the call.”

    (Needless to say, I advised my boss against hiring this person. To the caller’s bad luck, I’m one of my bosses most trusted employees.)

    Related:
    Putting The Fired Into Hired


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