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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!’)

    Not Dressed To Impress

    | Auckland, New Zealand | Job Seekers, Lazy/Unhelpful, Theme Of The Month

    (As part of receiving my state-run unemployment insurance I have to attend seminars on finding work. On one occasion, I’m in one where the topic of interview dress is mentioned.)

    Lecturer: “So, it really doesn’t matter about your experience, or whatever, just so long as you dress up for an interview. Now, we at [Government Department] support a charity group that can supply a nice dress or business suit for you ladies applying for a job – up to $1000 dollars worth of clothes for free! So, if you need to have something for an interview, then just apply!”

    Me:” What about men?”

    Lecturer: *pauses* “What about men?”

    Me:“Is there a similar scheme for men?”

    Lecturer: *confused* “I don’t get what you mean?”

    Me: “Well, is there a group supplying suits and ties and such for men to attend interviews in?”

    Lecturer: “Umm… why?”

    Me: “Well, guys might not have suits to go to interviews in either.”

    Lecturer: “Oh, no, mate, that’s your mistake there! A man doesn’t need a suit for an interview! Look, just turn up in your overalls and boots and stuff to an interview. That shows you’re all ready to start the job! Trust me, mate, you’ll ace the next interview if you do that!”

    (Given that I work in the scientific field, namely laboratory bench-work in the food industry, I doubted this but kept my mouth shut.)

    Killed It At The Interview

    | BC, Canada | Job Seekers, Theme Of The Month

    (I am hiring new special needs assistants to work with autistic kids. We run a small, friendly, love-based program, and say so in the ad. I pick out a few with good resumes and meet at a cafe for an interview.)

    Interviewee: “I can handle ANY kid. I used to be in the US Marines.” *whips out his VA card, even though we are in Canada* “Yeah, in 1982, I was in Libya and it was really life-changing watching my buddy’s head explode. I had trouble killing people before that, but not after seeing it just explode like a watermelon getting hit with a mallet.”

    Me: “… I bet you can’t watch Gallagher shows.”

    (Suffice it to say, I did not hire the guy who had no trouble killing people.)

    A Late Bloomer

    | Delta, BC, Canada | Job Seekers, Theme Of The Month, Time

    (I have a job interview at 2:30. Wanting to make a good impression, I arrive to the interview early, around 2:10.)

    Me: “Hello. I’m here to see Mr. [Interviewer], for my interview.”

    Receptionist: “Okay, he’s just right around the corner. Good luck!”

    (I go to meet my interviewer, who isn’t looking very happy.)

    Me: “Hi, I’m [My Name]. I’m here for my job interview.”

    Interviewer: “Nice to meet you. Now, shall we get started?”

    Me: “Really?”

    Interviewer: “Of course I mean really. Let’s get going!”

    (He takes me to his office and conducts the interview inside. Just as we’re finishing…)

    Interviewer: “All right, Mr. [My Name], thank you for taking the time to come here. Before you leave today, mind if I give you some advice? For future reference, if you have a job interview, try to arrive on time.”

    Me: “Sir, I do not know what you’re talking about. I was supposed to have an interview at 2:30; we started too early, if anything.”

    Interviewer: “Wait, YOU’RE my 2:30?!”

    (He begins to flip through a notepad and scans through his list of interviews. I took a quick peek, and saw my name on the 2:30 line.)

    Interviewer: “Well, okay then. This changes everything! Sorry about that!”

    (With some impeccable timing, the office door swings open, and a disheveled man rushes in.)

    Disheveled Man: “Sorry I’m late! I’m [Name Above My Name On The List] and I’m here for my interview!”

    (Since my interview was done, all that was left for me to do was leave. About two weeks later, I got a callback and I was hired! When I started working, I haven’t seen that other guy.)


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