Category: Job Seekers

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You Failed Early (Hours)

| Basingstoke, England, UK | Job Seekers

(I am the manager of the customer service department of a fairly large department store, and we’re advertising for a new member of staff for my team. Any of the customer service team, myself included, will answer the switchboard, depending on who is free and on this occasion it’s me.)

Me: “Good afternoon, [Store] customer service. How can I help you?”

Caller: “Yes, I’m calling about the customer service job; can you tell me the hours?”

Me: “We’re looking for someone to work 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday to Friday.”

Caller: *rather rudely* “Oh, no, those hours won’t suit me at all. I’d need to start later than that.”

Me: *staying polite* “Well, I’m very sorry, but those are the hours we need to cover at this point.”

Caller: *very rudely* “Well, who are you to tell me what hours I’ll work?!”

Me: *calmly, and managing not to laugh* “I’m the manager of the department you’re asking to work in.”

Caller: *now sounding very awkward* “Oh, well, I suppose I might be able to work those hours. Could you send me an application form?”

Me: “Well, yes, if you want, but I have to warn you that the hours really are fixed”.

(I took her details and ended the call, then related the story to the rest of the team who also found it hilarious. I did send an application form, but initialed it so I knew to be very wary of the applicant if she sent it in, which she didn’t. Moral of the story: you really never know who you’re speaking to, so be nice!)

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Playing The Irony Card

| WA, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Food & Drink, Job Seekers

(I am standing in line while the person in front of my is asking about the job offering. I didn’t catch the whole conversation.)

Cashier: “Yeah, probably the most important part of the job is making sure you card.”

Customer: “Oh, of course. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble.”

Cashier: “Wait, we are only hiring people over 21. Are you old enough?”

Customer: “Well, you did just sell me beer, so I hope so.”

(Cue a laugh from everyone in earshot.)

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Lost And Hound

| USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Job Seekers, Popular

(I’m going for an interview for an animal shelter. However, I get lost and after trying to call, I get no answer. Frustrated, I call it quits and go home.)

Me: *phone rings* “Hello?”

Lady: “Is this [My Name]?”

Me: “Yes.”

Lady: “Where ARE you?! It’s already 30 minutes past your interview! I’ve been waiting!”

Me: “Ah, this is Ms. [Lady] with the animal shelter? Yeah, I got lost and tried to call but… there was no answer. Sorry about that…”

Lady: “You… GOT LOST?! What kind of idiot are you?!”

Me: “There is no need for insults. I’ve already apologized, and–”

Lady: “What good does your apology serve me?!” *dogs in background start barking* “Listen, if you’re too stupid to find us, then maybe I won’t hire you after all! And–”

Me: “Fine with me. That’s the best news I’ve heard. GOODBYE.”

(I hang up, marveling at the nerve of this woman. I haven’t been hired yet and she’s already yelling at me! Poor dogs. I pity whoever gets roped in by her as their boss.)

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