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Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 09:10 AM
We are in the process of hiring probably 4-5 new employees in addition to 1-2 new supervisors. Let me say that I am so glad that I have no responsibilities when it comes to hiring them. By the way some act, or talk, you would think that we should feel lucky that we have them in for them to think about our position.

In the last two days, we have had:

- 1 came in dressed as if they just got out of bed. Literally wearing flannels, sweatshirt, and slippers.

- 1 saying as soon as the interview started: "Let me tell you MY availability. I won't work any Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays, but I want full time hours."

- When asked about previous employers, literally cursed their names and used vulgar language in reference to them. Going so far as to call one a "Sl*t A$$ Whore" to the person interviewing them.

In the past, we have had people bring their kids with them to interviews. What is wrong with people? Do they not understand that first impression for a potential employer is important?

Anyone else got any dumb people stories?

runnercyclist
01-09-2009, 09:15 AM
For God's sake man, what position are you hiring? Where do you get your recruits, Crack houses?

I just interviewed 14 people for a position I had and I was ULTRA impressed with the candidates that applied. The Universitites are turning out good folks from where I sit.

Two new hires in 2008 are doing very well.

Maybe it's their leader ;)

Goapics1
01-09-2009, 09:17 AM
- 1 saying as soon as the interview started: "Let me tell you MY availability. I won't work any Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays, but I want full time hours."


So did I get the job?

Reerun_KC
01-09-2009, 09:19 AM
Can I have a job...

Pajamas, robe and slippers... Dude you guys are rocking...

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 09:20 AM
For God's sake man, what position are you hiring? Where do you get your recruits, Crack houses?

I just interviewed 14 people for a position I had and I was ULTRA impressed with the candidates that applied. The Universitites are turning out good folks from where I sit.

Two new hires in 2008 are doing very well.

Maybe it's their leader ;)

We have had some very good applicants. I'm just talking about a small minority. But you would think that a little common sense would tell someone to dress appropriately, don't make demands when it's YOU that needs a job, and to not talk that negatively about past employers.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 09:20 AM
So did I get the job?

We are still evaluating all of our applicants and will be in touch.

King_Chief_Fan
01-09-2009, 09:21 AM
We are in the process of hiring probably 4-5 new employees in addition to 1-2 new supervisors. Let me say that I am so glad that I have no responsibilities when it comes to hiring them. By the way some act, or talk, you would think that we should feel lucky that we have them in for them to think about our position.

In the last two days, we have had:

- 1 came in dressed as if they just got out of bed. Literally wearing flannels, sweatshirt, and slippers.

- 1 saying as soon as the interview started: "Let me tell you MY availability. I won't work any Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays, but I want full time hours."

- When asked about previous employers, literally cursed their names and used vulgar language in reference to them. Going so far as to call one a "Sl*t A$$ Whore" to the person interviewing them.

In the past, we have had people bring their kids with them to interviews. What is wrong with people? Do they not understand that first impression for a potential employer is important?

Anyone else got any dumb people stories?

I have had similar stories...not showing up dressed like the ones you mentioned but the hour thing and dissing the previous emplouyer....those interviews lasted about 5 minutes. I told them right then and there they are not what I am looking for.

Saulbadguy
01-09-2009, 09:21 AM
I've always been amazed at the people that get passed screening for an interview.

Fish
01-09-2009, 09:22 AM
We have had some very good applicants. I'm just talking about a small minority. But you would think that a little common sense would tell someone to dress appropriately, don't make demands when it's YOU that needs a job, and to not talk that negatively about past employers.

Common sense hasn't been taught in the education system for nearly 75 years... it's a rare attribute these days...

runnercyclist
01-09-2009, 09:25 AM
After those three interviews my next conversation would be with my HR hiring recruiter.

jspchief
01-09-2009, 09:25 AM
On the opposite side of the spectrum, I remember an interview I had where the interviewer made some crack about me being over-dressed (black pants, white dress shirt, tie).

My reply was "yea, sorry about taking this opportunity too seriously".

Skip Towne
01-09-2009, 09:26 AM
We are still evaluating all of our applicants and will be in touch.

Well don't take all day. I have things to do.

El Jefe
01-09-2009, 09:30 AM
We are in the process of hiring probably 4-5 new employees in addition to 1-2 new supervisors. Let me say that I am so glad that I have no responsibilities when it comes to hiring them. By the way some act, or talk, you would think that we should feel lucky that we have them in for them to think about our position.

In the last two days, we have had:

- 1 came in dressed as if they just got out of bed. Literally wearing flannels, sweatshirt, and slippers.

- 1 saying as soon as the interview started: "Let me tell you MY availability. I won't work any Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays, but I want full time hours."

- When asked about previous employers, literally cursed their names and used vulgar language in reference to them. Going so far as to call one a "Sl*t A$$ Whore" to the person interviewing them.

In the past, we have had people bring their kids with them to interviews. What is wrong with people? Do they not understand that first impression for a potential employer is important?

Anyone else got any dumb people stories?

The million dollar question, where do you work, or what field do you work in?

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 09:30 AM
On the opposite side of the spectrum, I remember an interview I had where the interviewer made some crack about me being over-dressed (black pants, white dress shirt, tie).

My reply was "yea, sorry about taking this opportunity too seriously".

No shit. We are a smaller company (30+ employees). We don't require suit & tie type attire, simply a nice pair of jeans & appropriate shirt type attire. Dress for the position that you want.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 09:34 AM
The million dollar question, where do you work, or what field do you work in?

I knew it would be asked eventually....so, yes, I know the field has something to do with it, but it shouldn't matter if you are looking for work. So...a little about our business.

My wife & I own an inbound only call center - no telemarketing. We have over 600 customers nationwide and answer roughly 75,000 calls per month.

Garcia Bronco
01-09-2009, 09:35 AM
I am in the technology field and when people interviewed me a year ago they were suprised I was wearing a suit and tie. I told them it amazed me too when I kept getting job offers.

Chiefnj2
01-09-2009, 09:39 AM
1 saying as soon as the interview started: "Let me tell you MY availability. I won't work any Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays, but I want full time hours."

At least this person was up front and honest. Better than someone pretending they will work whenever but then when you need them problems arise.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 09:44 AM
While I agree to an extent because going through an interview would have been a waste of time, it all depends on how bad you need a job.

kstater
01-09-2009, 09:45 AM
We have had some very good applicants. I'm just talking about a small minority. But you would think that a little common sense would tell someone to dress appropriately, don't make demands when it's YOU that needs a job, and to not talk that negatively about past employers.

Likely doing the interview to keep up with unemployment requirements.

StcChief
01-09-2009, 09:55 AM
No shit. We are a smaller company (30+ employees). We don't require suit & tie type attire, simply a nice pair of jeans & appropriate shirt type attire. Dress for the position that you want.

There aren't 2nd chances to make a first impression....

Depending on the job.... If you show up in suit, shows you care enough to make that first impression.

Otter
01-09-2009, 09:56 AM
- 1 came in dressed as if they just got out of bed. Literally wearing flannels, sweatshirt, and slippers.WANTED: The Dude

Funny story. When I was applying for a wireless networking position at Harley Davidson I showed up dressed in my best duds and the recruiter sent me home telling me to put on jeans, steel toe boots and a polo shirt.

I was hired 30 days later.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 09:58 AM
There aren't 2nd chances to make a first impression....

Depending on the job.... If you show up in suit, shows you care enough to make that first impression.

I would rather have someone come in over dressed and be able to tell them that if they are hired, you don't have to dress that nicely than to have someone come in and worry that they even have the clothes required for the job.

sedated
01-09-2009, 10:03 AM
I wish some of the dumbfuks I work with now had shown up in pajamas for their interview.

Apparently their sense of responsibility ended the minute they were shown their desk.

Deberg_1990
01-09-2009, 10:03 AM
My wife & I own an inbound only call center - no telemarketing. We have over 600 customers nationwide and answer roughly 75,000 calls per month.

So since your customers will never see the operators, what do you care if they come in dressed as if they just got out of bed?


Just askin..

kstater
01-09-2009, 10:04 AM
So since your customers will never see the operators, what do you care if they come in dressed as if they just got out of bed?


Just askin..

I can't speak for him, but I'd imagine he thinks that since they came in looking like they just rolled out of bed, they're likely not going to take the job seriously.

El Jefe
01-09-2009, 10:05 AM
I knew it would be asked eventually....so, yes, I know the field has something to do with it, but it shouldn't matter if you are looking for work. So...a little about our business.

My wife & I own an inbound only call center - no telemarketing. We have over 600 customers nationwide and answer roughly 75,000 calls per month.

Those kind of jobs typicall pay like 8 or 9 bucks an hour, isn't that about right? My friend works at a call center everytime she comes home from college and I think she gets like 9.50 an hour or something like. I think it has some influence on how seriously they take the interview, but it just depends on their characer. I mean, my dad always raised me to take any job interview seriously, no matter what the pay or what the job is. There has been a couple jobs where I did not wear a tie to the interview, but dressed nicely. I think their attire should show you what they think of the job, but it depends on how they answer your questions. Most people these days think somebody owes them something, and they can say anything they want and still get the job. It's sad, but America has a lot of bums.

El Jefe
01-09-2009, 10:06 AM
I can't speak for him, but I'd imagine he thinks that since they came in looking like they just rolled out of bed, they're likely not going to take the job seriously.

Yes.

Goapics1
01-09-2009, 10:11 AM
My wife & I own an inbound only call center - no telemarketing. We have over 600 customers nationwide and answer roughly 75,000 calls per month.

So you guys are in the porn industry? Phone sex?

Mr. Laz
01-09-2009, 10:17 AM
i was part of a mass hire at one point...

we were going into a new market and had to hire 200-250 people.


dear lord .... it was like a cattle drive

lines and booths setup like the DMV on a busy day


:doh!:

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 10:20 AM
Those kind of jobs typicall pay like 8 or 9 bucks an hour, isn't that about right? My friend works at a call center everytime she comes home from college and I think she gets like 9.50 an hour or something like. I think it has some influence on how seriously they take the interview, but it just depends on their characer. I mean, my dad always raised me to take any job interview seriously, no matter what the pay or what the job is. There has been a couple jobs where I did not wear a tie to the interview, but dressed nicely. I think their attire should show you what they think of the job, but it depends on how they answer your questions. Most people these days think somebody owes them something, and they can say anything they want and still get the job. It's sad, but America has a lot of bums.

Correct. In our town starting out $8-$9/hour is about average for jobs - not careers. We are trying to get our starting wage up to attract a better employee, but it still seems to bring in some of the above type applicants.

Personally, I think our location has something to do with some that apply, but I can't convince the powers that be to move the office....even though as the person in charge of all the computers/servers/equipment, it would be hardest on me.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 10:21 AM
So you guys are in the porn industry? Phone sex?

Yes. I answer all the phones. Would you like our #?

Demonpenz
01-09-2009, 10:23 AM
It was always a win win with me. I didn't want to work at a place that judged the way I looked, and they didn't want me.

Simplex3
01-09-2009, 10:30 AM
My wife & I own an inbound only call center...

Ah, call center employees. I used to install phone equipment in them, a short list of the types I saw:

* Giant (400lbs+) and smelly (lots)
* Sitting around talking about their current/ex boyfriend instead of working (lots)
* The gum chewer
* The token man (usually also the one that had figured out a way to game the reporting system to make it look like he was busier than he was)

My favorite three all came from the same overnight crew in the same call center, though. They had a dude with a (no s**t) bone in his nose. It was plastic or something, but it was probably three inches long. Then there was the girl who thought she was a vampire. Couldn't stay for training after the shift because she had to get home before the sun came up, which she told us very loudly like we were dips**ts for not seeing and respecting her vampire-ness. Then there was the guy who was beet red and covered in acne who's cube looked like a miniature GNC store. I'd rank them in order of crazy, but I wouldn't know where to begin.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 10:38 AM
Ah, call center employees. I used to install phone equipment in them, a short list of the types I saw:

* Giant (400lbs+) and smelly (lots)
* Sitting around talking about their current/ex boyfriend instead of working (lots)
* The gum chewer
* The token man (usually also the one that had figured out a way to game the reporting system to make it look like he was busier than he was)

My favorite three all came from the same overnight crew in the same call center, though. They had a dude with a (no s**t) bone in his nose. It was plastic or something, but it was probably three inches long. Then there was the girl who thought she was a vampire. Couldn't stay for training after the shift because she had to get home before the sun came up, which she told us very loudly like we were dips**ts for not seeing and respecting her vampire-ness. Then there was the guy who was beet red and covered in acne who's cube looked like a miniature GNC store. I'd rank them in order of crazy, but I wouldn't know where to begin.



ROFL

We've seen our share. But since we bought out another company a couple years back, we've raised our standards.

MOhillbilly
01-09-2009, 10:45 AM
the 'my opinion matters' crowd goes hand in hand with the 'i dont listen' 'you owe me something' 'i cant do two things a once' crowd.

but its a call center mr. plow you should expect this kinda shit. duh.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 10:59 AM
I wouldn't go so far as to say I should expect it. I know that turnover is part of the business and we luckily don't have a ton of it.

Every job I've applied for - whether it was washing dishes at Applebee's, working at Best Buy, etc - I treated the person interviewing me with respect by showing up acting like I wanted a job......as I'm sure most on here have regardless of the position.

xbarretx
01-09-2009, 11:43 AM
For God's sake man, what position are you hiring? Where do you get your recruits, Crack houses?

I just interviewed 14 people for a position I had and I was ULTRA impressed with the candidates that applied. The Universitites are turning out good folks from where I sit.

Two new hires in 2008 are doing very well.

Maybe it's their leader ;)

yes, but as a soon to be MBA grad, the market seems dead with a hiring freeze all around :(

sedated
01-09-2009, 11:49 AM
I know that turnover is part of the business and we luckily don't have a ton of it.

High turnover = crappy job/employer

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 11:55 AM
High turnover = crappy job/employer

Thanks. I do my best to make sure each and every single employee is miserable here.

xbarretx
01-09-2009, 11:56 AM
High turnover = crappy job/employer

QFT but id actually say that their hiring practices are failing or their HR dept isnt doing its job (meaing adding NO VALUE to the company).

if your targeting the right people and they can keep them satisfied then you shouldnt have high turnover.

people complain about high turnover in callcenters and always point blame at the nature of the job as a reason. i say they are NOT hiring the right type of employee for that job and as such they have high turnover.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 11:59 AM
people complain about high turnover in callcenters and always point blame at the nature of the job as a reason. i say they are NOT hiring the right type of employee for that job and as such they have high turnover.

I would agree.

Like I said earlier, our turnover is not very high. Out of 30 employees only 5-6 have been here less than one year. 10+ have been with us for 3+ years.

Our hiring now is not because of turnover, but because of growth.

crazycoffey
01-09-2009, 12:01 PM
what's the jobs for? Can I appy, I'll move to KC....

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 12:02 PM
what's the jobs for? Can I appy, I'll move to KC....

You can move to KC if you can commute 3 hours each way daily.

blueballs
01-09-2009, 12:02 PM
Hire one
see if they show up

xbarretx
01-09-2009, 12:02 PM
I would agree.

Like I said earlier, our turnover is not very high. Out of 30 employees only 5-6 have been here less than one year. 10+ have been with us for 3+ years.

Our hiring now is not because of turnover, but because of growth.

nice then :toast: good to see some companies still thrive.

ive been at my company here in KC for 8 years..my experience is 7 years logistics, 5 customer service, 3 project mgmt, 3 warehousing and dist, 2 international business, and now im in Accounting. its a pain in the butt to get a promo regardless of what i bring to the table b/c now we have 80 - 120 apps per open req instead of the normal 12 - 35

Fairplay
01-09-2009, 12:07 PM
On the opposite side of the spectrum, I remember an interview I had where the interviewer made some crack about me being over-dressed (black pants, white dress shirt, tie).

My reply was "yea, sorry about taking this opportunity too seriously".

As a general rule of thumb. Its better to overdress then otherwise.

xbarretx
01-09-2009, 12:08 PM
As a general rule of thumb. Its better to overdress then otherwise.

yes, and if you get that type of response form the person interviewing....then that probably tells you all you need to know about that company. :shake: i agree, better to over than under dress :clap:

crazycoffey
01-09-2009, 12:09 PM
You can move to KC if you can commute 3 hours each way daily.

that's right you're not in KC. I'm in St. Louie now, where do you want me to move? I'm available to work anyday, only need to make median salary for what you want me to do, am loyal and trustworthy and have a degree.

Hire me...

StcChief
01-09-2009, 12:11 PM
Ah, call center employees. I used to install phone equipment in them, a short list of the types I saw:

* Giant (400lbs+) and smelly (lots)
* Sitting around talking about their current/ex boyfriend instead of working (lots)
* The gum chewer
* The token man (usually also the one that had figured out a way to game the reporting system to make it look like he was busier than he was)

My favorite three all came from the same overnight crew in the same call center, though. They had a dude with a (no s**t) bone in his nose. It was plastic or something, but it was probably three inches long. Then there was the girl who thought she was a vampire. Couldn't stay for training after the shift because she had to get home before the sun came up, which she told us very loudly like we were dips**ts for not seeing and respecting her vampire-ness. Then there was the guy who was beet red and covered in acne who's cube looked like a miniature GNC store. I'd rank them in order of crazy, but I wouldn't know where to begin.

and they wonder why the Call centers are outsourced.......

xbarretx
01-09-2009, 12:12 PM
that's right you're not in KC. I'm in St. Louie now, where do you want me to move? I'm available to work anyday, only need to make median salary for what you want me to do, am loyal and trustworthy and have a degree.

Hire me...

CC, i thought you were a cop? what happened to your deams of waiting till the world ends to have a 50 cal. mounted on top of a stolen hummer? i doubt you'll have access to such spoils anywhere other than the St Louis PD. ;)

Demonpenz
01-09-2009, 12:12 PM
and they wonder why the Call centers are outsourced.......

pfft over seas call centers aren't any better. Most of them have towels on their hads as if they just got out of the shower

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 12:16 PM
nice then :toast: good to see some companies still thrive.

ive been at my company here in KC for 8 years..my experience is 7 years logistics, 5 customer service, 3 project mgmt, 3 warehousing and dist, 2 international business, and now im in Accounting. its a pain in the butt to get a promo regardless of what i bring to the table b/c now we have 80 - 120 apps per open req instead of the normal 12 - 35

Call centers are not the ideal job, but I've stumbled upon:

Owning my own business
Setting my own hours with the opportunity to do things with my kids that other jobs wouldn't allow
Making enough money to keep my impulse buying up
Play enough golf that I'll have a heart attack by the time I'm 40

It's not a glamorous position, but I've got enough money to do what I want to do and I get to spend the time with my kids.

With the way the world is right now, it's good to just have a job.

Mr. Plow
01-09-2009, 12:18 PM
that's right you're not in KC. I'm in St. Louie now, where do you want me to move? I'm available to work anyday, only need to make median salary for what you want me to do, am loyal and trustworthy and have a degree.

Hire me...

You'll need to move to North Dakota. Of course the commute time will be roughly 10 hours each way.

Fairplay
01-09-2009, 12:20 PM
Plus to do practice interviews with someone who knows what to do and what not to do/or say helps if you are out of the looking for a job business for a while.

I've seen resumes that look way over done and some that are horrendous.

xbarretx
01-09-2009, 12:29 PM
Call centers are not the ideal job, but I've stumbled upon:

Owning my own business
Setting my own hours with the opportunity to do things with my kids that other jobs wouldn't allow
Making enough money to keep my impulse buying up
Play enough golf that I'll have a heart attack by the time I'm 40

It's not a glamorous position, but I've got enough money to do what I want to do and I get to spend the time with my kids.

With the way the world is right now, it's good to just have a job.

i agree with everything 200%

Demonpenz
01-09-2009, 12:34 PM
i agree with everything 200%

you interviewed for a stats job didn't you

xbarretx
01-09-2009, 12:38 PM
you interviewed for a stats job didn't you

nope, i can deal with accoutning and baseline stats' but an actualy statistician(sp?) is not my cup of tea. :p

Chief Chief
01-09-2009, 12:38 PM
- 1 came in dressed as if they just got out of bed. Literally wearing flannels, sweatshirt, and slippers.


THE ABOVE PERSON DESERVES A BREAK HERE! LOOK: HE/SHE OBVIOUSLY BELIEVES WORK IS SO IMPORTANT THAT THEY DON'T BOTHER TAKING THE TIME TO CHANGE OR PROBABLY EVEN TO LET THE DOG OUT IN THE MORNING. THEY'RE RIGHT OUT OF BED AND STRAIGHT TO THE OFFICE. IT'S CLEAR THAT THIS PERSON HAS THEIR PRIORITIES ALIGNED PROPERLY! YOU'LL NEVER HAVE ATTENDANCE PROBLEMS WITH THIS DEDICATED WORKER. PLUS, HERE'S SOMEONE WHO APPEARS CASUAL BUT REALLY IS ALL BUSINESS, WHICH GIVES YOUR COMPANY A HUGE ADVANTAGE WHEN YOU SEND THIS PERSON TO INTERFACE WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS AND/OR COMPETITORS ON A DAILY BASIS. YOU SHOULD REALLY RECONSIDER HIM/HER AT ONCE!


- 1 saying as soon as the interview started: "Let me tell you MY availability. I won't work any Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays, but I want full time hours."


NOW THIS PERSON IS ONE WHO IS WELL-ORGANIZED AND WILLING TO WORK ANY AND ALL HOURS DURING A 4-DAY PERIOD. BESIDES...AND LET'S BE REALISTIC HERE...NOBODY WORKS ON ANY MONDAY OF THE TRADITIONAL 5-DAY WORK WEEK. SO REALLY YOU'RE GETTING A GEM HERE -- SOMEONE WHO'LL DO 40 HOURS OF ACTUAL WORK WHILE EVERYONE ELSE IS GETTING AWAY WITH PERFORMING ONLY 32 HOURS OF WORK PER WEEK. LET'S JUST HOPE YOU'RE ABLE TO SHOW SOME HUMILITY HERE BY CALLING THIS PERSON BACK, APOLOGIZING, AND OFFERING HIM/HER AN ABOVE-AVERAGE SALARY AND DOING WHATEVER ELSE IT TAKES TO STEAL THIS PERSON FROM ALL OTHER EMPLOYERS.


- When asked about previous employers, literally cursed their names and used vulgar language in reference to them. Going so far as to call one a "Sl*t A$$ Whore" to the person interviewing them.


UNBELIEVEABLE!! HERE YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO'S NOT ONLY UPFRONT BUT HONEST TO BOOT! TELL ME: WHO WAS THE LAST U.S. PRESIDENT YOU COULD SAY THAT ABOUT?? AND DON'T BE AFRAID THAT THIS PERSON WILL SOON BE REFERRING TO YOU AS A MOTHER***IN' A$$WIPE. YOU WOULD BE WISE TO ENSURE YOUR BOSS IS AROUND WHEN THIS PERSON EMPLOYS HIS/HER DESCRIPTIVE REFERENCES REGARDING YOU...NOT ONLY COULD IT RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE PROMOTION OR AT LEAST BONUS IN SALARY FOR YOU BUT MOST LIKELY WILL INSTANTLY IMPROVE YOUR REPUTATION AND STANDING WITH YOUR FELLOW GAWD*** S**T-EATIN' C***-SUCKIN' SUPERVISORS/MANAGERS.


!

crazycoffey
01-09-2009, 12:41 PM
CC, i thought you were a cop? what happened to your deams of waiting till the world ends to have a 50 cal. mounted on top of a stolen hummer? i doubt you'll have access to such spoils anywhere other than the St Louis PD. ;)

no, was for 5 years in Dallas area, after moving to St. Louis, the wife at the time didn't want me to be a cop anymore, so in the spirit of compromise I sold office product, recruited doctors/then CPA's, and now in am in Corporate Security. I did just put in an application to a local department, NOT the metro of St. Louis (I already served my country in third world areas, thank you very much)