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Old 08-25-2008, 07:02 AM
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Come in the middle of lunch/dinner shift (restaurant), when all hell is breaking loose, and ask to see a manager for an interview.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:09 PM
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The problem with flip flops is that I've seen that become more of an accepted dress code in office environments so people get the idea that it is ok to wear them anytime. However, flip flops should never be worn to an interview, only after have you gotten the job should you then dress down to flip flops. Easy concept right??? Unfortunately not for most people who seem to lack common sense in today's world.

I used to do recruiting for a staffing company so I got to see a whole lot of no nos.

My main pet peeve would be people who bring their kids to an interview. Not appropriate in any sense of the imagination. What you get the job, you going to bring them to work too?

I had one guy who came in and filled out an application. Looked like he got out the joint as early as that morning. Had the prison tats and everything. Love tattooed across right knuckles and Hate tattooed across left knuckles. Ok, tats not really acceptable but being he was applying for a position out of public eye, I knew the employer would overlook them. Then the guy refused to talk to one of the other recruiters who was going to interview him because she was a woman and hispanic. He wanted to only to talk to me, the only white guy in the office at the time. I sat down told him that there would be no job for him through us ever. Because he a. the recruiter who he refused to speak with is also the office manager, b. i personally do not tolerate that type of attitude from any of our employees ever, c. none of our companies we work with would tolerate that type of attitude either. I told him to get out and never come back.

One of my favorite ones was this woman came in and as she was filling out the app I caught a glimpse of her and went into the office manager's office and joked damn that woman looks like a stripper. I shit you not when I sat down to do the interview she was currently working at a strip club but was looking for a day job. She said she wanted to get out of the business and get an office job, she even offered to give me a couple private dances if I could get her a job quickly.

Yes I got her an entry level office job, but unfortunately ethics prevented me from taking up her offer of the private dances.

Got a lot more but those are just the ones that always stand out in my head.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:59 PM
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After being busted for shoplifting, then making the guards run after you, then made them physically drag you back to the store you ask how you get into security for <Music Store>
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:38 AM
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Be 11.
When I was at Wal Mart I had a group of 11 year old gilrs (not a chance they were older than that) come up to me at the customer service desk and say, "Yes, three jobs please," giggle, then follow up with, "no really, can we get applications?"
I couldn't help myself. I responded, "For what, paper airplanes?"
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:20 PM
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*Sigh* I showed up for my job interview in a collared shirt, slacks, dress boots, and with three stickies worth of references. This is McDonalds. I only realised what kind of overdressed I was several weeks later, when I saw the shift manager hand an application to someone in what looked like half a sweatshirt, a pair of ripped-up jeans, and falling-off sandals, and who couldn't even pay for a cheeseburger, and then BEG him to get back to them!
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:00 AM
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Slightly offtopic, but I never did understand this particular question on applications... The "What kind of job would you like?" question. Seeing as I want anything that'll pay me money, I put "anything". Then it asked me what hours I want. Seeing as I have no job or any other obligations, I put "anytime". My friend's father got extremely irritated with me.

I was just being truthful. >< According to him, those answers make it sound like I don't care about anything. I don't quite understand how "I will do anything you want, anytime you want" translates to "I'm lazy".

As for what not to do when you're trying to get a job... When you ask for a manager over the phone to check up on an app, don't mishear her when she says "Yes, this is [name]" and think she said "Yes, just a second". You will just pause there seeming rather stupid before saying "Oh, it's you?"

Yes, I'm talking about myself. Trying to get my first real job and things aren't going too well. ><
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:36 PM
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From my dad's work...

When applying for a job at a company that only exists because of military contracts, list a previous job with a well-known extremist anti-military organisation (you know, the ones that bring weapons to "peaceful" protests)
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:14 PM
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At my first job, people would often come up to me, and ask for applications....for the store loyalty card. 99% of people asking for app's wanted the loyalty card, not a job, because only teenagers applied in person. Most adults knew that they could apply for a job online.

Well, one middle aged woman comes in with her daughter.

"Mama, can you buy me cigarettes?"
"Hang on..."

She then asks me for an app. I give her the loyalty card one.

"Are you going to give me a PEN!?!?!"

I hand her a pen and expect her to move out of my line, so that I could tend to other customers. I expected wrong. She starts filling it out then and there.

"NO!!! I wanted a JOB application."

I point her in the direction of the computer app system we had. Later the manager walked up to me.

"Great, we finally have someone filling out an application."

I told him what happened before he came. She didn't get the job.

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Old 08-27-2008, 09:28 PM
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Once when interviewing for bar staff. I had one stupid git put down as his hobbies as"wimmen(women)" and what qualities he would bring to the workplace he put"i will be able to chat all the wimmen up so that they will flock in to see me"
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set light to someone and he will be warm for the rest of his life" Sir Samuel Vimes

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Old 08-27-2008, 09:43 PM
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I actually got my first job wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and sandals. They were clean and didn't have holes or anything though. I was at the library just browsing and I noticed they were advertising for help, so I filled in an application and they called me within an hour. I had my dad get me a hairbrush and a half hour later I was interviewed by my then supervisor. I did dress nicley for my second round of interviews.
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