As a news source for the staffing industry, we often take stories from the perspective of the staffer/recruiter, and as such I guess you could say we show favoritism. True, we call out poor practices and cheating companies fairly regularly, but that’s to single out that the bad apples shouldn’t be spoiling an otherwise wholesome bunch that’s just trying to put people to work.
What we rarely do is show the side of the
candidates and job-seekers that you actually put to work. But when we got this story sent to us last week and gave it a read, we just couldn’t resist. I think you’ll agree it’s a great example of a candidate taking it upon themselves to dish out comeuppance that’s long overdue to a bad boss.
Said story comes from Gregory David Laka, a long-time recruiter with Gregory Laka & Company in Chicago, who says “it manages to make me laugh whenever I think of it. Hope the readership likes it.”
Take it from us, Greg, they will.
Lots of firms and hiring managers treat people poorly in the interview process with little consideration for the person, their time, and their feelings. Most of the time interviewees simply take the abuse and just move on. Others take matters into their own hands, as is the case with this story.
A professional I represented went out to see a client of mine, who was scheduled to interview with a newly promoted manager. This manager had an enormous ego, and made the poor guy wait more than 45 minutes before he interviewed him, with no major reason for doing so.
And as if that weren’t enough, the hiring manager proceeded to take roughly a half-dozen calls (one lasted more than 30 minutes!) during the interview. That’s right: right in the middle of the interview!
But that’s where it starts getting interesting.
That 30-minute call was with a cable/dish television company, and the hiring manager was scheduling an installation at his home for the following Monday. As with most installations, the company gives the home owner a time frame when they’ll be there and they have to be home during that time to let them in. Well the hiring manager, thinking he’s an important man and all, stressed repeatedly that they “better should up on time” and “get it done quickly.”
Again – I can’t stress this enough – this big-ego manager
scheduled cable/dish installation for his personal residence IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERVIEW!!!
OK, back to the story.
Apparently the manager actually wanted to hire my candidate, but he was so turned off (understandably) that he rejected the job offer later that afternoon. But that’s only the beginning to his grand scheme for revenge …
The applicant apparently took notes while the interviewer was talking to the cable/dish company, and later that day he called the cable/dish company and cancelled the install. Then when Monday came around (the date for the install), he proceeded to call the manager at his home. He said he was with the cable-dish provider and that they were running late, but not to worry because they’d be there soon.
He kept calling back throughout the day, giving the same story, and listening to the manager’s frustrations slowly build. Then, at the end of the day, he told the manager that they'd need to come out the next day and apologized for the delay. To compensate him for his time, the company would give him six months of free service including all premium channels.
The manager was ticked, but agreed to the deal. And so the story continued with the manager taking off another day of work, and getting call after call until the end of the day, still with no cable/dish service.
Then the interviewee called the manager one last time, told the guy what he did, and to consider his two days of waiting as payback for treating him like dirt in his interview.
Although I’m not one to condone burning bridges, I still have to give this candidate the award for best revenge for a poor interview. Plus I give him an A+ for taking notes in an interview, and another A+ for creativity.