Maybe going out for the job was a big mistake
The resume looks great, they pass the interview with flying colors, and they come in on time for their first day. It all looks legitimate until they surprise you with their arrogance, incompetence, or other strange traits that you really did not see coming. These employers have proven that you just never know what someone’s going to do when they get hired even though they seem like the perfect person for the job at first.
I had a new guy to train in my job where we installed TVs and various other electronics in expensive houses. I had a small part in hiring him, and even though he wasn’t from our industry he seemed to have good skills in related fields and seem to be willing to learn what he needed to.
We had to wire a house, which involved crawling through the attic and underneath the floors pulling new wires. I turned to this guy and told him to take these five wires down underneath the house and crawl them to the other side. He looked at me like I had three heads and said “What? No way! I am not going under there.”
I was taken aback, this is a huge part of the job and he had to have known that when he was hired. After a couple minutes of talking to him, it was clear he had no intention of doing any “dirty” work. He ended up going out and sitting in the work van pouting.
I called our manager, and when we drove back to the office at the end of the day his final check was waiting for him. He was completely stunned, and got really upset, trying to blame me as his trainer for “setting him up” and “making him do stuff that no one would ever want to do.”
I didn’t get to see the final encounter myself, but it became the talk of the company for a while. Apparently he never managed to get it through his head that we all had to do that type of work and I wasn’t singling him out. He blamed me and the company for him losing his job all the way out the door.
Apparently he also tried lying to the unemployment office and got shut down hard when my manager explained why he was let go and he corroborated it, still assuming that we were in the wrong for asking him to do that type of work. (Treereme)
They were loudly taking a phone call while waiting to be interviewed. Taking a call is not a total dealbreaker by itself, but the call was her coaching the friend into getting fired so she could get unemployment. I didn’t hire her, but after I left I think someone else did. (pessimistchick)
“What’s the company policy on fighting?” He was totally serious too, when told he can’t, he asked “What about in the parking lot?” (bingwhip)
I am pretty sure the only place it is acceptable to fight a coworker is at a martial arts school. Like. 99% sure. Probably some other exceptions, but I bet they all involve jobs where part of your job is practicing fighting skills. (breakingoff)