I Walked Out of a Potential Job Interview Today

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    Nov 03, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    I went to apply for a job a restaurant/ nightclub that posted an ad on Craigslist last week for an admin assistant. They didn't want any emailed applications and you had to come in and apply in person.

    So I walked in today and they seemed to be setting up for dinner. The woman told me to wait in the front of the restaurant. I took a seat. While I was waiting some little kids (I guess the owners or the manager's ran by playing tag). I waited some more while she talked on the phone. 10 minutes go by... she calls a friend and starts chatting with her. The manager or owner passed by me about 3 or 4 times, giving me the "Who are you?" look.

    More than 20 minutes pass by and as the little kids run pass me again I hear her laughing with a friend on the phone. I got up and walked out.

    Would you have done the same?

    I know it's a tough economy but if they kept me waiting that long you have to wonder about the professionalism of that place and respecting other people's time. Especially with the owner not asking who I was and the kids running around.
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    Nov 03, 2010 12:49 AM GMT
    Looks like if you got the job you would not have to do much work. *shrug*
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    Nov 03, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    Yeah, that is true. I'd probably be waiting a couple of weeks/ months for my first paycheck also.

    She kept saying to people trying to book events that they were all booked up and she was "very busy." I guess busy means talking on the phone with friends all day.

    I was pretty pissed when I got out of there because it's frustrating jumping through so many hoops to get almost any darn job- and I have a pretty good resume too.
  • Hunter9

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    Nov 03, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    depends what you're looking for. you just want any ol' job, you should have held out. if you want a decent, professional place of employment, then it was probably a good decision
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    Nov 03, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    You did the right thing. If she acted like that, she would have been a crummy boss.
  • LJay

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    Nov 03, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    Were you to interview with her or with the manager?

    She sounds like a mess, but perhaps the thing to do would have been to walk up to her and say: will i be talking with you? If so, I can see that you are busy and will be glad to come back at a later time.

    It sounds like you would have been talking with the manager and htat she was too dizzy to say that you were waiting.
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    Nov 03, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    Maybe she was trying to see if you would just sit around and wait or take initiative and remind her you were there? I would think especially in a restaurant, people get sidetracked and sometimes need a jostle to get back on track. This would be a good trait for an admin assistant. Just a theory.
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    Nov 03, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    halltd saidMaybe she was trying to see if you would just sit around and wait or take initiative and remind her you were there? I would think especially in a restaurant, people get sidetracked and sometimes need a jostle to get back on track. This would be a good trait for an admin assistant. Just a theory.


    That's possible... but I don't think she was testing me. She seemed to forget I was there.. I got a bad feeling the minute I walked in I almost walked right out before anyone could see me.

    It seemed like she would be interviewing me; or more likely just taking my resume and saying "We'll get back to you." icon_rolleyes.gif

    When I'm being interviewed by the manager or owner someone usually tells me they'll be with me in a minute if they are taking longer than normal. Smart businesses know that if you don't get an offer you or someone you know might become a future client so they'll treat you in a professional manner. From my experience not professional usually = bad for business or even a bad business.

    And in a city like New York they should know people are busy, have places to go and don't like their time wasted.

    She could be the admin they're replacing, has been given her 2 weeks notice and doesn't care about her job anymore. Not a good idea BTW if you need the reference.
  • Daknee

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    Nov 03, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    I think you did the right thing. Good times or not we often forget we are interviewing prospecitve employers too. The way you were treated is probabley a good indication of how you would have been treated had you got the position. That is with no respect. Good for you for having enough respect for yourself to walk out. Something better is sure to come your way!
    Keep believing in yourself. Know you are deserving.
  • commoncoll

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    Nov 03, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    You are more than likely correct, E. Even you had gotten the job, you would probably have been left having to wait weeks/months for wages. There is always something or other going on. And the amount of chaos that would ensue from her carelessness, would you really have been happy?
  • mizu5

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    Nov 03, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    Assuming you dno't have a job i can';t imagine what would be more important than finding one. I would have said something, or waited a bit longer.
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    Nov 03, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    [quote]I got up and walked out.

    Would you have done the same?

    I know it's a tough economy but if they kept me waiting that long you have to wonder about the professionalism of that place and respecting other people's time. Especially with the owner not asking who I was and the kids running around.[/quote]

    Yep. It's a mutual interview. They failed your test. Next.
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    Nov 03, 2010 4:47 AM GMT
    Who wants to work for jerks?
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    Nov 03, 2010 5:03 AM GMT
    meh, thats the service industry for you. youre pretty much disposable... gotta find the right place that treats you well.
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    Nov 03, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    halltd saidMaybe she was trying to see if you would just sit around and wait or take initiative and remind her you were there? I would think especially in a restaurant, people get sidetracked and sometimes need a jostle to get back on track. This would be a good trait for an admin assistant. Just a theory.


    I agree. I once was kept waiting for 1 hour and 20 mins. in a restaurant which had Platinum rating. It is one of the finest restaurants in South Africa (www.beluga.co.za). Managers, waiters, barmen and even the chef walked past me several times. Eventually, the manager came to talk to me. If you want it, you gotta fight for it.

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    Nov 03, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
    I had something like that happen to me 2 weeks ago. I had applied for a job at the Ford Dealership down the road from me. I had an appointment with the General Manager at 1PM Tuesday after noon. I got there and he took me in his office and interviewed me for a couple of minutes and then took me out to the sales floor to wait while he got a sales manager to do a second interview. I waited about a half hour and finally someone walks up to me and says that the sales manager was extremely busy and it will be a few minutes longer. I waited another 20 minutes and the same guy said that the sales manager was to busy to interview me at that time and come back tomorrow at 1PM. I went back and the same thing happened. So I told them rather than come back again, I would call them later and make an appointment. I made my appointment at 2PM the following Monday. I get there and the general manager talked with me a few minutes and sets me down at a desk on the sales floor and tells me the sales manager would be with me in a moment. In the mean time I see a sales manager leaving for lunch, so I ask the receptionist if that was the sales manager I was supposed to see. She gets really upset and gets the general manager out there and he tells me the sales manager is really busy and takes me to their snack bar and sits me down with a snack and a drink. 45 minutes later I finally had my interview. By that time, I was rather upset and even though I tried to hide it, I am sure I was not all that successful. He said to call him back Friday after 4:30 to see if I got the job or not. I called at a little after 4:30 and he did not take my call. He called back the next day to say I got it and I said......NO THANK YOU! I figure if he did not have the time to talk with me when I had a set appointment and went to lunch instead, when would he have trained me? Or spent any time with me.to close deals? Any way, because I turned them down, I have had 2 good interviews already this week that are far better jobs than what that was.

    Keep at it Ehanson, you will find something soon and to your liking and I think you probably did the right thing. If they treat you that way as a potential employee, what are they going to treat you like after they hire you.
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    Nov 03, 2010 7:58 AM GMT
    I've been in hospitality my entire life, and situations like these are not uncommon. I probably would have waited a little bit longer. Managers in restaurants have a million things on their plates at one time, and if it's not during a rush hour most likely there was only one manager on duty. Also restaurant turnover is insanely high. They are always interviewing people, and have many candidates applying non stop, so really your just another number to them.
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    Nov 03, 2010 9:08 AM GMT
    Sorry to say, but you made a very unwise move. There were alot of assumptions you made about what was keeping you waiting and instead of being professional about it, you made an emotional decision and walked out. Frankly, with that, I wouldn't hire you because that's indicative of the types of decisions you'd make as an employee.

    If I can offer advice, you should have walked up to her and politely said that you know that the dinner crowd will soon be streaming in and asked if it might be more convenient (for the business) if you should schedule another time to come back. You acted like the restaurant owed you something. You're the one asking for a job, you need to show that you would be flexible to ever-changing business needs.

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    Nov 03, 2010 9:36 AM GMT
    I applaud your self-worth and quick instincts re you realized this was an environment not right for you based upon the owner/manager behavior.

    By doing so, you clearly sent a message that you would not tolerate disrespect nor would you enable their dysfunctional behavior.

    First contact/first impressions work both ways regardless of the economy.

    Leaving was the right move.