Tales from unemployment

I found myself over the weekend, in between unpacking and attempting to get the overshare badge on Foursquare (Me? Overshare? Never!), reflecting on my stint being unemployed. As this had been the longest I had ever been unemployed, and hopefully it will never be that long again, a lot of craziness went down and I thought I might share some of that with you. Here are some of the silly, funny, and crazy things that happened. They say it’s important to find humor in things, which fortunately has never been a problem for me. So, for your amusement, here are some of my Tales from Unemployment!

– After the HR manager waxed poetic during our in person interview about how much the candidate experience meant to their company, they proceeded to string me along for another month before I got a canned rejection from their applicant tracking system. Can you say ironic?
– At an interview I was so surprised to be asked what the Fair Labor Standards Act was that for a few seconds I actually forgot what it was. This question was swiftly followed by what is the current minimum wage. Cause, you know, my PHR certification and Master’s degree was not good enough for them, they had to test me themselves.
– After receiving an offer for a contract position I asked a few questions before I would accept the role. The recruiter stated he would check with his boss and get back to me. I never heard from them again.
– There was the recruiter who never seemed to get my messages, voice mail and email, about setting up a phone screen. But she got them for everything else. We never did end up talking. Entirely my fault I’m sure.
– There was the staffing agency that spent 20 minutes telling me how wrong I was for a position only to end the call by letting me know they would be sending my resume in for the role right away.

Have some crazy stories yourself that you want to share? Hit me up in the comments so we can all have a good chuckle together!

16 Responses to Tales from unemployment

  1. Terrence Seamon August 17, 2010 at 4:17 am #

    Shauna,
    Great post. I found myself smiling as I read it. I can relate!
    It reminded me of a saying that one of my Communication profs was fond of: “Never assume that the next guy knows what he is doing, much less why.”
    That goes for HR folk too, I’m sorry to say.
    Keep the faith. Your opportunity will come.
    Terry

  2. Mary August 18, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    I was called and was interviewed at 5 different levels for a position, everyone I interviewed with was pleased and sent me to the next step. The final step was with the Corporate HR Manager, after only situational questions, never asking me about my experience, or what I had to offer, or what the company had to offer, I was sent on my way, being told that I would receive a call, two or three weeks later I received a post card stating thanks but no thanks, two days after receiving the post card the same position was re-posted.

  3. Debbie P August 18, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    Oh, Shauna! I have felt your pain… While I was unemployed, I had an HR Director interview me and ask all of the tough questions like what is the criteria for doing an AAP and what does ADEA stand for… at least a 2 hour interview. Obviously, she was so impressed with my answers she recommended me for a final interview with the VP. I got to the interview with the VP, and she shook my hand and preceded to tell me she was sorry but I was not qualified for the position and I would be miserable if I took it- all of the team that I would manage would resent me- blah, blah, blah. She gave me her card and politely sent me out.

  4. J D Sherling August 18, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Shauna – you know I read all these articles written to advise job applicants on everything from appearance (usually on target) to thank you notes. As someone who has interviewed quite a few people for various positions in our company, I am amazed at how far removed some of the advice I see given to job applicants is from reality. But let me say this, I always personally call job applicants who were passed over to tell them the job has been filled. Personally, if a company acts like a jerk even before you are hired, you probably didn’t want to work there anyway. If you value how you are treated, and it appears you do, look for a company that will value you as a person. That should start within the hiring process. Best of luck to you.

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