People not considering the results of their actions

United States
September 25, 2012 7:21pm CST
I am a human resources manager for a major retail store. We do a lot of seasonal hiring. It always starts this time of year and we heavily advertise. I attend job fairs and recruit from the local colleges. We have no shortage of applicants that are looking for a job. We always have people do stupid things that prevent them from getting a call back for an interview once they have applied. This guy calls today and says that he is having trouble with his application online. I tried to offer him some suggestions, but unfortunately our application software is through a third party and we have no control over it. He gets a bad attitude with me on the phone because I cannot fix his problem, only offer suggestions that might work. After he goes on a tirade he says, "May I speak to the HR manager?" I politely said, "You have been ranting at her for 10 minutes." It got really quiet on the other end of the phone for a second or two. He finally agrees to go try some of the suggestions that I made. Would you really want to go off on someone before you know who they are? Come to find out, he had called the store yesterday and spoke with another manager, who is also in on the hiring process and did the same thing to her. So what are his chances of being hired? Getting smaller and smaller by the day.
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11 responses
@GemmaR (8526)
26 Sep 12
I am guessing that the guy in question won't be getting a job from you then! It is a shame that he doesn't seem to think about the fact that ranting at you won't be having the best effect because at the end of the day it is going to be you who chooses who to give the job to at the end of the interview process. This is something that is a problem in every day life because there are a lot of people who just go ahead and do things without ever bothering to think about the types of effects that it might be having on other people.
• United States
26 Sep 12
Even if he had talked to one of our other associates that way and they relayed the same message to us, we would still feel the same way. Since you are supposed to be on your best behavior when trying to get a job, how would you act if you already had it and relaxed. Nope. This guy is not for us. Maybe he should try a completely different line of work, away from people.
@ARIES1973 (9533)
• Legaspi, Philippines
26 Sep 12
Hi tam! That very thing should also be thaught at school. What should and what should not be done when applying for a job. What to say and what not to say. Well, on the other hand, these people are old enough and they should act accordingly. Have a nice day!
• United States
26 Sep 12
I totally agree that there should be something taught in school about applying for a job, but this guy was a (judging from the sound of his voice) 30=ish. He is definitely old enough to have a little common sense
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
haha oh well people really can be arrogant at times, besides he is an applicant and even if he was talking with an hr assistant or at the receptionist, he should still be aware that he is just to apply for a job and it might be taken against him reacting in such a way. After all, it is going to reflect back at how his attitude is.
• United States
26 Sep 12
People dont realize when they apply, they are being screened from the time they submit that application until they complete the interview process.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
He is not yet an employee there and he dares to act like that. What would he be like if he were hired?! Reminds me of a site I love reading. You might find these stories funny and you could perhaps relate to them. Here's the link: (Not a referral link!) http://notalwaysright.com/mayonnaise-squirted-disaster-averted/23518
• United States
26 Sep 12
He wouldnt last if we did hire him.
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
With that kind of attitude, I don't think he would ever stay on a job for long, IF he even gets hired!
• United States
26 Sep 12
It goes to that first impression thing. He has managed to tick off two out of the three managers that do the hiring and it has to be a unanimous decision between the three. He would never be hired and if he did, I would give him a week before he quit. We dont play well with people who have bad attitudes.
• United States
26 Sep 12
yep....some people just don't get it. that's one thing i've always tried to get my kids to understand. just because you're on the phone, doesn't mean you'll never need to meet them face to face! always treat people the way you would people to treat you. mmmmmmm.......maybe a lot more politicians need to learn that lesson as well.
• United States
26 Sep 12
I would have loved to see his face when he realized he was ranting at the person that he needed to be the nicest too. Maybe I should call him in for an interview just so he can come face to face with both of us. I would love to see him go head to head with my boss. She is a pit bull!
@cbarnst (13)
• United States
26 Sep 12
Some people definitely don't look before they leap. I have a cousin that worked for the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and I've heard some interesting stories of some of the people that came to her for help. The situation you just described sounds almost exactly like a lot of the people she dealt with. Many of the people that came to her office couldn't follow the instructions for properly filing a claim, and would get mad at her when they didn't get what they wanted. Even after being spoon-fed instructions some people still can't figure out the procedure, and of course it's everyone else's fault.
• United States
26 Sep 12
I get some ridiculous phone calls and applications. I guess people just dont consider how they look on paper and on the phone. It isnt always about personal appearance.
@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 12
Now if that was me I'd be totally ashamed at myself, and would feel guilty of my actions and I certainly wouldn't have the audacity to apply after that tirade! With his bad attitude which employer would want him any how? If his attitude is like that imagine working with him? Jobs are in short supply as it is with this infuriating recession, you'd think he'd adopt a different manner, regardless of who he was talking to!
@lizrelox (144)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
lol. He made a big a mistake. He has no work ethics. For me I always believe that you should always respect others for you to be respected. Whatever you will do to someone will always be rewarded. Maybe that person is so frustrated to get a job or maybe he has really a bad attitude. I hope not.
@hereandthere (29682)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
i guess you could say he's got persistence when aiming for something since he tried again. where he went wrong is he employed the same tactic so of course he got the same result. if he finds out there's a 3rd manager, it's going to be real hard to overcome those 2 points already against him. maybe he's better suited in another industry so good riddance!
@lifes97 (885)
• United Arab Emirates
26 Sep 12
hi there the idea is that there are many people do things they do not think what will happen after that, some times because they are busy or they are in hurrry or so there are some reasons but some people are doing thing and used not to think so