Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Waste of Time and Energy...Or Not?

About an hour into our trip last Monday, I recieved a phone call from a company wanting me to come interview. I couldn't hear part of what the lady was saying and I was having a hard time concentrating on the conversation anyway. I did get some of it. The company is a marketing company and a girl that I know recommended me for a position. It is a full time, work from home starting at $15.00/hour. The pay rate is a base rate and is not dependent on sales. While piecing this information together while my cell phone is cutting in and out, I made an appointment for an interview. I wasn't excited about the interview then and for some reason, I never did get excited. Maybe it was the fact that I didn't have any idea who this company was. Or it could have been that my mind was elsewhere at the time. Whatever the reason, I wasn't excited...and I wasn't excited today when I left to go to the interview.

I left for the interview in plenty of time to find the building. I had looked up the address on mapquest to see where it was approximately to make it a little easier to find. Yeah right. I drove around for at least 15 minutes trying to find the place. I finally realized it was a dodgy looking old apartment complex that is now being used as offices. The name of the place I was supposed to be going to wasn't even on the marque.

I ended up just chosing one of the entrances and walking around. The place was completely creepy and I felt like I was in The Shining. There were tons of vacant "offices" and most of the ones that were occupied didn't have signs saying what they were. I walked all around the first and second floors and didn't find what I was looking for. I also didn't see a single person. I just kept thinking that this was weird and I should just leave but couldn't bring myself to for some reason.

I finally went back out to my car and called the lady to see where the office was. She directed me to the place and I finally made it...at 1:00 on the dot. I was supposed to be 15 minutes early so I could fill out an application. I walked in the door and there were about 10 people sitting in the lobby waiting for interviews which I wasn't expecting. There was a greeter there and after I told him my name he said "You should have been here 10 minutes ago." I found that completely rude, but I was later than they told me to be so I guess I deserved it. He then told me to fill out an application and to hurry as fast as I could because I needed to be in the interview right then.

I started to fill out the application and the rude guy came back up to me before I had gotten very far and said I needed to go to the interview right then. They couldn't wait on me to fill out the application. Okaaaaaaay. He points to a door that has no name plate or window and I wonder if I am going to be eaten by a lion if I open it.

I walked in and the man introduces himself. He then fills out the "pertinent" information on the undone application that I handed him. He then says that they are looking for someone who is punctual and a few other words that I can't remember. I only remember the punctual because I was later than they wanted me to be. He then asks me to give him one word that my friends and family would use to describe me. I hate that question. Plus, I was already frazzled from not being able to find the place. I said "kind to everyone." Ha! My friends and family wouldn't use that to describe me.

I was in the "interview" for all of two minutes. The man said that he was only prescreening and that I seemed like a person they would like to hire. He asked if I could stay for a second interview. Russ was at home with Chloe and he needed to go to work and so I couldn't. He said I could call and schedule an interview when I found out when I could come. It has to be at 2:00 p.m. so this limits me.

I don't know what to do. I want to just forget about it and move on. On the other hand since I was recommended by a girl I know (I'm assuming she is working for them), it pays well and it is a work from home position, I feel like I should pursue it and see what happens. Russ thinks I should forget about it because he has been burned by places like that too many times. I just don't know what to do. I'm probably going to end up scheduling the second interview for Thursday if they will still let me. Since I didn't call back today I don't know if they will or not. Though, he never said I had to call back today. I just figure it would have been better if I had.
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Jackie. said...

This sounds frustrating. I'm sorry that you had such a bad time.

I think that in our rough economic climate, it's more important than ever to understand the company that you are thinking about working for and how they are doing financially. You just don't want to find yourself job-hunting because they fail, and you will be even more vulnerable since you will not have seniority. Job hunts are expected to take 9-12 months right now and that uncertainty sounds pretty scary.

Sorry about the ill-timed, didn't- really-ask-for-it advice, but the more I read about economy....

Melissa said...

I got the same call. I was told it wasn't a work from home position though, which is something I asked right away. It was a very strange phone call. She just called up saying I was recommended for a job and when could I set up a time to interview. I was like, what are you talking about lady? Why company is this (she never told me) what job is it for again, who recommended me. It was just a very rushed called and reminded me of being a con job...so I didn't bother setting one up. Plus, like I said, she told me it wasn't work from home, which is impossible to do. Maybe you can ask the person who was recommending us about it.

Misty Dawn said...

I have to say, Forget about it! This job doesn't seem like its going to be worth it. If they are that upset with you this early on....seems like a waste of time.

You'll find a job that is right for you. ((HUGS))

elephantscanremember said...

I think all you can do is pray about it. On the whole, it does seem like a good deal, but if you've been burned in the past and aren't comfortable with this, don't force it.

God knows all about it.

(I got the skeevies just reading about it!)

Chelley N said...

I think I would steer clear of that. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Also, just because you are working from home doesn't mean that you will have quality time with CJ... you may have to work 50 or 60 hours a week.