Okay, so that interview was depressing.
The building is in this shady part of town. It’s not in too bad of shape, but the inside was very cramped.
It is common knowledge that call centers have rows and rows of tiny cubicles because the employees really only need a phone and computer, so I was kind of expecting that.
But this one was beyond ridiculous.
They were interviewing about 10 of us during this block of time, but first we had to fill out applications in the break room (working around folks trying to eat their lunches) and the hallway (where there was a lack of chairs and hard surfaces on which to write).
And the people I encountered were just as… interesting.
While in the tiny break room I learned that one of the guys actually had to weigh out the decision between coming in for the interview and staying home to watch the NCAA basketball game. Another guy (who sounded like he was stoned) just up and quit his last job and was looking for a new source of beer money. We had to fill out approval forms for background checks and two girls were joking that they shared the same “previous address” since they stayed at the same halfway house. They at least wanted to hang onto this job for 4 months so that they could go back to qualifying for unemployment.
While I was filling out my form, Beer Money was called in for his interview and actually came back with a “new hire” form to fill out.
When I went in for my interview I learned that one of this company’s strategies for conjuring up business is that they have a 1-800 number that is similar to their competitors… so most of their calls are “wrong numbers” and they try to sell these unsuspecting people their product. Ugh, that sounds so shady to me. He didn’t say anything like “oh, we believe that our product is the best because ___________ and we want to share it with others.”
All in all, the whole experience just left a bad taste in my mouth.
I know that I wouldn’t be happy working there, but I was a little upset that Beer Money got hired on the spot, while all I got was a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” from the interviewer.
Maybe the interviewer saw me cringe when I heard about their marketing strategy…
Either way, it’s back to the drawing board.