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2:33 AM, Monday, January 14th, 2008:
If you had told me just a few hours ago that this story would actually have an ending that made perfect sense, allowed me to grow a bit, and eventually agree that this "wasn't a good fit" I would never have been able to figure out how that was possible. Believe it or not, he wrote back - and as much as I would love to post his letter here, he is quite unhappy, threatened to call the authorities if I ever tried to get in contact with him or come to the office, and sweet jesus do I believe him. LOL. The last thing I want to do is anger him more by posting his exact words. And if it wasn't for so many of you being invested in this ridiculous drama, I swear I would never write another word about it - but in the end, its a cool little life lesson that I actually think may help you. Probably more than all the other stuff on this site. So the end of the story:
Apparently, every single thing that I did the day of the interview, pissed him off. Everything about me rubbed him the wrong way. All of which is news to me because man, it was as cordial and relaxed as could be. I was comfortable in the interview, my friends introduced me to the people at the office, everyone was nice, it was a relaxed atmosphere, I was there early, had my tie and new khaki's on (actually old, but never worn 'cause I could never fit in them before) it was just exactly how you'd want to make an impression. However what I just described was everything he didn't like about me. He was upset that I was there "excessively early". I was very early. I left myself an hour to get there, made it in 20 minutes, but was told by my friend that CeBe S. was leaving a little early so I wanted to make sure I was able to say "hi". Hadn't seen him in close to a year and wanted to catch him before he left...
...which leads to the 2nd sore point which in a million years I never would've thought of, but will certainly never forget. I asked the receptionist if CeBe S. was in and she said yes and pointed me to where he was. It's a pretty small office with the 4 rooms open directly to the main lobby. Should not have listened to the receptionist as I was not to go in that room. This was seen as offensive to the manager (who was in his office the entire time, so only a "retelling" of this occurence could've offended him so much) and disruptive to the environment. CeBe S. introduced me to the people there, and we spoke about the loan business, and everyone I spoke to seemed great, one guy even asked me a few questions...nothing seemed out of place. Because of the closeness of the surroundings, I certainly didn't feel like I crossed any lines and again - the receptionist told me where to go. I just couldn't have assumed the reaction would be this sour but you'd better believe in the future I will never say anything past "I'm here for the interview". And honestly no matter how innocent my recollection is, the message RECEIVED is the only one that counts - and I certainly pissed off someone.
Next up, he said I was underdressed. Well, sumbitch. I thought I looked quite snazzy as everyone else was in jeans and I actually felt a little out of place to tell you the truth, but I always overdress for jobs like this. But there's no excuse here because if he felt I was underdressed, I was. If that's the message he received, than that's the one that counts. If I hadn't thought of my attire beforehand, I could beat myself up a bit - but I did, I chose it, and I have to accept that I made a mistake here.
Finally, and actually his first issue, was that my last few jobs I wasn't there for more than a year. It's funny, how do you put murder, bankruptcy and politics on a resume? With CBS, I'm not sure how you can express that a job is a "contract" job and therefore... not the same as other types? I signed separate 16 week contracts with CBS and that was all I was ever offered. This is not a bad thing, this is how the business works. When Friedman was let go, the new administration didn't continue Living Room Live, so there's no new contracts. And the loan officer gigs beforehand? I had gotten America's Got Talent and it was tough to juggle, but man when Taja was murdered it was time to go. That place was just a scary place to be. I even thought one of the co-workers was responsible. I was there for about a year on the dot. And before that - the place went out of business. They changed completely to cold-calling and then shut down. I guess I should put that on the resume? I've never worked at a place that went under before, so it's never occured to me to put that on a resume - but you'd better believe it's on there now. This will never happen again.
So now that you've taken it all in, just throw THAT out the window. Because none of this was an issue that day. That's why I was hired less than 2 days later. When he first met me I was in the lobby waiting and he shook my hand and actually thanked me for being early and mentioned that that was a good sign. Ironic huh? The interview went great, he asked me about my previous jobs and I told him about Friedman being let go and that leading me to where I was now, I explained how bad the last loan officer gig was as the mortgage industry was in meltdown - showed absolutely no issues with that. Had he communicated anything about my length of time at these places of course I would've gone into greater detail. But I assumed he had interviewed people in the Mortgage industry before. By 3 months at my first place I was 3rd in line for ALL-TIME seniority. Anyway, we had a great conversation and we were joking by the end of it. Afterwards I spoke with the other guy I knew, in front of him, and again - relaxed as can be. He now states in the email he had no intention of hiring me and my friends "professionally begged" for him to give me a shot? (sigh) That just doesn't hold a lot of water considering in the interview he asked me when I could start. So "no intention of hiring" is kind of hard to swallow. And as I said before, 2 days later I was hired... and then comes the moment: I call back to see what time the first day of training ends and a few hours after that they fire me with absolutely no explanation.
In his email he stated that he always tells every person he interviews that it's a 7 hour workday which was actually the moment I let out a huge sigh of relief as I knew this was one place where I would swear on Shizzle's grave that was never said. Talk about something that would stick out like a sore thumb! I've never heard of a 7 hour workday nor have I had a sales gig where it wasn't an 8 hour MINIMUM plus the extra hour for lunch and truth be told - you're really there 10-12 hours a day. 7 hour workday? Wow, nice gig. I should apply. Hahaha. So once I read that I felt much better as he clearly made a mistake there. Interesting that when I called and spoke to the lady about when the day was over she didn't know the exact time, yet he actually told me in the email if I had "done the math" I would've been able to figure it out. Ouch.
Forgetting all the specifics however, it's crystal clear that I rubbed him the wrong way. Well let me rephrase that, it's clear I rubbed someone in that building the wrong way and just from writing this entry it seems clear who that someone was. In fact when I came back on Friday the place was empty and the last salesman there actually pointed me to where the manager was and the receptionist didn't say a word. I even looked at her for some sign and she just glanced at the salesman and then turned away from me and continued to text into her blackberry. Did she know I was walking into a powder keg even though I knocked on the door? Ugh, who cares. Enough with the drama, I'm sure you see where this is heading...
Yeah, so this wasn't a good fit. Ha. If just being me rubbed him the wrong way that much, this would've blown up like the Godfatha sometime later today. Of course why he thought I would accept a voicemail saying the position was filled after they already hired me with NO explanation is a little odd. I mean isn't it Management 101 to give 3 reasons for firing someone? Hell, ANY reasons? I remember Jess as a manager having to do all SORTS of shit to even reprimand someone let alone fire them. Certainly you don't owe anyone an explanation if you don't hire them, but once you've made that call, it's a little disrespectful to act like it never happened. But as I said in the first paragraph, at least it makes sense to me now. This wasn't about one call asking what time the day was over, it was a plethora of things that he felt, or were portrayed to him, that just turned him off. That's completely cool...just LET ME KNOW THAT. You know? All of this would have completely been avoided with a simple email. I never would've written my stupid diatribe (that is completely justified when you have NO information and you're guessing) nor would I have had to come down there again to try to make sense of it. And here's the kicker: if you're not gonna email me the reasons, why don't you tell me once I made the trip down! Why would you ever just stare blankly at me and say "this isn't a good fit" knowing I had NO IDEA what lead to this? What's the purpose of that? Mind boggling. Oh well, the cool thing is now I'm able to learn from the situation whereas before I was as befuddled as all of you reading this.
So can we move on now? I'll fix my resume, never wear khakis and a tie and beware of all receptionists... and we'll all live happily ever after? Sound good?
Good. Now enjoy my random short film in honor of my first day of not working at the new job.