- 4 years ago
Unfortunately I have been having trouble finding a job post-graduation and decided to set my sights lower for now.
I had an interview today at a retail location. When I met the manager of the location, she seemed friendly enough, until we got to her office that is.
She then started to rant about past employees, those she fired or those who left for better opportunities and other reasons. She seemed to have held grudges against them all and was bitter about each person. I initially assumed she was trying to send a signal that she wanted to only consider someone who was serious about the position and staying there.
I mean, I understand that, and I am serious about this position. I need the money, but if I do get an opportunity to move up or receive a better income elsewhere, I will go where I need to go. I am not cruel though and do not intend to just up and leave without reasonable notice… I think it’s a bit unfair to expect employees to stay when they can move forward.
However, I think she truly wasn’t saying these things to make me understand the seriousness and commitment she requires in an employee. I think she just outright disliked everyone.
She almost seemed neurotic about everyone’s performance and was even criticizing and pointing out certain employees to me, that were currently there. She specifically made a point to mention her dislike for blondes or “beautiful” employees. Her reasoning for this was that they grew up privileged and were lazy and what not. I was pretty flabbergasted by what she was saying, and found the conversation highly inappropriate for an interview. We were supposed to be discussing the position at hand. I really tried to steer the conversation towards my duties, the work environment, the infrastructure available to move from retail to corporate, etc…
I would say a good 70% of my interview was dedicated to her gossiping and talking shit about employees. She even made the comment on how I did not seem to be lazy because I was not too beautiful, and she could understand that I was trying hard to get somewhere in life. Where her assumptions came from, I dunno… but the comment still stung.
On one hand, I really need the money and would love to get in to the company, as it is a good business, and they hire from within…. But this manager is really weird, and I am worried that she’ll fire me over a trivial thing.
Gosh… any advice?