Horror/Comedy Stories in Staffing!!!!!!

29 February 2008 at 6:42AM Leave a comment

Over on the Recruiting & Staffing forums on the Workforce Management Magazine site, someone today resurrected an old thread about the oddest or funniest moments in staffing. Here are a few good bits:

After sending this one guy to get a urinalysis drug screen. When the report came back, the good news was it was urine; the bad – it wasn’t human.

I hate it when that happens. Then there’s the one about an interesting stress response:

I was doing group interviews. There was a gal that came in and was filling out an application. She took over an hour to fill out the app. I had my back to her and all of a sudden I heard snoring. I looked at her and with pen in hand she had fallen dead asleep on the table. I first thought she was dead!!

Then comes this one from the agency side:

A guy showed up for the interview we set @ Ford. He was meeting my manager in the lobby and then my manager would direct the candidate into Ford’s Interview room where he would leave the candidate with Ford hiring personnel. He was a Controls Engineer who knew Telemecanique (real old and out of style) very well… Ford needed these engineers to train their current Controls Engineers how to work on these new hand-me-down Telemecanique PLCs… so my guy shows up wearing a button down untucked black shirt (top 2 buttons undone so his hair was sticking out of the shirt) with his long greasy black hair (like a rock star) and a pair of jeans (oh! and a gold horn for a necklace)… my boss said when he met the guy, he told him to clean himself up a little before meeting the managers (buttoning the shirt, tucking in, fix the hair a little, etc…) …well then my manager makes the intro and leaves the candidate there with the managers for the interview. He calls me RIGHT AWAY from the parking lot and yells at me for not telling the candidate how to dress.

Well, then Ford calls that afternoon with an offer (quickest offer to this day)… they said that they couldn’t afford to lose him! Well, 2 years later, my controls engineer is now a perm employee who has won so many awards from his group, that they are sending him to MI to meet with some of the big wigs… HA!

Then there’s the ones about woman who always fell off chairs, the guy in the slipping hairpiece, and the temp in crotchless pajama bottoms.

See the whole thing.


Entry filed under: Corporate, Interviewing, NotJobs.

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