Advantages Erm, the chairs in the interview room were comfy
Disadvantages They didn't listen, keep me waiting, ignored what I wanted
Looking for a new job can be a stressful timeIt usually involves lying and cheating:
Pleb: Can I leave at 4pm today?
Boss man: Why?
Pleb: Oh, I have a dental appointment
Boss man: Okay, you can make it up in your lunch hours
Q: So, why do you want to leave your current job?
A: Shut your face you nosey git
B: My new manager is a total knob
C: I'm looking for a new challenge and broader experience
Escapee: Oh, a briefcase. That's erm...nice.
Prisoners: Well, y'know, swanky new highflying job and all that.
One of these agencies was Hay's Accountancy Personnel, part of the enormous Hays group. They claim to be the largest specialist accountancy agency in the country and at least market leaders in their other divisions. Frankly, the mind boggles how they managed this.Anyone who has ever dealt with an agency will know that they always want you to come in for an interview before they start searching for you. My first visit to Hays was a catalogue of disasters, not all Hay's fault.
To begin with I had new shoes on and had had to walk quite a distance across town to get to their offices resulting in bleeding blisters on the back of my feet. I had been asked if I was a racist during an interview at a Chinese accountancy practice earlier that day (then they offered me the job). It was tipping it down with rain and I only had a thin coat on and I had run out of change for the parking meter resulting
in having only one hour until I ran the risk of having my car clamped.
I made myself known to the receptionist who gave me a form to fill in:Me: I've already had one of these. I sent it to the consultant.
Hmmm, not a good sign, am I going to be waiting that long? Surely not. So I sit down and ignore the form, five minutes later I am bored so I fill out the form. Ten minutes later I am very bored so I draw pictures on the form. Fifteen minutes later I am bored and annoyed so I draw pictures of recruitment consultants being tortured on the form.I figured they had forgotten about me so I go back to reception. She promises to chase it up and takes the form from me (I've scribbled out the pictures). A couple of minutes later I am taken to a little interview room. 'Great' I think, 'now were getting somewhere.' I catch site of myself in the mirror and note what a state I look, just time to brush my hair and tidy myself up I thought.
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