Fighting Hire With Fire, Part 4

| Alberta, Canada | Working | February 24, 2013

(A guy walks into our road construction company’s office and approaches my receptionist desk. Note: our HR manager is busy giving an orientation.)

Guy: “Do you guys sell salt and sand here?”

Me: “Yes we do, but the fellow who deals with sand sales is out of the office right now. I could give you his cell number or email if you like?”

Guy: “Nah, that’s okay.”

(Instead of leaving, the guy stands in the entryway staring at me.)

Me: “Umm… is there something else?”

Guy: “Yeah, you guys hiring loader operators?”

Me: “Not at this time, I’m afraid. It’s still our slow season. We don’t expect to be hiring for another month or two, depending on the weather.”

Guy: “I’m a really good loaderman! You guys would be a lot better off with me.”

Me: “I’m sure we would; however, as I said, we have no availabilities at this time. If you’d like, you can drop off your resume with me, or email it to our HR so we have it on file for when we are looking.”

Guy: “Can I talk to your HR?”

Me: “She’s unavailable for the day, I’m afraid. But, like I said, I can pass on your resume to her or you can email it to her.”

Guy: “No, that’s okay. I’ll wait.”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but you will be waiting for a long time. She’s busy right up to office close today.”


(After 20 minutes of him standing in the same place, staring at me uncomfortably, I decide to call the Safety Manager who occasionally fills in for HR. I explain the situation and he comes up to talk to the guy.)

Safety Manager: “Hi, [my name] tells me you want to drop off your resume. I’d be happy to take it from you!”

Guy: *looks at me* “You said HR was a girl.”

Safety Manager: “I’m sorry but our HR is busy today. I’m filling in for her.”


(At this point, the safety manager looks at me like he’s at a loss and disappears to the orientation room, returning a few moments later with HR.)

HR Manager: “Hi, I’ve been told you have something important for me?”

Guy: “HERE!” *tosses his resume at her and leaves*

HR Manager: “What was that?!”

Me: “I’m so sorry…”


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