Needs A Recruiter Rebooter, Part 2

, , , , , , | Working | December 20, 2017

(I’m looking for a new job and I have made several applications in a job portal. Most jobs available are put up by companies hiring through recruitment agencies for anonymity. I receive several calls and in them, I explain that I am currently working and need some time to arrange for leave to go for interviews. Most recruiters understand this and give me sufficient time to arrange for leave. One recruiter, however, does not.)

Recruiter: “Hi, [My Name], congratulations! My client wants to see you tomorrow morning for an interview. Can I put you in for 11:00 am?”

Me: “[Recruiter], I’ve mentioned that I need time to arrange for leave or time off. It is now 5:55 pm and I’m off work in five minutes. My boss will never agree to let me take leave tomorrow morning.”

Recruiter: “What about 2:30 pm? I can tell the client that you’ll be in at 2:30 pm.”

Me: “[Recruiter], I can’t do that, either. My boss has a meeting in the morning and will only come in in the afternoon. I need to update him on all the ongoing projects.”

(While I am on my way home, the recruiter calls again.)

Recruiter: “[My Name], the client has specially opened another interview day for you the day after. Can you make it?”

(I check in the morning and manage to get permission for a half-day off. I receive a text from the recruiter one hour before the interview is scheduled, when I am halfway out the door.)

Recruiter: “I’m sorry, but the interviewer is down with fever. Today’s interview is cancelled. We will let you know when another interview can be scheduled.”

Me: “Noted; however, next week is not possible as my boss will be away the second half of the week, which means that I have to clear everything before he leaves. I’ve some submissions due by the end of the week, but I only have half the week to complete them, so my time is quite tight. When my boss is not around, he expects me to be in the office to hold the fort, so I cannot take leave then.”

Recruiter: “Noted.”

Me: “If the following week is too late for your client, then thanks for forwarding my resume to them for their consideration.”

(The following Monday…)

Recruiter: “[My Name], my client still wants to see you. Can you come down tomorrow? Any time you want.”

Me: “[Recruiter], I’ve already said that I cannot make it this week. If your client wants to see me, they have to wait until next week.”

Recruiter: “What about Wednesday?”

Me: “[Recruiter], forget it, then. Thanks.”

(On Friday, the recruiter messages again.)

Recruiter: “I just wanted to update you: the client will be going with other candidates, as they are looking for someone urgently and cannot afford to wait for you.”

(I receive a call on the Monday after.)

Recruiter: “[My Name], the client still wants to meet you. Any time tomorrow will be fine.”

Me: “I thought they didn’t want to see me as they needed staff urgently and couldn’t wait for me?”

Recruiter: “Well, only one person was shortlisted for the second interview.”

Me: “I think I’ll pass on this opportunity, thanks.”

Recruiter: “But they thought you were good! They want to see you, any time, at your convenience.”

Me: “[Recruiter], as I said, I need time to arrange for leave. I’m also arranged for another interview tomorrow, and took leave in the afternoon for that. I can’t possibility extend my leave last-minute. Anyway, thank you for your time.”

Recruiter: “But can’t you go over since you’re already taking leave?”

Me: “No, I took leave for this company I’m interviewing with because they gave me ample time to make arrangements. I’m not going to decrease my chances of getting a position at that company because I’m rushing to make it for another interview that I don’t have much interest in anymore.”

Recruiter: “What? Why?”

Me: “[Recruiter], it’s not like this is the first time; every single time, you want me to drop everything and rush over. Even if the timing is at my convenience, the day itself isn’t. I have made it clear over and over again that I am currently working and need time to arrange for leave or time off. It isn’t as if I didn’t tell you and then sprung this need for time to arrange my leave at the last minute. Frankly, if this is the way they do things over there, I don’t think I’ll be happy working there when I’m already encountering so many problems before I even go for an interview.”

Recruiter: “But, but, can you at least think it over? You have my number, right? So, you can text me tomorrow.”

(Ugh. I don’t know how many times I must say no, politely, before she gives up.)

You’re Failing At Tutoring

, , , , | Learning | December 7, 2017

(I work as a tutor at a tuition centre. Our main feature is that we offer personalised learning on a student level, as each student has a unique mindset and thinking style. Students can either come to one of the few centres or be taught at home. The price is higher to be taught at home, but they can skip the centre’s pre-lesson activities. The bulk of parents sending their kids to these centres are from the low to middle-class end of the income spectrum, because the big boss, having come from humble beginnings himself, offers huge discounts. This happens rather frequently to the receptionists, who speak the most with the parents.)

Receptionist: “So, you are unhappy that your child is not improving.”

Parent: “Yes! I didn’t pay such a high price and send him so far away from home just to get nothing!”

Receptionist: “According to what his subject coaches and the student said, he improved from Fs in his class tests to a high C in his post-break exam. That is quite an achievement.”

Parent: “Well, he should be getting As or at least top in his class!”

Receptionist: “Ma’am, that’s impossible. He was failing all of his tests before he started here. It is very unlikely that he can jump to an A. It takes time—”

Parent: “Ugh! You’re useless! Anyway, what’s with all these ‘pre-lesson’ activities? They don’t help my child learn at all!”

Receptionist: “Well, we can always skip those activities by having the coach come to your home—”

Parent: “Well, do it then!”

Receptionist: “—for another $75 a month to cover their transportation fees.”

Parent: “Well, I guess it’s fine if my child continues going here. Just do less of the pre-lesson what-nots!”

Boiling Orange Juice To Match Your Boiling Blood

, , , | Right | November 20, 2017

(I’m waiting tables at a restaurant and bar popular with foreign expatriates. I seat a middle-aged couple. One customer orders whiskey on the rocks, with ice, water, and soda all on the side. That makes four glasses for the one order, but this is fairly common behaviour from this demographic, so it’s fine. The other customer orders an orange juice without ice. This is also common, as people often believe they will receive more drink without it. In less than five minutes they receive everything, despite it being a busy Saturday evening.)

Customer: “You got the order wrong.”

Me: “What was left out? I’ll get it fixed for you immediately.”

Customer: “Are you stupid? I asked for the orange juice without ice; obviously, I want it warm.”

(We don’t keep any juice that isn’t chilled; after all, this is tropical Singapore, and who on earth drinks warm juice?)

Me: “I’ll see what I can do.”

Supervisor: “Tell her she has three options: we can nuke it in the microwave, steam it, or we’ll void it and she can keep the d*** juice if it’ll make her quiet.”

(I give her the options, and naturally she opts to have the drink for free. She does not, however, keep quiet or express gratitude for the free drink, and instead continues to insult me and my outlet for not having warm juice. As I walk back into the employee area, I launch into a string of obscenities over the comm-set and inform my manager I’ve had enough and need to chain-smoke for ten. Five minutes later…)

Manager: “[My Name], this customer is refusing to pay her entire bill; she claims you said they get their drinks for free all night as an apology. Can you come back in and talk to her?”

Me: “No; you know what to do. By the way, I’m clearing my half-an-hour break now, or I swear I just might find her some boiling hot orange juice.”

Manager: “Okay, you do that.”

Me: “Which one?”

Manager: “Both?”

(They ended up paying for everything.)

This Is What Happens When You Sniff Too Much Ammonia

, , , , , | Learning | November 17, 2017

(Because of a specific chemistry assessment, several students need to come in after school to do lab work.)

Classmate #1: *pouring solution* “Ugh, the ammonia smells.”

Classmate #2: “Don’t insult the ammonia. The ammonia has feelings, you know.

Classmate #3: “Ammonia was my best friend for a year.”

The Prices Are Not Going Down Under

, , , , | Right | October 19, 2017

(I am a customer in a nail salon in Singapore, along with another lady who’s Asian but not local.)

Lady: “I would like to remove the gel manicure and get a new one done.”

Manicurist: *in simple English because she’s from Vietnam* “To remove gel, $30. Classic mani at $26 and classic pedi at $36.”

Lady: “I’m sorry; I don’t understand you.”

Manicurist: “To remove gel is $30.”

Lady: “Why are you charging me so much? In Sydney, they don’t charge me to remove the gel, and for mani and pedi it’s only $65. I don’t understand; it’s dollar to dollar now. How come you need to charge me to remove the gel?”

Me: “This is how the service is here.”

Lady: “This is ridiculously expensive. I don’t understand. It’s dollar to dollar now. How come they are charging me so much compared to Sydney?”

Me: “Well, you’re not in Thailand or Indonesia, where their services are really cheap. At the same time, you’ll never know the quality rendered to you with that kind of price. Whereas here, their services are excellent and their products are good. I’m really happy with my service and I’ve been with them for many years now.”

Lady: “If I knew it was going to be this expensive, I would have done it in Sydney!”

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