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This Really Happened

Input personal information.  Check.

Input educational history.  Check.

Input employment history.  Check.

Uh, what?

Let’s look at that a little closer.  (Sorry it’s blurry; I enlarged it.)

What kind of question is this?  Are they trying to weed out spam applications?  (Do those even exist?)  Or are they just weeding out people who aren’t game?  Are they looking for somebody who is brimming with positivity and creativity and willing to sound really stupid to get a job?  The fact is, I’m not game.  Maybe if I hadn’t already been doing applications for three hours at this point.  Maybe, but probably not.  At the risk of sounding like someone who needs to be punched, I care too much about literature to compose some stupid “Ode to the Records Office” or “Thoughts Upon Teaching Undergrads to Write Persuasively.”  I also will not paint a picture, compose a symphony, or choreograph an interpretive dance.

Just somebody hire me to answer your phones already!

  1. The Godmother
    June 27, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I totally believe this! I picked up an app at the local UPS Store which consisted of one page of personal information, educational acchievements, and work experience..the other 4 pages – two-sided none-the-less – where all “touchy-feely” questions…”describe your most satisfying job”; “what would you do in a situation where you could not work with an irate co-worker”; what high school teacher influenced you the most (Hey, im 61!!!); and so on….Needless to say, I decided this would be way more work than being the counter worker at the store! Defunct file!!!
    Love ya!

  2. June 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Is that the one where they ask you “I believe that stealing is sometimes justified, yes or no?” If so, I’ve filled that one out plenty of times, too! There’s gotta be an easier way to weed out the sociopaths.

  3. The Godmother
    June 29, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I’m pretty sure that was one of the questions or essays they requested….jut unbelieveable for a cashier position! Is it weeding out the sociopaths or the company’s way of becoming your career counselor??? Either way, it sucks!

  1. July 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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