Nowt As stange As Folk!

I’m always amazed at how true that saying is!


This week I’ve been interviewing over 50 people interested in a place on the next Growing Talent.  All have been assessed by their Job Centre Plus office.


All get the same information yet the interpretation of that information along with how to dress, and act when attending a meeting on a corporate site sees to be absorbed completely differently or ignored totally!


Some stick in my mind – and others especially our receptionists! – more than others


One chap was over 45 minutes late. and never called ahead despite having contact relevant details  When he arrived, he was very well presented but our receptionists were looking a little taken aback.  During our meeting – he chewed gum – one of my pet hates! and explained he was late because he came from Tottenham Court Road where he’d stayed with friends.  On realising that is only three underground stops from our location he quickly added he had to go home first and get his smart clothes.  At least he thought on his feet!


When asked what he liked to do socially ‘well man – I’m a real party animal – I love clubbing’ – not the smartest answer to give an employer!  After he left, the receptionists told me he’d asked if the client biscuits and bottles of juice were free – then proceeded to fill every pocket with them!  They had to re-stock!


Was he really stupid? or really clever?


I suspect the latter.  Acting like that, no employer will give him an opportunity so he can continue living on benefits without any sanction.  I wonder if he’ll feel the same way when he’s middle aged?





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