Getting a job sucks. I don’t mean having to work, I mean finding a job you think will prevent you from wanting to commit suicide every single day. The worst part of a job, aside from dealing with a myriad asshats on a daily basis, is going to be your boss. During your application process, you will undoubtedly have an interview with someone who will be your boss. They’re going to lie to you.
There are a lot of sites out there with a list of things employers will tell you when looking for a job. Those lists aren’t things which surprise anyone, so they’re mostly useless. Much like most people. What people need is a post of things your future boss will say to you during the hiring process which are full of absolute shit. Much like what your boss will be. Lucky for you, I have just such a list!
1. I can definitely work around your school schedule
100% absolute bullshit. Your employer isn’t hiring someone they need to work around, they are hiring someone to fill a position with specific requirements. The only way you’ll get hired is if you are close to the end of your semester and they only have to work around you for a few weeks to a month at most. After that, you can go ahead and turn in your updated schedule, but don’t expect for your boss to actually listen.
What is going to happen is you’ll be berated, belittled, and have your hours cut back so much it will be pointless for you to continue working there. Your boss was only willing to work around you when they thought you were going to be doing the same schedule until the end of time and/or you were going to be finished some time soon. Most bosses are stupid. They rise to their level of incompetence and that level is above you. There are exceptions to this rule, but they are far and few between.
No one wants to work around you when you are supposed to be helping with work.
2. I’m hiring you because you are the kind of person I can trust to let me know when I’m wrong
Oh, hell no. This should send up as many red flags you’ll be getting fucked in the ass against your will every ten minutes as a blind date with Robin Thicke. No one hires people to tell them they’re wrong. Your boss isn’t interested in new ways of doing things. They are interested in you doing what they say to do and usually only how they said to do it.
Who likes to be told they’re wrong? No one and your boss is no different. They may not rip you a new asshole right then and there, but your life is about to be made a living nightmare.
3. I’m looking forward to you providing new and interesting ideas
You have ideas? What will happen is you will come in with all these ideas, thinking this is what they want, and everything you come up with will instantly be ignored. Sure, they might “oooh” and “awe” over it, but things will never be implemented. Should your boss actually like your idea, don’t expect any kind of credit. Why would you get credit when they have to make it seem they should stay in their position while you are kept in yours?
4. I’m looking for someone who can become the next manager for the company
Managers are terrified of anyone who can do the job well because it makes them look even worse. Remember that people rise to their level of incompetency, and when you come across as competent, you will never advance. Never excel and you’ll exceed expectations.
When someone says they are looking for the next manager, what they mean is someone who does only what the policy says and things which are in no way company policy but they or the district manager says. District managers are even worse than a store manager in terms of being worthless, so keep that in mind. If you’re seen as someone who could possibly rise through hard work, dedication, and the real ability to do the job, you’re going to get fired.
No one wants someone to work for them who is better at the job all around.
5. I need someone who is a self starter and I don’t have to micromanage them
For most bosses, they love to micromanage. They’ll be on your butt ten times every minute about getting something done, only to pull you off of it and make you do something else. Lather, rinse, repeat…always repeat. I don’t get why…from the way I see it, they don’t have enough to do. Maybe it’s because they’re so incompetent they automatically assume everyone else is as well. If they couldn’t figure out how to do it without a rod up their ass, then you obviously can’t either.
As far as the “self starter” goes, you will never, ever, ever, never self start what they want you to do. No matter how important something seems or how badly something needs to be cleaned, the priority for your boss is different. Self starting means starting what the boss told you to do and not what you think you should do. You’ll always get in trouble for self starting something.
6. We all get along and like to have fun
*laughing uncontrollably* Okay…okay…*deep breath*…I’m…okay…*laughs uncontrollably again for the next fifteen minutes straight*
Phew…now that’s out of my system, let’s discuss this.
Your boss hates it when everyone gets along. Why? Because it’s easier for everyone to gang up against them and complain to the people who can do something about them. “Getting along” at the work site is not the same as getting along with people outside of it. When you’re told “…see people get along…” what they mean is you can work next to each other, saying as little as possible, not be actual friends inside nor, especially, outside of work, and not constantly ledge complaints against one another.
The moment people start to actually get along with each other, you can guarantee the next fake policy your boss comes up with is no one is supposed to be talking to each other while you work. Is it actually policy? Fuck no, but it’s a way of having power over everyone and making sure no one can get together against them. A group of people who get along is dangerous to them.
Having fun? Yeah, having fun means just doing your job, not making jokes, not complaining, and not talking to your co-workers outside of asking business related questions. Sometimes fun might include a pot luck or a pizza, but never laughing, smiling, or actually getting along. If you’re having fun, you obviously aren’t working hard enough and you’ll be punished with it by having more work given to you.
7. We appreciate hard work and reward it
Let me state the obvious: BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!
No one rewards your hard work and the only one who appreciates it is you. You’re expected to work hard, so there’s never a reward at the end of the murder tunnel. Even the bright light is stolen before you can even enjoy passing on. You’ll never reach Heaven and Hell is locked off to you. You’re stuck in that deep, dark, damp, murder tunnel until you turn mad and start helping destroying the souls of the next traveler.
Do you want to know what hard work actually is? It’s getting your work done just in time for it to be on time, and, most importantly, getting in as friends with your boss and their boss. That’s it…that’s hard work. You don’t have to be actually good at your current job to be rewarded. You just have to be in with the higher ups in order to get promoted to your level of incompetency, that way you can make everyone under you suffer. You’ll be their boss and you can pass all your work on to them while taking all the credit.
With me, it’s not too much different, except if you try to be my friend I’ll devour your soul without sending you into the murder tunnel. I hate fakers and can recognize talent. If I can reward you, then I will, but if not, then fuck off and keep doing your job.
8. We always have advancement opportunities
Do I really have to explain why this is bullshit? There are never advancement opportunities for the vast majority of employees regardless of ability unless they are in with the higher ups. Period
9. The salary is very competitive
Honestly, what this translates into is, “If you don’t like our offer, good luck somewhere else!” There is no competition when it comes to salary. The jobs all pay the same. If they offer you $12 an hour, the place down the street is going to offer you $12 an hour. Not one company is going to salary match, so don’t even bother. If the shop down the street wants to give you $22.50 when they’re offering $22.00, then go down the god damn street. Trust me, no one wants you to work for them that bad.
You aren’t going to get into a bidding war for your worthless ass. They’re going to hire someone who is willing to take the lower offer even if they aren’t going to be as good as you. Why? Because it’s cheaper for the company every paycheck. Why spend the money on talent when they can get cheap?
10. I’m a very laid back boss
When you hear this, the nuclear attack alarms should be going off in your brain. If you hear a female boss say this, your world is actually going to be filled with the biggest terrors you can’t even picture. Anyone who feels the need to say this is trying to put you into a false sense of security. Once you think everything is all good and calm, your boss will jump out of a closet while wielding dual kama, face painted in blood, a child’s severed head on his belt, while the lights flicker on and off and they scream, “NINJA!!!!!”
The kind of crazy exhibited with these kinds of bosses is on the high end of the bat-shit-crazy-scale. Generally they have random mood swings and are always (I do mean always) drinking a bottle of water. Often times you will see them routinely licking their lips like a crack fiend, too. Nothing good ever comes from that.
If you’re two minutes late, you’ll be screamed at. If you turn a project in a day early, they lose it, get in trouble, blame you, and you’ll be screamed at. They will forget you’re you and not the guy next to you, and you’ll be screamed at, then they’ll turn to the person they thought was you and calmly explain why something was wrong. In general, their attitude is this: Fuck you. Not everyone else, just you.
That should do it for now. Be expecting more entries as they are done. Yes, that makes sense, fuck you.