Has it been that long that this sort of behavior has become acceptable in the workplace?
I write this post having just tasted this first hand. Please weigh in below and let me know if I overreacted in your opinion. Thanks!
If you run a business this is NEVER okay. Serious, there is no excuse for this kind of behavior.
As a quick backstory, I recently put my resume up on the career center website for the business school at my alma mater to see if there were any great companies that would contact me for a sales position. The mental conversation about being an entrepreneur and business owner versus being an employee is one I struggle with from time to time as I sometimes miss the rush of sales and the camaraderie of being part of a team.
Sure enough, last Friday I got my first call back so I setup a job interview for this afternoon.
Being self-employed the last couple years, it has been a while since I have had a job interview so I was even more thorough than usual as I went through the standard procedures of industry and company research as well as identifying opportunities where I feel I could add value to the firm, both now and in the future. I also had a laundry list of questions ready for the interviewer.
In my research, I was thoroughly impressed by the credentials and numerous accolades of the prestigious firm I was interviewing at. Their annual growth rates over the last 10 years were incredible averaging double digits for the decade. Beyond that, they boasted award winning customer service, recognized both locally and nationally by numerous reputable publications and media outlets for their success and growth.
You get the idea.
On paper everything looked good, and I was ready to throw my hat back in the sales and business development world and see what happens.
Fast forward to today.
I arrived for my interview about 10 minutes early and walked in to see an empty front desk where I would normally expect to see a secretary. Unsure where to sit and wait or walk in, I proceeded into the office, which initially appeared vacant. After walking down a relatively long hallway with offices on both sides, I noticed a gentleman in the “corner office” at the end of the hall, so I headed in that direction.
While I was still a good 20 paces aways, I hear “Go wait in the conference room,” out of the corner offer. Next stop….conference room.
As I sat in the conference room I was in good company, surrounded by countless awards and news articles celebrating the success, customer service and growth of the firm.
Here is a quick timeline of the next 30 minutes:
- Getting Around the Right People (Eagles vs Turkeys)
- Here is a great article and video from Clayton Christensen called, “How Will You Measure Your Life?” Definitely worth checking out http://hbr.org/2010/07/how-will-you-measure-your-life/ar/pr