I was between jobs and had landed an interview for a company that was expanding. I met with an employee who was traveling (that employee later became my friend) for my first ‘interview’ which was more of a “i’m in the area, come by and let me tell you about the company”. She passed me up as acceptable.. then I had the phone interview with the evil —— director of operations and his sidekick yes man. The interview was brutal, they were aggressive, demanding, and for a professional IT consulting job.. very unprofessional.
They had the right product – in theory – and the right market.. but boy did they have the wrong attitude about selling. It was 100% boiler room hunter when they needed 10% hunter and 90% gatherer.
If I was independently wealthy and didn’t need a salary or healthcare.. then I would have walked.. But I did so I called my contact back. She asked how it went.. I lied through my teeth.
I wanted to say “they were brutal assholes and were completely unfocused on the right way to succeed”, I wanted to say they were “rude, evil, mean, and the most unprofessional individuals I have ever meet in my life”. But I didn’t. I needed money, healthcare, and a sense of accomplishment. I thought I should try and salvage the job so I responded “It was tough but fair”.
The experience at the company daily was similar to the interviewing experience.. The company is now out of business from mismanagement. Dozens of good people lost their jobs but the evil bastards abusing their employees every single day are also out of a job. I guess that is also tough but fair.