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Worst Boss Stories – The Top 15

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We dared to ask and you were brave enough to tell! We received loads of bad boss stories — some sort of funny, some just plain sad. Here are 15 of our favorites…

Stingy Supervisors

1. I worked for a doctor who was so cheap he wouldn’t even buy the office a pack of highlighters. When we needed office supplies he would tell us to call the drug company reps and ask them for supplies. It was humiliating to have to ask a drug rep to go to the store and get us a pack of highlighters. He once wrangled 6 free staplers from a rep when we didn’t even need staplers. They just sat on the shelf unused. He also liked the free luncheons they would provide and hounded us to schedule at least one free lunch a week for him. – Amber F.

2. I was working at a restaurant and the boss also the owner was so cheap he demanded that when we got a drink of water we were told not to throw the cup away because it only had water in it to reuse it for customers. – Cynthia C.

Deceptive Mis-Directors

3. My 1st job out of college, my boss made me do all sorts of personal work for her – Christmas cards, party invitations, etc. She was having a big party in her Park Ave. apartment & invited me. I told her that my then fiance would be in town & would it be ok if he joined us. She said that would be fine. I should have been suspicious when she said how pretty my white blouse & black skirt looked on me & would I please wear it to her party. When we got to her apartment, I asked her what I could do to help & she introduced me to the caterer as the waitress & showed my fiance, an attorney btw, to the bar where he would be working! – Erin

4. On Administrative Professionals’ Day (formerly Secretarys Day) all of the support staff got taken out to lunch by their bosses. My boss told me to make sure to save my lunch hour for her because she needed my help with something. I thought maybe just maybe she was going to surprise me by taking me to lunch to celebrate the occasion and thank me for all of my hard work. Even when we pulled up in front of her house I thought she may have fixed a nice lunch at her place. Nope, she just needed me to help her put flea collars on all six of her cats. – Nancy

Sadistic Superiors

5. I was the assistant to this woman at a manufacturing company. She never spoke in a normal voice – she yelled about everything! She threw a stapler at me once for stapling her papers in the top left corner, as she liked it at the top/center – and she missed my head by an inch! She called me a stupid idiot for clipping a stack of papers with the colored binder clips, as she only liked the black ones. – LuckyStrike101

6. I had a boss who used to stand by the clock. So I, along with all of my co-workers, needed to be at work at 8:00 AM sharp. And he would stand there and watch people file into the office. Now we all would panic because he would also, watch the second hand as it counted down. I dreaded being at the end of the line because as soon as the clock turned to 8:01 AM you were considered late! And if it happened more than a couple of times he would send you home without pay for that day. – Phyllis

7. My ex-”New Boss” was an egotistical, maniacal, idiot with an “Inferiority complex!” We both had the same “first name” yet he never seemed to be able to remember mine! He once forced two of his Managers to take their shoes off and place them on the wrong feet to make a point about having the wrong people in the wrong assignments! He did this in front of Associates, humiliating the Managers and causing them to lose their Associate’s respect. – MADDOG

Clueless Commanders

8. My worst boss owned a printing company. He was trying to attract a new client. The client was a catholic seminary. The day before the client visit, my boss hung up crosses all over the company from the front door to the bathrooms. – Karen C

9. When I was working in a photo lab, my boss hired a guy who was COLOR BLIND to do color corrections in photos. After having numerous customers bring their pictures back because they were wrong, I decided to inform my boss about the situation. She told me that I was putting him down to build myself up. – Sharon T.

Anti-Social Administrators

10. My worst boss was actually a really nice guy. Unfortunately he had horrible people skills. There were less than ten people in the company. I was his second in command. But throughout the entire 11 years that we worked together, he never once managed to say my name right. Every chance that I got I would try to introduce myself to others in front of him so that he could hear the correct pronunciation of my name, which is not that difficult. But the next time that he would introduce me, he would always have to sort of mumble my name to them because he wasn’t sure how to say it. – Rhonda

11. I was the assistant to the administrative officer of a sponsored research lab at a leading university. You would be having a conversation with her about something and suddenly she would ‘snap’ and her facial expression would change, she would lock eyes with you, and her voice would drop very low. All of us in the office figured she was simply ‘crazy’. Then, once in a meeting, she let it slip that she had learned this technique in obedience class with her dog. She first used it on a professor with whom she had trouble communicating. That she found it to be an effective ‘tool’ in managing people. – RandomVariable

 Heartless Heads

12. When my grandmother died, he forced me to provide him with a copy of her death certificate and proof that she was indeed my grandmother before he would grant me time off to attend her funeral. When my grandfather died a month later, he refused to let me go to the funeral because he said I couldn’t pull “that trick” again. – Pam

13. My boss had his 80+ Mother-in-law working for him as his accounts payable employee so that he wouldn’t have to just give her money to live on…she had no income! His MIL was in his office upstairs from mine, he calls my name very loudly and I ran up stairs. He was talking to his wife on his cell phone. Without hanging up from his wife he says to me, “Would you mind giving her the Heimlich manuever, she can’t breath.” He then turns away from us and continues his conversation. I left his employ not long after that when he had me plunge the toilet that his elderly father had stopped up as soon as he got to the office! – Alta G.

LowLife Leaders

14. The worst Boss we have installed microphones (bugs) in our cubicles so he could listen in, when we figure out the hidden microphones we started talking in codes or tune in a small radio and tune it to all talk station this drove him nut’s, he took the radio away but we still talk in codes till he got fired for being drunk on the job. (Yeah) – Jimi

15. The worst boss that I ever had was when I was about 21 my brother and I worked for an wealthy owner of many service stations. One day we were reviewing our paycheck stubs an saw large deductions being taken for missing tools and equipment. We approached the owner and asked what they were for. He replied that certain equipment was taken and we were all to share the expense. Being young and needing a job you accepted the result. One night we were working late and saw the owner loading specific equipment into his truck and to our surprise we were billed for that equipment. We then walked of the job site and quit. A few years later we read in the paper of his arrest for tax evasion, theft, etc, etc, etc. – Mike

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Say What? – Real, Funny Interview Answers

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So you really think hiring is an easy job…

Every now and then, we hear some funny stories related to the hiring process. We think you will agree that these tales are well worth sharing. If you think you’ve heard it all, read on…

I interviewed a gentleman for a television field technician position. His background did not reflect any type of experience in electronics or televisions. I asked him if he had ever taken the back off of a TV and actually seen the inside.

His response was this, “Are you kidding? It’s dangerous back there!” Needless to say, he did not get the position.

I once asked a candidate if there was anything he did not like to do, expecting an answer related to the computer programming position he was applying for. After much debate, he answered, “I don’t like to clean my bathtub.”

Upon assisting in viewing some applications for warehouse assistants on a previous job, I came across an interesting response. Under the ethnic race section, the applicant checked the “other” box and had written in Human. A very unique answer indeed. That individual was hired for the position.

I was hiring for a collector position and received a resume with the following as the candidate’s Goals and Objectives:

“I want to be successful as everyone does, but I want to kick it up a knotch (his misspell) and be VERY successful and become #1 in everything when it comes to professional, family, and personal way of life.”

You want to be VERY successful? Why didn’t you tell me before? What a novel goal in life. Does Emeril know you are using his phrase? Thanks for your time — next!

When a prospective employee tested positive for his drug screen, we called him to inform him that he was not eligible for hire. His response was, “I smoked pot three weeks ago at a party and didn’t think it would show, but now it should be OK. Can I take it again?”

We had a gentleman come in one day and fill out an application for employment. When he reached the part of the application asking, “Have you ever committed a crime? If yes, please explain,” he responded with the following answer: “Yes — a Mr. Meanor.” Needless to say, it was the highlight of our day.

As an HR manager, I was reviewing an application for a construction worker. Under “Ever convicted of a felony?” the applicant wrote “Breaking and entering.” Under “Any other special skills?” Applicant wrote “Good with hand tools.” No kidding.

 

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What Is The Best Day of The Week To Recruit Candidates?

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Employers spend a lot of time and money on preparing and then subsequently marketing to candidates by posting on jobs boards and sharing on social networks. There is a large degree of guess work to this process, that is we post or share our positions and hope for a good response. Of course, on many occasions, response rate are lower than expected.

Fortunately, there are quite a few analysts out there who have studied job postings and their subsequent responses and worked out what the optimal recruiting posting/sharing times are to maximize response rates. And you can find these studies below.

Early in the week

Research from a global jobs distributor tells us that Wednesday is the day of the week when job hunters are at their most active and are most responsive to job advertisements and discussing your openings. Key findings of the survey were:

  • 17.5% of candidate activity took place on Monday
  • 17.8% on Tuesday
  • 18.1% on Wednesday,
  • 16.8% of candidate activity occurring on Thursday
  • 12.3% of candidate activity occurring on Friday.

The peak job engagement time was between 11.00am to 1.00pm and between 4.00pm and 5.00pm, so the advice here is to reach out early in the week for maximum effect.

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If You Can Answer These Crazy Interview Questions, You’re Hired!

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Can you answer these oddball interview questions?

Procter & Gamble: Sell me an invisible pen.

Facebook: Twenty five racehorses, no stopwatch, five tracks. Figure out the top three fastest horses in the fewest number of races.

Citigroup: What is your strategy at table tennis?

Google: You are climbing a staircase. Each time you can either take one step or two. The staircase has n steps. In how many distinct ways can you climb the staircase?

Capital One: How do you evaluate Subway’s five-foot long sub policy?

Gryphon Scientific: How many cocktail umbrellas are there in a given time in the United States?

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Would you be okay hearing “no” from seven out of 10 customers.

Goldman Sachs: Suppose you had eight identical balls. One of them is slightly heavier and you are given a balance scale. What’s the fewest number of times you have to use the scale to find the heavier ball?

Towers Watson: Estimate how many planes are there in the sky.

Lubin Lawrence: If you could describe Hershey, Godiva and Dove chocolate as people, how would you describe them?

Pottery Barn: If I was a genie and could give you your dream job, what and where would it be?

Kiewit Corp.: What did you play with as a child?

VWR International: How would you market a telescope in 1750 when no one knows about orbits, moons etc.

Diageo North America: If you walk into a liquor store to count the unsold bottles, but the clerk is screaming at you to leave, what do you do?

Brown & Brown Insurance: How would you rate your life on a scale of 1 to 10?

Jane Street Capital: What is the smallest number divisible by 225 that consists of all 1′s and 0′s?

UBS: If we were playing Russian roulette and had one bullet, I randomly spun the chamber and fired but nothing was fired. Would you rather fire the gun again or respin the chamber and then fire on your turn?

Merrill Lynch: Tell me about your life from kindergarten onwards.

Susquehanna International Group: Five guys, all of different ages, enter a bar and take a seat at a round table. What is the probability that they are seated in ascending order of age?

 

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