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conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 6,576 Admiral
Almost 40 years ago, I interviewed with the owner of a seawall company. After a basic set of questions he asked to feel my hands.
I was thinking....**** but I let him. He was checking for callouses to see if I had hard work experience. I passed the test and was hired but what a pain that job was.

 I was a laborer/diver and I remember some winter mornings when it was in the low 50's he would pull up to the job site in his Cadillac. With the windows up and the heater running and he would get on his CB radio that had a PA system and yell out "get the water work done". This involved sealing the joints between the T piling and the seawall slabs among other things. The guys on top would mix a homemade hydraulic cement cannon ball and drop it to you in the water and then you had to dive down and peel mud of it and seal the joints. 

Worse part about that job was many days you didn't know what starting time was. It could be 6:00am or up to 9:00am depending on tides and location. Back then, I couldn't afford a telephone line so I had to get up at 5:00am and walk a block to a payphone and call in to a answering machine to find out the start time. I can laugh now but it wasn't fun then.
 My how times have changed.

“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway

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  • Bimini_TwistedBimini_Twisted TampaPosts: 1,784 Captain
    Had to prove I had very steady hands needed for soldering tiny wires in electronics. Glad I didn't have the shakes or have too much coffee that day.

    There are some things you can't BS your way through.
  • cadmancadman Home of the Gators Posts: 31,616 AG
    Not sure if a strange interview, but many years ago I met my future boss at his country club and got interviewed while having a few drinks. Oddest place I ever had an interview. Great guy to work for.

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    I am just here for my amusement. 

  • spanglerspangler daBurgPosts: 2,709 Captain
    Not me, or an interview, but Conchy's story reminds me of my friend's first day working for a dock builder.  He was told "If you fall in the water, you're fired.  If you hurt yourself, you're trespassing." :D
    There will never be a really free and enlightened state until the state comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived.
  • bocapup1bocapup1 Posts: 1,119 Officer
    Conchydong I do that exact job today and boy don’t forget about number 8 steel!
    make a man out of you for sure
  • pottydocpottydoc The thriving metropolis of Umatilla Posts: 3,911 Captain
    I interviewed for job on a bandit boat right out of highschool. Walked in the boat, introduced myself to the captain. He asked me if I got seasick, I said no. He asked me if I minded being at sea for several days at a time. I said no. He told me to go home, get some extra clothes, and be back in a hour. 

  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 11,817 AG
    cadman said:
    Not sure if a strange interview, but many years ago I met my future boss at his country club and got interviewed while having a few drinks. Oddest place I ever had an interview. Great guy to work for.
    Similar experience for me with my current job.  IT executive called me out of the blue and told me about the job in Tampa and asked if I'd be interested.  Said sure.  He set up a meeting in the hotel bar at the Orlando airport.  Had a few beers and they mostly showed me code and told me about the company.  A few days later one of the developers did a screen share with me and looked at my code briefly and then proceeded to show me their code. Easiest job interview I ever had.

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  • AC ManAC Man Posts: 6,115 Admiral
    pottydoc said:
    I interviewed for job on a bandit boat right out of highschool. Walked in the boat, introduced myself to the captain. He asked me if I got seasick, I said no. He asked me if I minded being at sea for several days at a time. I said no. He told me to go home, get some extra clothes, and be back in a hour. 

    Ok , what am I missing about the strange part?
  • AC ManAC Man Posts: 6,115 Admiral
    Thank God I've never had a job interview. Started working for my dad as a teenager, worked there many years till he sold the business. I work for the new owner for about 4 years and then was hired by another contractor that I knew without an interview. Work there till I open my own business and moved Ocala from South Florida. Wouldn't trade it for anything except I probably could have made 10 * more money if I had stayed in Fort Lauderdale. The opportunities I had were numerous but I've decided to move my family 2 Ocala and settle down. No regrets living in the country with the family.
  • Gary SGary S Posts: 2,110 Captain
    Started to move to volusia county in 2007, had a interview with school system for A/C job. They asked what was the last thing I did for myself. I told them I hoped it was working for them.  I was called for a second interview but thankfully a friend at work opened my eyes and I stayed where I was for  5 more years until I retired. 
  • Gary SGary S Posts: 2,110 Captain
    When I interviewed for my school board job in 1974 a friend had showed up where I was going to night school for air conditioning. He started mixing rum and cokes and handed them in through the window. Long story short I had my interview with the worst hangover I have ever had in my life. Got the job but the day wasn't over until I went down town and got fingerprinted and my nuts squeezed. 
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 7,819 Moderator
    At a much younger age, I stopped by a construction site to see what they had. When I walked in the 2 guys there said, "What's your name?"  "How old are you?" They looked at each and one said, "Well, he's intelligent and he's vertical."

    "They hired me on the spot as a "hod carrier". 

    I lasted one day. 

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

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  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 11,419 AG
    late 80's got a call from a High Liner commercial capt in Marathon asking if I wanted to crew on his boat, I said yes, he said see you tomorrow.
    I drove 7 hours down the next day and found him at a local bar, He bought me a beer and told me to go down to the boat and if his two other crewmen were there, fire them, if they weren't there, throw all their stuff off the boat and lock it up.
    I was up for anything back then so off I went.
    They weren't there and didn't show while I took their belongings off the boat but I was nervous as hell.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • Big MakBig Mak Posts: 3,363 Captain
    Brass balls, Art... I've done the same but I was already running the show when I did it, not a new deckie.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 11,419 AG
    edited May 18 #15
    Big Mak said:
    Brass balls, Art... I've done the same but I was already running the show when I did it, not a new deckie.
    I had worked for/with some of that captains family so he already knew...
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • gogittumgogittum SW New MexicoPosts: 471 Deckhand
    After I got out of the Navy, I worked at several basic laboring jobs including apprentice carpet layer, then went thru an experimental Scuba Diving Instructor class.  I certified as a NAUI instructor in 1969 and soon after heard about a position open for an instructor at a sporting goods store in Los Angeles.

    When I got there I was intimidated - it was a BIG store, with skiing, tennis, backpacking, etc., etc.  Turned out the position was for store manager as well as instructor.  HoooBoy.  I had Zero experience at anything like that, but I wanted it so bad by then I could taste it.  I had been working as a carpet layer for 5 years prior to that and desperately wanted to get off the floors.  This looked like Nirvana.

    The owner was a laid back, pleasant - very sharp - guy and we had a good interview, then I went home to wait for his decision.  Was I in or not ??  It was hard to focus on the knee kicker and stretcher.  4 days later I hadn't heard and wasn't sure how hard to push, but gritted my teeth and called him.  "Where have you been," he asked ??  "I need you here, now."  Phoooo......"you didn't say I had the job," I said. 

    "Well, you've got it," he said, "we open at 9:00 AM."  Man, did I ever grow into loving that job...7th heaven...but it were an enormous education, too.  
  • LimeyLimey Posts: 532 Officer
    At a much younger age, I stopped by a construction site to see what they had. When I walked in the 2 guys there said, "What's your name?"  "How old are you?" They looked at each and one said, "Well, he's intelligent and he's vertical."

    "They hired me on the spot as a "hod carrier". 

    I lasted one day. 
    Hod carrier was my first job. When I came home from school at 15 and told dad I was expelled he took me across the street the next morning and I went straight to work.
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  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 7,666 Admiral
    I got Fired from a job and a week later they called me back.
    I told them the Old Wage was $ 25 bucks an hour...The New Wage is $ 40 an hour.
    Started the next day..
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • tom waxelbaumtom waxelbaum Posts: 255 Deckhand
    I went to Asheville to pump concrete for a new Ga Tech graduate that got a contract to pour a deck on the civic center parking deck. I was 16 and had my cousins Vietnam war jungle boots to protect my feet. My job was to keep the flexible end of the concrete pump (12') moving over the rebar and grade blocks while hundreds of pounds of concrete was pouring out constantly. The mud ate holes in the toe of my leather boots until my socks were hanging out. The contractor never paid my ****.
  • tagtag Posts: 8,895 Admiral
    I once interviewed 4 prospective employees for a high level position. All 4 were qualified on paper. I asked a paragraph long nonsensical question. Three tried to BS an answer the 4th told me straight up the question was nonsense. He got the job. 
  • Ron38SpecialRon38Special S FloridaPosts: 65 Deckhand
    LOL,

    You dock workers and Divers. I used to have a face mask that was painted black on the inside so you couldn't see out of it. I would throw a threaded rod in the water and ask the guy to go retrieve it. If he found it he was hired!
  • pottydocpottydoc The thriving metropolis of Umatilla Posts: 3,911 Captain
    edited May 19 #23
    AC Man said:
    pottydoc said:
    I interviewed for job on a bandit boat right out of highschool. Walked in the boat, introduced myself to the captain. He asked me if I got seasick, I said no. He asked me if I minded being at sea for several days at a time. I said no. He told me to go home, get some extra clothes, and be back in a hour. 

    Ok , what am I missing about the strange part?
    You ever been to an interview, or interviewed a potential employee and only asked two questions? Or one that lasted about 25 seconds? It was defiantly stranger  than a job interview over dinner or a couple drinks. Maybe more unusual than strange, but I haven’t been involved in another one close to that one sine them. Either as the interviewer, or the prospective employee. 
  • L8RBRAL8RBRA St. LouisPosts: 606 Officer
    I interviewed a young lady for a graphic design job. Offered her a beverage as we met and she accepted. I brought out a Soda with a styrofoam cup because some folks dont like to drink out of a can. She flipped a switch and lost it about the cup and its impacts on the environment. We escorted her out of the building. She was red in the face about it. So weird.
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 6,576 Admiral
    L8RBRA said:
    I interviewed a young lady for a graphic design job. Offered her a beverage as we met and she accepted. I brought out a Soda with a styrofoam cup because some folks dont like to drink out of a can. She flipped a switch and lost it about the cup and its impacts on the environment. We escorted her out of the building. She was red in the face about it. So weird.

    Wow, what a crazy beach. You should have told her that the Styrofoam didn't go to waste because the employees make Napalm with it at the Christmas parties.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • SaltwaterdawgSaltwaterdawg Too far from the gulfPosts: 1,262 Officer
    Not me but my wife. Years ago, she went to interview for a paralegal position. She said everything about the interview was off, got offered a job and asked to sleep on it. 
    After a little research, found out he was big in the White Arian knights, so she passed with a quickness. 
  • YnotjaxYnotjax Posts: 258 Deckhand
    I was a contract IT worker working grave yard shift doing backups in a large computer center fresh out of college.  While I was visiting my parents over Christmas I get this call from some person I never heard of some how he got my parents phone number.  He stated he was in New Jersey and will be in Jacksonville Jan 2, meet him in the lobby for Breakfast at the Embassy Suits.  I show up after my shift and this person is talking crazy crap.

    we are opening a large call center, by March we will need to get 500 agents on line taking phone calls.  This week the order is placed to get a 50 person classroom set up with terminals so we can start training.  By week 2 we have a goal to have classroom space for 150.  

    I’m thinking he’s not interviewing me.  He states you know Jacksonville, let’s find this building. He drives we find the Main building and a strip mall where they will have the classrooms.  Now it’s about 10AM. I asked bluntly because I’m tired.  Am I hired?  

    No no problem he states, I’ll call your contracting agency and get you paid for today and get your paperwork together for going temp to perm.  You are showing up here tomorrow.  The agency will inform your former employer.

    l got a nice raise then temp to perm.  Now 35 years later still working in the technology area of the same company, been sold off but kept my tenure and position.




  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 2,166 Captain
    I graduated college in 2007, not a great time to be looking for a job.  I finally got a construction job for a few months.  Then, I applied for some county job.  I showed to the interview dressed business casual. 
    I did not expect to find 5 guys at one end of the table interviewing me!  I was slightly intimidated to say the least, but I did not get the job.  They did call me to say that I was a finalist, but they hired another person with more experience.  

    My current job:  I was leaving my last company due to my wife's job relocation.  I had a few applications out, and already a few phone call interviews.   Out of the blue, I got a phone call which I answered.   The guy explained to me who he was, and we chatted for almost 2 hours.  We talked benefits etc.. I emailed him a job offer I had received via email, while I was on the phone with him.  (I looked at the time on the email, and it was during the phone call)

    He matched it, and I absolutely love my current job.   To this day, I have yet to meet my boss or 3/4 of my coworkers.  We all work remotely, but my territory is further from the office than most of the folks. 
  • GlennGlenn GeorgiaPosts: 1,737 Captain
    I’m a graphic designer so I’ve seen a few strange ones. The last one was with the company that creates/manufacture Cake decorations, PAAS and Halloween Pumpkin carving kits based in Ocala, FL.

    Interviewer came to lobby in cheap flip flops, sweat pants and a t-shirt. Told me he had back issues and was allowed to dress that way (I never even brought it up). Bad thing was him giving me an Adobe Illustrator test while hovering over me with bad breath and body odor...did I mention the flip flops? Some people never should wear open shoes or let their feet see the light of day.

    Then he walked me out and had the audacity to tell me they already had their sights on another candidate.


    I had a long chat with their HR that afternoon.


  • Ron38SpecialRon38Special S FloridaPosts: 65 Deckhand
    Started a job interview off BS ing about old times and places we had worked. Me and the boss, hit it off, BS'ed for about 2 hours then the HR lady asked us if we were gonna do an interview, we both kind of laughed. They told me they had a week of interviews the next week and would give me a call. Called me early the next Monday and said they canceled the other interviews, and offered me a job I could not refuse.
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