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Old 08-27-2016, 05:16 AM
 
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Oh and I forgot to mention another thing about example #1. A few days after I gave them the 8 page personality test I got a call from the hiring manager asking me to meet him for lunch. Of course I think I am getting an offer right? As soon as we sit down he says, "We aren't making you an offer at this time". I should have said a few choice words and walked out, but I didn't.
That's pretty bad. Either that hiring manager had complete contempt for you and wanted to rub it in, or the hiring manager is as stupid as one gets. No applicant wants to go to lunch with a hiring manager after going through the hell of interviewing (8 page personality test is absurd), to then be told "we aren't making you an offer at this time."

Can't the hiring manager just send the bad news in an email or snail mail? Or better yet, if the hiring manager just has to talk to you, call you on the phone.

Whatever. The hiring process in America is downright scary.

BTW, last week I signed up with a temp agency, and I had to fill out 60 pages of forms online and two skills tests. 60 pages! It took me an hour and a half. Are you kidding me? I guess so, seeing as they have done nothing to help me get a job. The woman at the temp agency asked me why I didn't put in my bank account number to receive direct deposit.

Duh...probably because I don't have a job through them yet.

People are insane.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Yep, been there, done it all. For 7 years I have been unemployed or underemployed, meaning part-time, no benefits or per diem/contract. Retail, healthcare, whatever. The hiring process is so screwed up and so are most of the companies. Never seen anything like it. Took a 40 page personality inventory to be a pet bather. Been called for interviews multiple times, returned the calls and never heard back. Been called, interview scheduled, and an hour later called and told they hired someone already.
I learned to do the app on-line, then go in the store and introduce myself. Got 2 retail gigs that way. One they pounded us with holiday hours, then gave us no hours to survive on so I moved on. Another let me go because I got ill on the job and had to go to the ER.
Now I've had one job for 4 months-contract work-and getting no assignments because they have no clients.
I've started a local pet sitting biz, but so far no clients, but I am marketing the crap out of it because I am tired of all this job hunting BS too.
At age 61 I do have some hope as I am getting on with a private counselng practice in my profession and they claim to value and want my experience and age, etc. Hopefully they will give me some clients.
Anyway, a glimpse of my story and I believe 3 things OP: marketing yourself as ''retired, looking for part-time work'' gets you in retail faster; showing up at the store and introducing yourself to the hiring manager ''greases the skids''; finding a 50+ hiring manager who recognizes your value is a plus.
Good luck and hang in. Seasonal hiring is starting up now, so go for it and you might get lucky.
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:22 AM
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Location: Ohio
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Maybe the personality test detected that you thought the job was lousy? I imagine they'd rather hire people who appreciate the work.

I wouldn't underestimate those tools ability to detect "seeing through" the questions and answering untruthfully.
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Old 09-03-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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I detest personality exams. They're tedious and annoying.
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Old 09-03-2016, 03:40 PM
 
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That's pretty bad. Either that hiring manager had complete contempt for you and wanted to rub it in, or the hiring manager is as stupid as one gets. No applicant wants to go to lunch with a hiring manager after going through the hell of interviewing (8 page personality test is absurd), to then be told "we aren't making you an offer at this time."

Can't the hiring manager just send the bad news in an email or snail mail? Or better yet, if the hiring manager just has to talk to you, call you on the phone.

Whatever. The hiring process in America is downright scary.

BTW, last week I signed up with a temp agency, and I had to fill out 60 pages of forms online and two skills tests. 60 pages! It took me an hour and a half. Are you kidding me? I guess so, seeing as they have done nothing to help me get a job. The woman at the temp agency asked me why I didn't put in my bank account number to receive direct deposit.

Duh...probably because I don't have a job through them yet.

People are insane.
A bank account before a job? Sounds kinda shady.
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:25 PM
 
Location: 130 Miles East of Sacramento, CA
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A personality test to work in a warehouse, ridiculous.
And a personality test just to push carts and scrub toilets? Ridiculous.
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Old 09-04-2016, 09:09 AM
 
Location: USA
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And a personality test just to push carts and scrub toilets? Ridiculous.

When you have people with college degrees competing for these jobs what do you expect?
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Old 09-04-2016, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I am 56 yrs old, out of work over a year, I was turned down for a warehouse/stock job at Kohls. Email rejection about 1 hr after filling out the online forms and taking their personality test. I can see right thru those questions, cant imagine that was the issue. I did mark a question that asked if you prefer to work alone or with a group as "Alone" - that was probably key.
Perhaps an unwritten requirement for a warehouse job is to be a young person.

Perhaps an older person might have a higher chance of getting injured and making a WC claim.
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Old 09-04-2016, 09:46 AM
 
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When you have people with college degrees competing for these jobs what do you expect?
You do really? do you actually of anyone outside what you read on the internet?
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Old 09-04-2016, 12:29 PM
 
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It's crazy some places want multiple interviews to do data entry jobs. A job a 7th grader can do seeing how awesome kids are now with computers and typing. I think it's just an ego trip for hiring staff to think they are that smart and important. Warehouse work is boring after the 3rd day, be thankful you did not get it.
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