“I’ll Take Any Work You Give Me Except That. And That…”

While the majority of the people who come to us looking for work are wonderful candidates who we are happy to try to help in any way we can, we, like any other employer, sometimes deal with people like the one in this article!

Again, we are honored to have had this post published in the industry webzine Staffing Talk last week. Check it out!



The interviewee steps tentatively into your office, hat (figuratively or literally) in hand. You offer your hand and his sweaty palms shake it a little too hard. You beckon him to sit, and he does ever-so-gingerly, as if he could break your chair if he’s not careful. His eagerness to please seems to be making him extra nervous, even jittery. (At any rate, you’re hoping that’s the only thing making him jittery!)

After a few surface pleasantries, flowered with plenty of ‘sirs’ (or ‘ma’ams’), you inevitably get to the question that brought him to your office in the first place: “So, what kind of work are you looking for?”

And so the dance begins.

“Oh sir, I’ll do anything, anything at all. I’ll scrub toilets if I have to. You give me a toothbrush, sir, and I’ll get on my knees and wash your baseboards. Heck, I’ll even wash your car. There’s nothing I won’t do if you’ll just give me a job. All I need is a chance!”

Wow! It sure sounds like this guy really wants to work. I mean, he’ll do anything, right? You take a look at his work history …

“I see you worked for two months at McDonald’s last year. What prompted you to leave?”


Read the rest here!