I had a run-in earlier this week with a job candidate I'll call Whine and Cheese. We interviewed her last week and offered her a job... but this past Monday, she was a no-call, no-show for orientation. We tried calling and emailing her and got no response whatsoever.
Then yesterday, I came into the office and found Whine and Cheese sitting in the waiting area outside it. She claimed her purse had been stolen and, with it, her phone, her bus tickets and all her cash. When I asked why she didn't ask to use a friend's or family member's phone, or go to the Internet terminals in the library to make contact, she said she didn't know anybody with a phone--and didn't answer my question about the library at all.
Now, I sympathize IF there is any truth to Whine and Cheese's story... but I have reason to believe (as will be seen later) that's a very big IF. One of the reasons I suspect her story isn't true--though it's something only another transit user like me would know--is that she lied about losing her bus tickets. Our transit system uses a smart card, or cash, not bus tickets.
I got a written statement from her about the reasons for her no-call, no-show and sent her home. It was in this statement that I found the "whine and cheese": a few slices of "Why is this happening to meeeeeeeeeeeeeee" with a filled-to-the-brim glass of "I really, really want and neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed this job."
Job offer = cancelled.
Today, I opened my email and found a message from Whine and Cheese saying that because of "our mishap" she was having trouble getting a car loan. She asked me to falsify information on the application for her car loan and say she was working full-time--and she'd change it later.
What, ME risk 30 years in federal prison and/or a million-dollar fine for credit fraud, not to mention MY OWN job and the reputation of my employer, because YOU "neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed a car to find a new position"?
Oh, E-Hell no!
Sometimes you don't even need to say the words "I'm afraid that won't be possible."
She got a just-the-facts email stating company policy that we do not falsify information, since it is a violation of our professional ethics as well as (in the situation she was asking for) a federal crime.
Much as I might hope that's the end of that, I am fully expecting more Whine and Cheese in my email box tomorrow morning--and I'm wondering how best to deal with her now that we've stated our policy.