SS Job Interviewus & SS Agencyus
This is from a few years ago, but talking to a coworker today reminded me of it.
Receptionist comes to find me in a meeting. I had someone who I was going to interview show up 45 minutes early, while I was in the middle of another meeting. I told the receptionist to remind the interviewee that she was 45 minutes early, and that I'd get to her at the time we schedule (I also made a mental note to confirm with the agency that sent her to me what the interview time was, thinking that maybe they told her the wrong time, which wouldn't be her fault). Very annoying and unprofessional, but not yet really snowflakey.
Receptionist comes back 5 minutes later. Interviewee told him to tell me that, since she was already there, she'd really just like to interview now and "get it over with". Receptionist specifically tells me that that's how Interviewee worded it. I tell receptionist to tell Interviewee that I am in a meeting and I will be ready to interview her at our scheduled interview time. While I'm in my meeting, Interviewee leaves (Receptionist said she left in a huff not long after he delivered my message). So I go out to lunch, and figure I'll call the agency when I get back.
When I get back, I have a weird call from the agency. To make a long story short, Interviewee had called the agency when she left, said that I was very unprofessional and was going to keep her waiting for a ridiculous amount of time, so she left without interviewing, since she'd have felt uncomfortable working for me, knowing that I'm so unprofessional. I confirmed with the agency that she was supposed to interview at the time that I had. Agency wasn't apologetic about anything, and wanted to know if I had let Interviewee wait a ridiculous amount of time. To which I said something like "if me making her wait because she shows up 45 minutes early is ridiculous, then yes, it was ridiculous. Or her. To expect me to be ready to interview her 45 minutes early". Agency wanted to know why I couldn't just interview her then. Because I was in a meeting, which is why Interviewee was scheduled to come in at a certain time. Because people in companies have meetings.
After that, I told my boss that I wasn't going to be working with Agency any more, because being questioned as to why I couldn't interview someone 45 minutes early was just...not professional of them, to say the least. Also, the Agency woman had such an attitude for someone who was supposed to be hoping that I'd pick one of their people so they'd get their commission. Not worth dealing with.