A second-hand PD!
My BFF works for an advertising agency in London. They recently took on a new junior executive, who my BFF was supposed to train. Let's call her "Crystal".
According to Crystal's CV, she had a lot of basic experience in advertising, including a 9 month internship at one of the agency's competitors. Everything seemed to check out.
Apparently she is a complete nightmare. She doesn't have a very professional attitude - very loud, joking all the time. In her first two weeks, she had to be given 3 talks about dress code. Her time management skills are completely absent. She picks up some aspects of the job really quickly, but others have to be explained to her over and over again. Part of her job is to liaise with employees/clients in other countries, but she frequently Female Dog about having to stay late or come in early to talk to them (time zone issues - this was all in the job description and contract that she agreed to). She has very poor spelling and grammar skills, making even more work for my BFF because a lot of what they do goes online to the public, and poor English doesn't reflect well on them or their client.
The tipping point came on Friday. She was supposed to have an hour-long meeting with the "big boss" (my BFF's boss's boss), to explain exactly how their biggest client's brand works / exactly what her job is going to entail once her three-month "training" period is over. Now, this guy is super busy. SUPER busy. For him to take an hour out of his schedule to talk to an employee three rungs below him is a big deal.
- Crystal was 10 minutes late.
- She put on lipstick during the meeting.
- She asked several questions about salary/benefits/expenses (not his area, and definitely not what the meeting was about, wasting time).
- After half-an-hour, she told him that she had loads of work to do, and she ought to get back to it.
- Then she just got up and left.
My BFF is pretty sure they're not going to be keeping her after this week!!!