I’ve never seen Mad Men, but I’m pretty sure this dickhead who interviewed my twin sister for a job would fit right in.
…but just to be sure…that’s the TV show where men don’t respect women or view them as equal in the workplace, right?
My twin sister, Joy, went on a job interview a few years ago for a graphic designer position, thinking that the company was looking to hire a graphic designer.
The job posting said graphic designer. Joy submitted all of her materials, resume, etc. that said “GRAPHIC DESIGNER” all over it.
But the man behind the desk didn’t read that part.
He somehow re-arranged the words “graphic designer” to say “verbal punching bag.” (I know, that’s too many letters. But, he’s an idiot).
…And then he tried out his new punching bag.
Because he was never actually considering her for the job, he really just wanted to yell at her.
I think he was literally trying to extinguish joy.
His opening line was pretty killer, too, and a thoughtful reminder to everyone in the post-
1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
2010- world that sexism is still alive and well.
“Do you CRY when you get yelled at?” he asked immediately, and angrily.
His opening line.
(Ed note: Ten bucks says the male candidates were NOT asked that question.)
“Do…you…yell at your employees at lot?” Joy responded, snarkily.
Of course he ignored her.
“You know, EVERYONE WANTS THIS JOB,” he said. It was a little surprising because Joy had never heard of the company before applying.
Then, completely out of left field, he continued, “...and I don’t want to hire you just so you can leave after six months to be a nanny in Italy!”
WHO’S GOING TO ITALY??
WHO EVEN SPEAKS ITALIAN??
(Ed note: Ten bucks says that the male candidates were not given the Italian nanny scenario.)
Joy looked around the room for hidden TV cameras.
The man then explained how the job posting was NOT for a graphic designer, but for a manufacturing person who knows specs about printing and affixing labels on makeup bottles per government regulations.
(The job description never mentioned any of this.)
“So…you don’t need someone to actually design the labels…” Joy clarified.
“NO!” he screamed. “AND ALL OF YOU ‘GRAPHIC DESIGNERS’ NEED TO GET MORE SKILLS!” he yelled.
“ALL OF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR THIS JOB, AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO ANYTHING!”
You don’t know how to do anything.
This man just met her. He had no idea what she was capable of doing.
“I mean, I don’t have TIME to train you, anyway,” he said, as Joy sat there wide-eyed.
(Joy later looked back at the job description which said, “industry experience preferred.”)
Without being asked, the man then explained to Joy why she wasted HIS time showing up at his office.
“We already have the PERFECT candidate,” he said. “And we’re going to hire him.”
Of course it’s totally appropriate to tell someone who took time out of their day to go to your job interview that you already hired someone else.
And of course it’s a “him.”
A him who won’t flee to Italy to become a nanny.
“Well, it looks like you found the right candidate then,” Joy said and snatched back her portfolio.
“A WORD OF ADVICE?” he said to her on the way out. “YOU REALLY NEED TO INCREASE YOUR SKILLS!”
Joy didn't mention that HE needed to increase his job description skills.
Is Mad Men hiring???
Because Joy is looking.
Skills: doesn’t cry when getting yelled at.