'You'll be abused and sworn at'

Last updated 05:00 17/11/2012

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Two thirds through my tertiary education, I decided to try look for a job in the IT industry.

I stumbled across a small to medium-size IT support & ISP business, not too far from where I was studying.

A week later after emailing in a CV I was called in for an interview, the place seemed professional ... that is until I got into the interview room.

The two men, one being the owner, used inappropriate humour the whole time.

Being serious about a job, I sat there listening to this for about an hour.

I followed them as I was shown around the premises. I happened to notice there was only one support staff member, and many empty desks.

Near the end of the interview I was told, "by the way, if you are wanting to work here, you need to be able to take abuse and be sworn at".

The owner continued to advise me of how he gets angry easily and has no problem abusing his staff or swearing at them, and we have to take it.

Mortified, I couldn't wait to get out of the place. I now knew why there were so many empty desks. I was then told to come back next week for a trial as I had passed the interview, and I went home.

The next week my phone rang. I answered.

They angrily asked: "Why did you not turn up for the trial today like we had organised?"

I replied, "Oh, um, I got a job somewhere else, bye."

I dodged the bullet on that one.

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