So we needed a tech support guy.
Our regular guy, the one who did the nitty-gritty stuff like desktop support, had quit. I was doing phone interviews to find a replacement. This was in the 1990s, when IT people could pretty much write their own ticket in terms of jobs.
I conducted phone interviews with each candidate, to get some basic information for the hiring manager (and to make sure they weren’t freaks). I’d ask the questions, type the responses into my little form, and then forward the results to the hiring manager with a recommendation.
This guy was the last of eight consecutive phone interviews I had that day. He had a strong resume, but he had been unemployed for a few months, which was unusual for an IT person at the time. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the phone interview had gone well. He wasn’t terribly polished, but aside from that, he actually seemed to be a decent candidate.
At the end of the phone interview I told him I had the information I needed, and asked if he had any questions for me.
Him: “Just one question. Is this a Christian-based company?”
Me: “Umm, I’m not sure I know what you mean.”
Him: “You guys have, you know, like, Christian values?”
Me: “I’m not sure. What do you mean by ‘Christian values’?”
Him: “Well, you know, like having a Christmas tree, you know, and not having a lot of Jews. Because I can’t work for people who don’t accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.”
Me: “Okay, well, the owner is Jewish. Is that a problem?”
Him: “Yeah, because I can’t work for Jews. I guess I can’t do this then. This still counts for unemployment, right? Because they say I gotta apply for two jobs a week to get my unemployment check.”
Ummm, yeah. Good luck with that.
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