I'm tired of all the holiday cheer in all the recent topics. I want my old bitter TiB back. In the past couple of years, many employers seem to be taking advantage of the recession by acting like complete assholes since they know their applicants are so desparate for jobs they'll put up with anything. And if they won't put up with it then, well, there are hundreds of people in line behind them. Focus: What horror stories have you experienced while job hunting? What dickish move are you still stewing about weeks, months, years later? (I'm sure this behavior hasn't solely existed in the past couple of years, so it doesn't have to be limited to apparent Recession-related explanations.) My experiences: 1. Two summers ago, I had applied for some day joby job at what I think was a tea cafe as a barista. They called me back and said they actually were looking for someone to do writing and marketing for them, and would I like to interview for that position instead? Fuck yes I would. The next week, I giddily take the hour subway ride to their shop in the Upper East Side only to find it was closed. I check the time on my phone only to see I had a voicemail. During the subway ride (just to reiterate, that means an hour or less before the interview) I got a call from the assistant of the woman who was going to interview me saying she was sick and wasn't going to make it. I call her back, presumably to reschedule, and she says "Actually, since there are so many candidates, we're just going to cancel her interviews from today. Indefinitely." 2. About a month ago, I applied for a position that was basically tailor-made for me. It was a Canadian company that was looking to expand to New York, and they basically needed someone to start and run it from here. It was advertised on one of the most popular fashion blogs, so it wasn't some sketchy Craigslist find or anything, and when I got the call for an interview I was really, really excited. I had just gotten laid off, and had all this hope that it would be good luck to finally get a full-time reliable job. A few days later, I go to meet this woman who has flown in from Montreal, and I sit down and she explains the position and only after her little speech does she mention that it is part-time, temporary, and commission-only. It was basically set up so that I would work for free. Really bitch? You couldn't mention that in the ad? Or in the email to set up the interview? Or anywhere else along the line so I didn't have to waste this time and energy on a job it turns out I actually don't really give a shit about at all? 3. This didn't happen to me- thank god, or else I would probably be in jail right now for murder - but I heard it through the alumni grapevine since all the writing majors are all up in each other's shit when it comes to jobs and publications. A friend of a friend was being interviewed for her dream job and was so excited and thought the interview was going really well and her chances were really high when, at the very end of the interview when she asked what the process was from there, they told her that there wasn't actually any position open. They just wanted to conduct interviews to "see who was out there." I've pretty much been job-hunting non-stop since graduating in May '10, either to find more freelancing work, or to find a full-time position so I could stop freelancing, or now to find any kind of work at all, so I have a million of them. But those are the worst.