I had what I thought was an interview yesterday. I was told to bring a copy of my resume and wear business dress. As a side note, I thought it was odd that they were telling me what to wear. I mean, if you don't know how to dress for an interview, then you get what you get. I suppose the company doesn't want to waste their time either, but still found it odd.
The company had contacted me after they saw my resume on-line. I didn't apply for a job with them. But, right now I have to keep my options open, so I set up a time to meet.
Yeah...it was an hour long sales pitch.
There were 8 of us in a room. Watched a video about the company and their product (long term care insurance, final expenses, etc...all tailored for the retirement age group). Manager guy gets up and talks about how this will change your life. This will give you unlimited earning potential. Trips to Italy! $30,000 bonuses! He talked about having daytime appointments, because retired people have no where to go....but don't call them between 1pm-3pm, because they are watching their soaps (honestly...this was said).
He sort of glossed over how much work it takes to get all of that...oh and you really don't get paid until down the line.
You have to pay up front to get your license to do this, but once you sell 25 plans (which according to the video would be in about 2 months, but the manager said it really should be closer to a month) you get reimbursed. And they will fully train you. And they bring lunch in all the time. And have team building outings (but found out that alcohol and ice skating don't mix). All you need is the entrepreneurial spirit!
Selling insurance plans to older people isn't for me. Working for months in hopes of getting a check isn't for me. On the survey they gave out, they asked you to mark if you wanted to come back in for an interview....I marked no thank you.
Of the 8 of us in there, half left as soon as the door opened. One guy, who was dressed in a suit and looked like he was ready to interview, just rolled his eyes while we were waiting for the elevator. The other 4 people hung back...asked questions like can you take your family to Italy with you. They missed the part of the presentation that said that the top 25 sellers nationally go on that trip...and there are about 5,000 people in the running.
I wasted 3.5 hours on this. Between getting ready (all dressed for an interview, to sit in a room and not even be spoken to), travel (25 min each way), and sitting there for over an hour (including the 15 min early that I arrived, per their instructions).