MiniMax Express Cornwall-No Honesty Here
After seeing an ad on various job boards I headed right down there with my resume in hand to apply for the AZ driver job they had posted. I spoke to the guy doing the recruiting and went through my qualifications, experience, and motivation to get back to work asap. I was up front an honest about why I have been off work for 3 years, and that I was getting treatment for my back that looks very promising and has allowed me to re-enter the work force. I was told that the contract they were hiring for did not start right away and that their current drivers were bidding on it so they were not sure what was going to happen. Fine I thought, oh well just keep looking. Then a few days later my wife noticed a brand new ad from the same company in a different newspaper. Just posted. So I called back and did not identify myself right away and asked questions about the job. Yes indeed they were hiring and looking for someone to start right away. So I told him who I was and asked why I was being overlooked, and apparently lied to. His reply was that he did not know and that I should come down again with my resume. So I did. Aha now he recalls why. They are concerned about my back. Concerned about what I ask. I have a doctors letter stating I am fit for duty, I was in the warehouse and lifted some of the freight in question with no problems, and reassured him countless times that the previous condition would have no affect on the company should anything ever happen. Since it is a pre-existing injury my old WSIB claim would get re-activated. He himmed and hawed and then said fine and set up a road test for the following week. This is now 2 weeks since I first applied for the job.
So the day arrives for the road test and of course I am there early. And on my way in observed a Minimax truck driving VERY slowly in the area. I realized when I was there that this was a person doing a road test before me. Gee I hope he can at least drive the speed limit if he gets the job. Anyways. The road test goes fine and tells me that I should hear something in a few days. After a few days I call back and am now told “oh things have changed here and looks like nothing is starting till the end of the month”. Really. I wonder why then do you have an ad in the paper now promising work right away? He also says “well it’s the back thing”. Again I wonder what back thing? Maybe I should have lied and said nothing about it. Why cant I get some honesty from this guy? It seemed like such a professional place. I guess image can be deceiving. If the recruiter is a liar, how can the company be trusted? Too bad, discrimination is an ugly thing.
Update May 2013
So after seeing multiple ads for drivers since this article was written, I decided to send off another resume just for the heck of it. I get a call back from Mr. Mcpherson and he wants me to come in for an interview. He says my name sounds familiar and asked if I had done a road test for him. I said no we didn’t get that far because you were concerned about my back. (After reading this again LOL I guess I did) He then proceeds to tell me that he has a lot of employees now with back issues. He says to come in anyways for interview. About 30 minutes later I get another call from him, only this time he is canceling the interview because he now remembers this article and that I said some nasty things about him and the company. Actually Jim, all I sad was the truth about you, and nothing bad about the company. I know why he has problems with employees backs. It’s mostly because of the grossly overweight pallets they are forced to move without the proper equipment. Moving a 1000-2000lb pallet of bottled water should be done with an electric pallet jack, not a manual one. In reality it should be considered an unsafe work practice, but like he would care. Most trucking firms now give little to no regard for their drivers safety. A simple arrangement concerning an electric pallet jack for those loads should not be a difficult thing to arrange. But considering the intelligence and integrity of the guy I talked to. I won’t hold my breath. Too bad, I’m sure the rest of the company is pretty decent.