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    05-14-2011, 08:14 PM
  #1
Foal
Safety at Job Interview

I'm trying to land my first job as a stable hand/apprentice and I want to make sure I'm not being taken advantage of or walking into some trap. I'm a 20 year old girl living on my own, so obviously I have concerns about my safety.

The place I'm interviewing at is a privately owned little ranch with 6 horses. It's several hours away and the owner has suggested that I stay several days for my interview. The guy seems fairly genuine (from what I can tell over the phone) and talks about his wife and kids.

The other day though, the owner asked me for my physical stats (height, weight, etc) as well as what car I drive because we haven't met yet. For some reason, that just didn't sit right with me so I looked the place up on google maps street view and checked to see if there were any possible sex offenders in the area. Nothing else seemed out of the ordinary though.

I'm just wondering if this is the normal process of being hired for a full time live-in position. If you guys could also give me some advice or tips, that would also be appreciated.
     
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    05-14-2011, 08:29 PM
  #2
Weanling
I don't think it is okay to ask physical stats for ANY job, unless he needed your weight/height to match you to a horse you were going to excercize I don't see why he'd need that. Don't be afraid to ask why he would need that information, if this is a possible live-in position you MUST be 100 percent comfortable.
     
    05-14-2011, 08:31 PM
  #3
Trained
Can you bring someone to the interview with you?
How did you find out about the position?
     
    05-14-2011, 09:02 PM
  #4
Foal
I really don't have anyone to bring with me, unfortunately. Nobody I know is going to want to drive half a day for nothing.

I put up some ADs on a couple different websites. This guy happened to call me up a week later and interviewed me on the phone for like 2 hours.

The more I think about going over there alone, the more freaked out I get. Especially since his wife and/or kids are going to be out of town for the first two days I'm there. I really need this job though, so I'm stuck right now deciding whether or not I should call the whole thing off.
     
    05-14-2011, 09:13 PM
  #5
Weanling
Do not go alone!! Even if this is a legitimate job, I do not think that they would object to someone going with you, especially if it is several hours away. Tell him straight up that you plan on traveling with a friend and see if he backs off on his offer of a job. Your friend may need to stay in the car or keep a respectable distance while you are being interviewed, but you absolutely must
Not go alone. There are just too many weird people in the world.

If you get there and the wife and kids suddenly are out of town for a few days, get back in the car and leave immediately. You are going to be living there, the wife and kids would want to meet you. Big red flag.

Asking you to stay several days is a tricky one. I can understand him wanting to take some time to get to know you since it is a small operation and you will be living there, but unless I was staying in a hotel, I would not spend the night.

Asking for your physical stats is not uncommon if you are going to be riding. If you are just helping in the barn, he had no business asking. Not sure why he would want to know what you drive.

If the job is several hours away, why is he advertising so far from home? A live in job on a farm is usually not that hard to fill.

I would be all over the internet, searching his name, farm name, address, phone number, anything looking for clues that this is, or is not, for real. What type of operation is he running? Does he train? Sell? Breed? Then I would think that there would be ads, at least locally for his services. Check yellow pages for that area.

This may be a perfectly legit job, but your safety is the most important thing. If this guy is on the up and up, he should understand that.
     
    05-14-2011, 09:19 PM
  #6
Weanling
RED FLAG!!!! I just read the other posts that went up while I was writing mine. He answered your ad and the wife and kids will be out of town?!?!?!? No way, don't go!! I thought you were answering an ad that he placed. I understand that you need a job, but this is not it.
     
    05-14-2011, 09:52 PM
  #7
Foal
So I just googled the address and I found that there is a business listed and it matches up with his story. I feel a little bit better now.

Rather Be Riding, I totally agree with you. It does sound extremely sketchy. I'll give him a call tomorrow and see if I can come up when his wife will actually be home. I gave his address and phone number to a few friends so they know where I will be if I do decide to through with the interview, along with a phone check-in system.
     
    05-14-2011, 10:14 PM
  #8
Weanling
Just please be careful. I am a mom with a daughter about your age, so I can't help but be over protective. I still wish that you would not go alone. Just because your friends know where you are, doesn't mean that they can do anything if something goes wrong.

If this does turn out to be a good job and what you want, I hope that you get it.

So now you are going to have to let us all know if you are going and then you are going to have to let us know when you get there and then you need to let us know when you get home. See, over protective mom.
     
    05-14-2011, 11:33 PM
  #9
Trained
I totally believe in trusting your gut. Instincts have saved me more than once.

Mention that you are going to bring your older brother/cousin/someone on the phone and gauge his reaction. If he seems cool with it and you decide to go you can always say they ended up not coming along.
     
    05-15-2011, 06:19 AM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by weeeee    
I'll give him a call tomorrow and see if I can come up when his wife will actually be home.
Do be careful, and keep in mind that any reasonable man would fully understand your concern, and most (that I know) would never even consider being in the situation that you describe. Personally, I always have my wife with me, and am extremely careful about being alone with ladies (especially young ladies) to insure there is no appearance of impropriety.
     

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