I just want to bring to everyone's attention of the Vector Marketing office here in Bremerton Washington. I had set up an appointment to apply for a job yesterday afternoon. I went in and found out that they were doing same day interviews.
We were told that there would be 3 steps in order to get the job. The first being the application and being asked some simple questions, the second being a 1 hour briefing on just who and what the company is, and the third would be the actual interview.
The first thing to throw me off as a little strange was that during the briefing we were told that Vector was a large company and that we were in the District Office. I looked around and all I saw was the reception room (which we were in at the time), the secretary's office, and the District Manager's Office. If this was a large corporation like we were being told about, why only a small office building? I would think that it would have been at least twice the size.
The next thing that seemed strange was the ages of their customers and the length of time that some of their customers have been with them. I mean isn't it against the law not to sell things to certaing age groups? We could only sell to people were at least 25 years of age! What about the legal adults who are younger? The 18-24 group? Why can't they buy the knives? As long as they could pay for them, there shouldn't be a problem, right?
During the briefing, the District Manager then told us that Vector has been around since 1981. He then goes on about how they've had customers for up to 50 years! How is that possible?! I don't think that I'm pushing 50 yet since the company was founded two years before my birth year!
The next thing was how to sell the products. He told us that to start off it would be easier to sell to family and friends and to get references from them to make more sells, but they have to schedule an appointment with us first. We can't make phone calls or go door to door or put adds or whatever. How the Hell are we supposed to sell this product and let people kow it's out there? And why does the potential customer have to schedule the appointment in order to buy the product, even though we were told that it would be easier to sell to the people we know? Wouldn't that be us going against company policy to tell these people about the product so they buy it?
Then there was the interview. I was in there talking to the guy, and I was hired literally within 5 minutes! The only job I've had before was in the Military, so I've never done a job interview. How is it when I go into my FIRST job interview, being nervous and sweaty (I take medication for anxiety) and score a job by being asked one question and answer it, stuttering?! I wouldn't have hired me! He didn't even bother to ask for my resume!
There was another thing that got me. In order to sell the product, we have to sign out a demonstration set of knives. In order to do THAT, we have to sign a check for $500 dollars and use that as our sign out card for "insurance purposes".
After I had gotten home, and I started to dwell on these things, I went online and checked out their web site. My family owns a cutlery set, a pretty nice one at that, that we paid about $40 dollars for. Vector Marketing was selling cutlery sets that contained less knives than what we got in ours, for about $300 dollars! I don't know of anyone wanting to pay that kind of price for knives. I don't care how nice they seem to be.
I had told my Dad that I had gotten hired by Vector, and after I realized what this company might be, I sent an E-mail stating that I did not want the job. I was trying to figure out how to tell my Dad that I had quit, when unknown to me, he recognized the name and research it. He had sent me a report showing evidence that showed me that I was in the right to quit, before they pulled me in and made me broke. I believe that they are moving around the area here in the Northwest due to their small office building (courtesy of a "large corporation") and trying to work their scam on as many people they can.