Last week I had the opportunity to do a phone interview with Home Depot. They had called to interview me for a cashier position.
As the interview progressed it became apparent that my availability for cashier didn’t meet what they were looking for. I completely understand and respect this having worked in retail for over 10 years now I can appreciate there are needs the business has to fulfil.
What really angered me came next.
I pointed out that I had also applied for the Merchandise Execution Team. My hours and experience met those requirements perfectly.
I was then told by the interviewer that “I would not be interested in that position because it involved heavy lifting, trucks and skids.”
I was appalled because it’s 2013 and you can’t say that to anyone. It’s actually an infraction of my right to equal opportunity and I actually have quite the case if I want to and choose to take it to the Human Rights Tribunal.
If Home Depot actually looked at my resume instead of relying on computers to analyze them they would find that I am doing that exact job at my current employer.
Lowes one of their major competitors also interviewed me for an identical position however I couldn’t make those hours work. I also have an open invitation to call the manager if my situation changes because they would like to have me on the team.
Within 3 hours of this comment being made I had sent an e-mail to Home Depot. It has been 7 days and there hasn’t been a response from them.
I’m shocked that here hasn’t been a response because this is a serious situation. It reflects poorly on them as an employer and as a loyal customer I am seriously considering where I am going to make my purchases from in the future.
I am very disappointed in Home Depot as a company. I was very excited for even just the opportunity to interview with them. I have waited 7 days for a response to give them a fair chance to have an open conversation about what happened.
It’s apparent it’s a conversation they do not want to have.
I will not ask anyone to boycott or retaliate against Home Depot. You are free to spend your money where you wish.
I just ask that you share this story. It’s shameful behaviour on the part of a big box store and who knows how many other well qualified people have been overlooked when applying to Home Depot.
Home Depot you need to re-evaluate your hiring practices.
As for my job search I am no longer interested in working for you. My current employer has accommodated my needs and is happy to keep me.