I had a meeting with a prospective Client who was looking for a contract Account Executive. He e-mailed me some details about his business that I thought were odd. It seemed like a high-pressure business with some shady aspects to it. I thought I would give the Client the benefit of the doubt, though.
During the meeting, he came across as boastful, condescending toward his current employees, and somewhat angry.
Client: I’m looking to replace one of my current employees. She’s just not up there in the IQ department, you know?
Me: …I see.
Awkward… We continued to talk. Toward the end of the conversation, I received this question:
Client: Listen, you sound like you could be a good fit for this role. However, I do need to ask: you’re not a gambler or addicted to drugs or alcohol, are you? We tend to have a lot of those types of people who come through our doors.
Me: Uh – no. Not at all. I am very conscientious about how I live.
Client: Good! Let’s move on.
Wow, that was an inappropriate question.
I looked into the company afterward, and there were numerous negative reviews from former employees specifically citing this walking red flag.