I waded through a huge number of resumes, narrowed it down to a half-dozen, interviewed them over the phone, and then invited five in to talk to us. Two never showed. Among the other three, one was so-so, one was really good, and one was fabulous. We offered jobs to both the "really good" and the "fabulous." "Fabulous" accepted right away. "Really Good," who had just moved here from New York, scoffed at the hourly wage, saying she was holding out for at least $2 more an hour.
So "Fabulous" started the next Monday. In accepting the job, she indicated she had already made plans to be out of town for a three-day weekend starting on the Friday, so her first week was only going to be Monday through Thursday.
On Monday, she dove right in and did brilliantly.
On Tuesday, she did more of the same.
On Wednesday, when I wasn't in the office, I got an email in the morning from the night supervisor saying that "Fabulous" had left Monday at 7:30, citing a deadline for a school essay. On Tuesday, "Fabulous" ducked out at 8:00, not saying anything about why she was leaving early. (She was supposed to stay until 9:30 each day.)
Since I wasn't going to be in Wednesday, we all agreed the night supervisor would reiterate the hours that day and I would have a come-to-Jesus talk with her on Thursday when I was in again.
Wednesday night, she waited until the night supervisor stepped out for a smoke, and then she left without saying good-bye at 8:30.
Thursday, she sent an email saying she was sick and would be happy to work from home. I declined the offer and said she should just stay home and recover and I would see her Monday.
Of course, she never showed on Monday, and we never heard from her again, until payday 10 days later, when she sent a note.
"I wanted to deeply apologize for my abrupt disappearance... I am so sorry about that, and I realize I handled myself very unprofessionally. I just don't think I was a good fit for the job.
However, I still do of course expect to be compensated for the work I did. I believe I left my time sheet on the desk I was working at.. I did keep track of the hours I worked there, in case you need me to send them to you etc. Please let me know if there's anything I can do from my end to make this less work for you.
Again, my sincerest apologies. I'm so sorry it didn't work out.
Yeah, the Missing In Action employee was named Mia. And her time sheet listed hours as if she had actually worked when she was supposed to work.
The upshot for us? We will never again hire a person we believe is absolutely fabulous.