When I first started working at the company I currently work for, I was desperate for work.
I was laid off from my previous job and I didn’t want to go on unemployment. I would have been making far less money and I don’t think we could have carried on living where we were. So I got numerous job interviews, and this place was the only one who gave me a chance. I was a little bothered about the lack of air conditioning during the interview and I was sweating a lot, but I thought they would have the AC system fixed by a local HVAC contractor. Well, when I first started with orientation, everybody was turned off by the overheated room we were stuck in. It felt like the air conditioning wasn’t working at all. Some people asked about the temperature control settings, but they were told an HVAC company was called to repair the HVAC system. I thought that was at least some good news, but a lot of people went on their breaks and never came back. Out of a group of 14 new hires, me and just one other guy chose to stick around. We actually became pretty good buddies though and we often talk about how miserable that first week was without a properly working air conditioner. Fortunately, a team of HVAC professionals arrived eventually and took care of everything. It was because they were so busy that they took a long time to get to our business building. I’m not sure that I could have lasted longer than a week without air conditioning, but I needed the job so I desperately hung in there.