Working in telephone interviewing again (for the first time in five years) has given me a rather exquisite grasp of what my anthropophagic nicknamesake called the "free-range rude". There are so many people who hang up the second they hear the word "survey", and I don't know why. I mean, I'm a little odd in this, I'm sure, but I've always liked getting interviewed, researched, whatever. Maybe it's an odd bit of exhibitionism (for that matter, may this very work you're reading is an extension of that). In any case, even not wanting to be surveyed is not an excuse for the rudeness I've had to put up with. People, take it from me: there are real, legitimate surveys out there that are done over the phone. How can you tell a legitimate one? Many ways.
· Ask for a callback. If they legitimately just want information from you, they should be more than happy to schedule an appointment for a better time.
· Ask for a number to contact a higher-up in the company, or the name and number of the person in charge of the study.
· Ask for the company's website and check them out through that.
· Talk to the interviewer, don't fucking hang up on them! (Sorry. That happened to me probably 15 times today alone.)
Any research company worth their salt should be able to provide you with such information. Of course, if even after that you still want to decline to participate, simply tell the interviewer that, firmly but calmly. Don't shout, don't get angry, just say, "I'm going to decline participation". It's possible that they'll try to call you once more, but if you stand firm, your wishes will be honored.
Not much, beyond that. I've decided that when I'm regularly making real money again, I may start amassing vintage photographic equipment.
Today's Link Of The Day is Chopping Block, the webcomic that asks the musical question "Don't hockey-mask wearing serial killers deserve love, too?" http://www.choppingblock.org
9/18/2001 2:47 AM
(Server issues last night prevented prompt posting.)