Andre Hamilton had spent eight years in the United States Air Force. While in the service, he learned how to conduct himself in a professional manner, and he learned to respect others. He wanted to become a manager so he completed a bachelor’s degree in organizational management at the University of LaVerne. After graduating from school, his confidence soared to a point where he felt he was in a position of great demand by potential employers.
In 1996, while looking through Sunday’s Press Enterprise newspaper, he saw an ad for a job fair. Thinking of the companies that would be present at the job fair, he decided to attent. The day of the job fair arrived. His interviews came down to two companies, G.M.A.C. and The Office Supply Store. Both interviews went extremely well.
On Friday, September 27, 1996, Andre was interviewed by Mrs. Jane Apple from G.M.A.C., a mortgage company. At the interview, she explained to him the responsibilities of a loan officer, the position he had applied for. She also asked him questions about what he thought about the company. Mrs. Apple informing him that although the position only paid commisions. Mrs. Apple looked at Andre and said, ‘’You have the job if you want it.’’ He tried to hard to contain his happiness. He told her he would accept her offer and thanked her for giving him an opportunity.
On Monday, September 30, 1996, when he arrived at work, he was greeted and introduced to the staff members and shown around the office. Mrs. Apple told him to relax. Andre began to feel that he had accomplished his goal of becoming a career person with a good job. Everyone was very friendly and seemed happy to be employed at that company. What he enjoyed the most about this organization was the team style of leadership displayed by Mrs. Apple.
On Tuesday, October 1, 1996, he had second interview with The Office Supply Store. He was interviewed by Mr. Smith, district manager, and Maria Smith, human