I had the usual experience at Bernard Haldane Associates. The initial interview -- in my case with JACK JOHNSTON, Senior Consultant (if you're reading this Jack, consider this your well-earned five minutes of fame) was the standard "you're wonderful, we can make you a star."
Then came the 2nd interview with my husband. That was when JACK JOHNSTON gave us the hard sell, culminating in his invitation for us to drop $5, 000 on the spot, via a credit card. We hesitated. He scoffed: "you can pay it back at $100/month -- and since you'll be getting a job within at least two months, you'll probably be able to pay it back almost immediately, " said Mr. JACK JOHNSTON. "We've had people in here getting $25, 000 signing bonuses, stock options, you name it ..."
JACK JOHNSTON got mad when we said we never sign anything without a 24-hour sleep on it, and pointed out that that kind of attitude affects a person's marketability. "What if we had a fantastic six-figure income job for you and you had to make up your mind on the spot? " he asked. "You need to be decisive. Or as far as I'm concerned, I'm ready to close your file."
Consider it closed, JACK JOHNSTON.
And thank you, consumer complaints. I found your site during my 24-hour "think it over" period.