Interviewing for a new job is nerve-wracking, stressful and anxiety-inducing.
When you’re searching for a new job, you will endure difficult challenges, including being required to meet with upwards to 10 people over the course of many months, being ghosted by the company, failing to receive feedback, taking the time to complete the time-consuming and glitchy online applications, submitting résumés and waiting for responses that never come, getting rejected for jobs where you thought you nailed the interview and constantly being scared that your boss will find out that you’re looking elsewhere for employment. This is just a small sampling of the aggravation and frustration that you will be forced to endure.
So, if this isn’t enough to freak you out, now you have remain in a constant state of worry about being pranked. Netflix—who must be running out of ideas—sent out a press release hyping a new eight-episode series. The show will star and be executive produced by 16-year-old Gaten Matarazzo, one of the cute and quirky kids from Netflix’s big hit series, Stranger Things. The premise of the show, according to an article in the AV Club, is “Gaten Matarazzo’s cool new Netflix prank show is all about screwing with people trying to find work.”
Deadline writes that the episodes, which are “terrifying and hilarious,” focus on two excited job seekers who both believe that they are commencing the first day of a brand new job. “It’s business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.” In the genre of Ashton Kutcher’s Punk’d, the show is filmed with hidden cameras and tricks the supposedly new employees with a chaotic orientation.
In Stranger Things, the kids were up against the Upside Down and a monster, the Demogorgon. While it was scary (to teens), it was just make believe. For the unsuspecting people involved with this mean prank show, it’s their careers and livelihoods.