How Not to Get a Job at uShip

20 April 2007 at 8:51PM Leave a comment

Anyone who has been in recruiting for any length of time runs into a fair share of strange candidates. Matt at details his experience with the ultimate presumptive close:

We recently had an unusual (think Twilight Zone) experience here at our office in Austin. We have a few jobs posted on our Jobs page for which we receive many resumes – some great and some not so great. Occasionally, a bold candidate will try to stand out from the pack by sending cookies with their resume or even showing up with a sack of BBQ sandwiches (a good choice given my weakness for BBQ and food in general). This is all well and good.

A couple weeks ago, an unannounced visitor shows up at our door (which is usually wide open) and walks in. Without saying a word, this individual walks right through our main, open office area (our outer defenses) and into the hallway that leads back to some offices. A few employees subsequently told me that they thought something seemed weird but didn’t say anything because we frequently have people they don’t recognize coming in and out for meetings. This person walks back to the room where our Service team sits and up to the first employee he sees (Heather) and says, “Hi. I’m your new Director of Marketing.”

We have interviewed a lot of people for this job and have yet to hire anyone. However, Heather doesn’t know that for sure so all she can say is, “Oh, I didn’t realize we had one”. At this point, introducing yourself as already having the job might be kind of funny IF you follow it with, “Just kidding, I’m not hired yet”… However, this individual continues the charade and starts asking all kinds of questions. This is where it gets even more weird…

See the full posting (and the outcome) here.


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Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.


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