How Not to Hire: True Tales from the Trenches

27 April 2007 at 3:43PM Leave a comment

Fast Company: Why We Hate HR

Oi! Here’s what gives my profession a bad name. My good buddy Mark is conducting a search, and had an interesting run-in with a recruiter. It is unknown is the woman is an employee, contractor, RPO recruiter or agency. But this is bad. This is why people hate HR.

Here are his own words:

As a recruiter you’ll appreciate this:

The other day, I had a phone interview with a big company in the Twin Cities, conducted by what turned out to be Ms. Young Clueless HR 2007. She asked a standard set of questions, then asked if I had any… so I asked.  She then couldn’t answer any of them. I asked basic stuff, like how many states the company had ops in, what the actual job duties were, etc. She even guessed at the location thing, “Gee, I’m not sure… ummm, 13, maybe 15 states… I dunno.”

But my favorite part was at the end when she pitched me the job by skipping over the job duties and in a sing-songy voice gave me the bullet-pointed rundown on the benefits, ending with (and I quote), “And we have a really neat 401-K!”

Really neat interview, I must say.



As one of the SHRM presidents said long ago (I’m paraphrasing), “The biggest obstacle to success in Human Resources is that there are no barriers to entry.” No wonder people say “I Hate HR!”

Image above courtesy of an insightful article in Fast Company Magazine.


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1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

About the Author

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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