How Not to Get A Job: It’s a Small World After All

27 July 2007 at 6:38AM Leave a comment

Last year on The Cedar Room, blogger Darren recorded the hilarity that ensued when a candidate forgot to reinstall Manners 1.0 before beginning a job search.

Example: When Darren’s co-worker (probably HR) tried by e-mail to brief Mr. Candidate on the hiring process, Mr. Candidate sent the following message in reply.

“I would be happy to undergo a 2 hour interview process for a full-time or semi full-time position. But, for a part-time position, based on by background and qualifications is nothing short of ridiculous, not to mention insulting. When you people get over yourselves, get in touch when you get the picture. Not before.”

End of story – right? WRONG. Six months later, Mr. Candidate applies to the same company (and the same recruiter) all over again. But of course, Mr. Candidate has a snappy comeback for everything.

Sometimes, we’re glad we don’t hire these people.


Entry filed under: NotJobs.

Thanks to the Recruiting Fly! How Not To Hire: 3rd Interview

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My Core Ideas

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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