How Not to Get a Job: Location and Attitude

21 August 2007 at 2:58AM Leave a comment

Sometimes, my job is a series of non-sequiturs. Here’s an e-mail that Mr. Candidate sent me in response to my letting him know that he’s in the wrong physical location for me to consider.

—–Original Message—–

Dear John –

Thank you for responding to our need for Marketing talent. At this time, we are pursuing several local candidates living in the greater Seattle, Washington area. If none of the local candidates work, we will begin to consider candidates outside of the Pacific Northwest. If you choose to relocate, please let us know when you are physically in the territory, and we can discuss if we have an opening that matches your skills and abilities.

Good luck in your search!

I’m doing my due diligence – trying to keep the applicants informed about the reason he’s not getting interviewed. At this point, 90% of the candidates will say thanks and good luck.

Not John. John decides to cop an attitude.

—–Original Message—–

Hi Troy,

Actually, I would not relocate to the Pacific NW unless a firm was willing to provide relocation assistance. I’m sure you would not move to Austin, TX for a job unless the employer was willing to provide assistance.

If this is not the case, I would recommend only looking at local candidates.

The firms I’m speaking with all provide relocation assistance, which is a normal cost of doing business to get qualified candidates.



Of course, we’re advertising this opportunity as a junior level job, and specifically note that no relocation is provided. We already state that we’re only considering local candidates.

Lecturing is always the best way to build rapport with the decision-makers. [NOT]


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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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