NotJobs: Too Much Information

1 September 2008 at 4:27PM 1 comment

Last month, a woman code named “The Recruiter” started documenting some of the more interesting ways she’s seen people talk themselves out of getting hired. Her blog is called “How Not to Get a Job“. The story she published on 20 August documents an experience that many of us in the headhunting trade experience with Too Much Information. Here are the details of a candidate’s response when asked Standard Interview Question #2, “So, why did you leave your previous position?”:

He once again stopped taking his meds and one fateful day The Director announced a new buying process was going into place with a new software package. Joe took this personally, although the package was designed to make everyone’s job easier, Joe in his altered mental state threatened to get his twelve-gauge and blow The Director away (talk about shooting the messenger.)

Now the story is horrific, but what came after the story was worse. Some of you might be sympathizing with poor Joe right now, but you have to understand, he told this story, and then tried to say that ABC company fired him without cause. I remember the last line specifically, “It’s not like I could actually shoot him, the police had already taken all of my guns.”

Her experience is (unfortunately) common, and her advice is levelheaded. Don’t share too much information.

PS. Note to “The Recruiter”: Welcome to the blogosphere!


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  • 1. therecruiterblog  |  2 September 2008 at 1:56PM


    Thank you for reading my blog and using my story in yours. I will be sure to return the favor soon. -The Recruiter
    P.S. I have added a link for your blog onto mine.


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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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