NotJobs: How Not to Get the Recruiter to Call

18 February 2009 at 11:50PM Leave a comment

1937 TelephoneKris Dunn has a great blog at HR Capitalist. A few days ago Kris posted a take on how candidates kill their chances with voice mail. Here’s a snippet:

Press ‘1’ To Eliminate Yourself Immediately As a Candidate…

Just called a strong candidate back after a phone interview to set up a face-to-face session.  Hadn’t gotten her voice mail yet in the process.  Got it this time – BAM!!!  I’m treated to 30 seconds of a profane Notorious B.I.G track before the innocent, professional voice I was expecting comes through over the track during the chorus.  Professional position, 50-60K job.  Bye-Bye…

It would be the same deal whether it was Marilyn Manson or Larry the Cable Guy.  Market to me, the recruiter.  Don’t take risky chances with your brand when I call.

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Entry filed under: NotJobs, Phone Phollies.

How not to get a job…or then ridiculousness ensued Tips: The Denver List

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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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