Posts tagged ‘cell phone’

How Not to Get a Job: Cell Phone Follies I

1937 TelephoneAs a recruiter, I’ve become a connoisseur of telephonic communications. Last week, I had one of those telephone encounters that made me want to reach through the wire and slap some politeness into the caller. Here’s what happened:

  1. Place a call to a male candidate via the number identified on the resume as a cell phone (only number on resume).
  2. Get his voice mail message.
  3. Have a slightly panicked co-worker arrive with an urgent question just at this time.
  4. Drop the call to help the co-worker.
  5. Take just under two minutes to help co-worker answer urgent question.
  6. Answer ringing phone.
  7. Hear an irate female voice demand to know, “Who just called this number????” (No preliminaries or introductions, just the blatant demand for identification.)
  8. I proved my name and employer.
  9. Irate female blesses me out for bothering her, then hangs up.
  10. Double-check number on caller ID to confirm it was the same number on resume. It was.

I can only think of two things as a response:

  1. Don’t put your girlfriend’s phone number on your resume; and/or
  2. Double-check your resume, including ensuring that you list the correct phone number.

Jody Gilbert has more on TechRepublic on the 10 telephone blunders that could hurt your image.

Way up to the north and west, the folks at have an interesting and useful article on Voice Mail for Job Seekers, eh?

4 June 2012 at 12:30AM Leave a comment

NotJobs: 6 Reasons You Failed the Phone Interview

1937 TelephoneAlison Green blogs at Ask a Manager, and writes as an outside voice for US News & World Report. Her recent article about phone interviews details six ways how not to get a job:

6 Reasons You Failed the Phone Interview

Alison Green

Here are some ways to quickly fail the phone interview:

1. Not displaying a grasp of what the job is all about.
2. Not asking any questions.
3. Not paying attention to tone of voice.
4. Having an overly casual manner.
5. Giving longwinded answers.
6. Missing the call.

Ms. Green has some good advice, so go see the full article. Let me add one of my own:

7. Using a Cheesy Cell Phone. Nothing enhances your interview image like a partial connection that hisses, pops and drops every third syllable. My advice is to double-check your coverage, and plan to use a land-line where ever possible. Oh – and just because you can do a phone interview while walking down a busy urban street doesn’t mean you should. The honking and traffic noises will interfere with your interview.

[Yes, this has actually happened. A sales candidate did this during an interview a few years back. He tried to do have the interview standing next to a bus, and the exhaust noise drowned out his voice. He didn’t get the job.]

6 September 2008 at 3:08PM Leave a comment

How Not to Get a Job: Take that Call

1937 TelephoneIn an article titled “Can This Interview Be Saved?”, author Hans H. Chen provides an example of how not to get a job:

“I heard a story about a woman interviewing for a job, and she was doing well,” said Barbara Pachter, an author and president of Pachter and Associates, a New Jersey business etiquette firm. “And then her cell phone began ringing. She answered the cell phone, had a conversation, and then started to scream at her kids, because it was her kids who called. She went on and on, and then turned to her interviewer and said, ‘Oh, my kids will never call me from work.’ She didn’t get the job. And there’s nothing she could have done to recover from that faux pas.”

1 May 2007 at 12:04AM Leave a comment

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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