Monday, August 22, 2011

Picking and Choosing

We're always taking applications at our store and when we are hiring, we look over all of them and decide to call the ones that sound the best.

A word of advice. If you are putting applications in at places, make sure the voicemail on your phone is professional.

I called someone the other day to schedule an interview and I got her voicemail. Normally I would leave a message, but when I listened to her message, I decided otherwise.

Her voicemail message was of a baby crying the whole time. So instead I just hung up and won't be calling her back.

I think it's unprofessional and it just makes me think that she will call off a lot due to a crying or sick baby. That may not be the case at all, and she may be very responsible and a hard worker, but I didn't get that impression from her voicemail.

If you want a job, don't be an idiot.

That girl just ruined her chances of having the privilege of working with yours truly. Oh well, her loss.


  1. I remember when I was 15 and had my first cell phone. I thought it was cool to say on my voicemail, "It's the voicemail, you know what to do." Thank goodness I wasn't looking for a job at the time!!!

  2. If the voicemail is unprofessional? No pile.

    Have one of those annoying ringback tones instead of a normal ringer? No pile.

    Email address: - Definitely no pile.

    Listing "Captain of Team Neville Longbottom" as your one and only entry under work experience? No. Just no.

    I really have no idea what is wrong with people. I wish I could say that it is only the "youth" of today doing things like this, but you'd be surprised how many resumes I get from grown adults that are just horrendous.

  3. We have a question on our apps that asks, "Describe a time when you gave or were given good customer service." Pretty simple, right? I can't tell you the number of people who put "IDK" on that one, as if they're responding to a text with one of their moron friends! But the winning entry goes to the one who replied, "I've never had either, so if you don't like it, well then that's just too bad for you." VERBATIM. I laughed so hard, I almost shit my pants!! And that was the one that started our personal Application Wall of Shame...*evil grin* And some of the email addresses make me wonder what kind of people are walking around in this world, I tell ya. LOL

  4. Oh, for me, the inappropriate email address is a total deal killer. It takes .03 seconds, and is free, to set up an email account with a professional-sounding address. If you can't be bothered to do that, I can't be bothered to hire you.



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