- Phone screen candidates
- Value your team’s time
- Keep a high bar for hiring
- Tell a candidate they’re bad
- Send them a surprise bill
- Threaten legal action in Australian civil court
Someone out there is taking matters into their own hands, for a little vigilante recruiter-trolling justice.
Every once in a while, the recruiting fails just speak for themselves:
Subject: these are pretty arousing
Hi. I like you.
What companies do you think of when you hear the phrase “highly backed start-up in San Francisco”? Maybe well-established companies like Square or Dropbox? Color, after they announced their $28M series B in 2011? Coursera, with their new $43M round?
You probably wouldn’t have guessed that the “highly backed start-up in San Francisco” was in Mountain View. Or that they IPO’d more than two years ago. Or that their founder & CEO left 4 years ago and is now a venture capitalist. By all accounts, LinkedIn is a great company. But they’re not in San Francisco. And at some point, you have to stop calling a company a startup. I’d wager you pass that point some time before you IPO.
Add that to the non-work email address from the 90’s and the many non-capitalized proper nouns, and we’ve got a winner for this week 🙂
So far today, four people have reported getting this enticing form letter fail in their email this morning. Below are two examples of Samsung rep “B.G.” earning his recruiting fees:
Though in a way, Travis said, ” I kind of appreciate the directness [..] no attempts at weird flattery (you came highly recommended to me through a colleague!)”
It’s all about increasing the top of the funnel and total transparency: We might be looking at the future of recruiting here.
Most recruiting emails don’t make me laugh out loud just from reading the subject. This was not one of those emails.
A lot of the fails on this blog come from form letters. They’re so tempting! How else are you supposed to store a company document that needs to be consistent across positions, but will need data filled in each time?
Actually… a “mad-libs” style form letter builder with error checking before print would be a nice weekend project. Patent pending!
Oxford commas aside, you’d think this offer letter would’ve made the cut of documents that get the once-over before sending… but not so. This comes from a friend who recently got a job offer on the east coast. And lest this seem trivial: it did make the candidate laugh at the company for such an obvious mistake, send it around to his friends, and wonder – just a bit – how interested they actually were.
We all make mistakes. But hiring managers, take note: there’s no amount of all caps, colors, etc that will do the reminding for you 100% of the time. Without a double-checking process outside of the document itself, it’s just a ticking time-bomb.