HR Disasters: How NOT to Hire

It’s Friday the 13th, so we at Online Human Resources wanted to share something special with you. While this exchange may be offensive to any real HR professional, it’s also humorous, and a perfect example of how NOT to handle yourself in HR. Unfortunately for this recruiter, his unprofessional antics caught up with him in the most public possible way.

Robert, the job-seeker, had a profile up on Monster.com which very specifically stated he was ONLY interested in positions in the Columbus, Ohio area. This didn’t stop the recruiter, who we’ll call Bill (although protecting his identity is probably futile at this point) from sending him this job description:

. . . . .I’m not sure where you are in your job search currently, but knowing your skillset I thought you would be interested in hearing about this challenging position,” The HR “professional” begins.

….You will be Located at the global HQ, in beautiful Northwest Arkansas, home to about 450,000 people. Enjoy all the amenities of a metro-area, with the feel of a laid-back college town. Live near the gorgeous Ozark Mountains, you’ll have 4 seasons, beautiful lakes, streams, Direct Jet Service to every major city in the country, No crime, great schools and fantastic low cost of living!!!

Thank you,
Bill Smith*

*Name changed to protect identity

Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:18 PM
To: [xxxxx]
Subject: Re: .Net Programmer/Developer career Opp – fortune 500!!!

Since you got my resume off of Monster, I’m sure you saw in my profile that I’m only interested in jobs in Columbus, Ohio, because you surely check these things before firing off e-mails.

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM, [xxxxx] wrote:

A lot of people are open to other options, outside of what they put on Monster. Now I know why you’re looking for a job – because you’re a smartass LOL, you d*%k.

From: [Robert]
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:26 PM
To: [xxxxxxx]
Subject: Re: .Net Programmer/Developer career Opp – fortune 500!!!

And I know why you’re shotgunning jobs – you’re an unprofessional hack.

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM, [xxxxxxx] wrote:

Maybe, but I’ll make 250k this year, while you’re unemployed lol

From: [Robert]
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:29 PM
To: [xxxxxxx]
Subject: Re: .Net Programmer/Developer career Opp – fortune 500!!!

Actually, I’m not. But then again, to know that, you would have to read my resume. Something real recruiters do, by the way.

You’re quite amusing, really.

On Apr 12, 2012 4:34 PM, [xxxxxxx] wrote:

I’m amused as well, this is fun. You must really love your job, considering you’re looking for a new one. By the way, does you current employer know you’re looking? J

From: [Robert]
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:55 PM
To: [xxxxxxx]
Subject: RE: .Net Programmer/Developer career Opp – fortune 500!!!

Yes.

And you must love yours, too, leaving an email trail like this one.

From: [xxxxxxx]
Date: Apr 12, 2012 5:00 PM
Subject: RE: .Net Programmer/Developer career Opp – fortune 500!!!
To: [Robert]

Ummm, since I own the company, I’d yes, I do like my job. Regarding theis email, you can rest assured I’m not a damn bit worried about this. You smartoff to me, you’re not gonna like the response. Also, I will make sure all 247 IT staffing firms in my network see this email, so they can redflag you, just as I have. Good luck in your job search hahahahahah

This my friends, is an example of what not to do, if you want to be successful in HR. I could go over every detail regarding what this guy did wrong, but I just. . . can’t.  I have faith that my readers already know. So instead, happy Friday the 13th!

 

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