Once I did a phone interview with a candidate for a travel agent position. This candidate had a flat Midwestern accent, which is pretty common here in Milwaukee.
The candidate answered all the questions reasonably well, and there were no red flags, and she seemed qualified, so I scheduled her for an in-person interview.
When she came in, she had a very strong Russian accent…because she was not the same person. She’d had someone else do the phone interview for her.
When confronted, she said she didn’t think we would notice the discrepancy, because HR people are “not that good.” Then she said she was pretty sure she could learn to be a travel agent on the fly, because she knew how to use Windows and Microsoft Works, and she liked to travel, and (the best part) that she had been to the Mall of America twice and could book people for trips there.
Tales of the Cluefree appear pretty much every Friday. Past stories are here.
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