Meet the Foot-in-Mouth Gang

Meet the Foot-in-Mouth Gang

by Kerry Scott on 20 November 2009


Sometimes candidates say dumb things.  Here are some dumb things people have said to some of my colleagues lately:

  • One candidate said knew he was a little “green behind the ears.”
  • Another candidate submitted a resume that mentioned his “gun hoo” personality twice.
  • A candidate submitted a resume that was six pages long and made the business case for a salesperson to “network” through golf.  He wanted to be sure he’d have country club privileges, because he felt there was a direct correlation between golf and sales.
  • An applicant, when filling out the part of the application where you state your job duties, wrote that his previous job required him to “do the cashiers at the end of the shift.”

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Emily November 20, 2009 at 11:14 am

I used to do hiring for a grocery store. My two favorite application phrases were
Previous Experience as a Night Stalker
abbreviating the title Assistant Manager to Ass. Man. or Ass. Manager

laurie ruettimann November 20, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I want country club privileges.
.-= laurie ruettimann´s last blog ..F@%k It Friday: Happiness =-.

Dan November 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm

1. At least you don’t have to worry about him being overqualified. Nothing scares *me* more than walking into a job being underqualified, and being made the scape goat when things don’t work out. And why would they bother with me if they thought I couldn’t do the job? Maybe they’re desperate because they’re cheap, and people who aren’t green behind the ears won’t work for that little money.

3. I happen to think that the golf guy might be right. Was he really that dumb, or was he just dumb for not waiting until getting to the final rounds before making that “demand”?

JobHuntWiz November 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm

If the job had country club privileges, the line would be a mile long…. I’ve had a colleague tell me about a sales candidate that said he would tatoo the company motto on his forearm to show his dedication. I’m not even that dedicated.

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