How NOT to get a job

Today Last week at my job, we got an email for a Customer Service position that was entertaining, and at first sounded interesting.

He made 1 seriously fatal flaw. Let me set the scene a bit.

In the interest of some degree of privacy, I won’t give you all of the details, but the young man was extremely enthusiastic and interesting. His email lacked a resume because, according to him, he was on a borrowed computer but would send it later. He also compared his job skills to a couple of super-heroes who were beneath him in skill level. It was an entertaining read.

So here’s where he killed himself.

In the 3rd paragraph, he described his previous clients as “douchebags” and “morons.”

Now, I know we all say disparaging things about former clients and vent about current ones to friends and family (Hi Chris) but you NEVER say things like that to a potential employer when you’re seeking a customer service position. If you tell me up-front that you’re going to hate our clients and think nasty things about them (and put it in writing) then you’re not getting the job.

I actually wrote him back pointing out the folly of his ways and inviting him to not waste his time or mine with sending in the resume as I wasn’t interested.

Am I wrong here? Tell me what you think. I want to know.

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4 thoughts on “How NOT to get a job

  1. Millady

    That’s hilarious!

    That’s like Job Hunting 101, you weren’t wrong and very nice to point out he was an idiot.

    Believe me there have been so many times when it’s been hard to smile and say, “Yes that was the best experience in my career” (NO I’m not referring to my time at CWB!)

  2. Blaine

    This reminds me of a former classmate who once applied at the Sword and Shield. Niki and I interviewed him. He tanked the interview. I know this; when we did mock interviews in class, he dressed in a suit for the purposes of the assignment. He also complained that his parents were forcing him to get a job. He showed up for the S&S interview in a T-shirt and ripped jeans, saying that the place looked like “a nice, relaxed place to work.”

    I’ve interviewed a lot of people over the years now. There are some that make gaffs like this that make me wonder if they’re trying to make it look like they are job hunting to some third party, but they are trying to avoid actually getting one. This strikes me as one of those cases where there’s no chance of getting the job, but it still looks like they’re trying.

    Of course, S&S experience (where there were, after all, no prerequisite skills for the minimum wage position) convinced me that there are really and truly people out there who are utterly devoid of common sense.

  3. brian levy

    Hey Jeff
    That is WAY too funny…in a tragic kind of way. I watch actors fail often in audition…but one failure in particular stands out. An actor who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons walked into the studio on a call back for a commercail. I was sitting at the end of the table…to my right were the director, writer and art director from the ad agency, the agency producer and the production house producer. Full house. The performance lights were up in the studio and from the door when you enter it is difficult to see beyond them until your eyes adjust. The actor came into the room proceeded by my assistant who had their photo/resumes and was with another actor who he was to play the scene with. As they enter this actor turns to the other holds up the copy and says…’I wonder who wrote this crap?’ – the other actor says nothing…and a half moment later a voice from behind the table says…’I did’. The look on the actors face said it all…he had no idea there was an ‘audience’…needless to say he turned and left. It wasn’t so funny at the time, but by the end of the session they were peeing themselves…and the rest is legend.

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