How NOT to get hired…or IS IT ME??

Cheryl Kees Clendenon Business, In Detail Says 8 Comments

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ok, I have ranted on FB and now am doing it here…I mean after all, what good is it to have a blog if you cannot complain a bit?

I am actively looking for a design assistant. In Florida, we employers will now be paying like a bazillion more percent for unemployment insurance. You know it is that economy thing I keep hearing about. But, I would like to know why, then, I cannot find anyone who seems to make it through an interview? Let me be clear. I have a great staff. More than great. Stellar. I just want one more eeensy weensy stellar person. Is it so much to ask?

Case in point: Yesterday interviewed a gal, (and I know she is not reading this because she did not have enough gumption to find out anything about me before sending a “Dear Manager” cover letter) who was very nice. Punctual and well groomed. But she had a fatal flaw. Well, the one I saw first and could not get over. She chewed gum during the interview.

I could not lose sight of the gum. Every time I tried to think of something to ask her that seemed nice enough, while really trying to get on with my afternoon, I focused on the gum. Yeah it was a deal killer. Don’t you think people have a clue? Is this the REAL reason why there is such high unemployment? Employers have tired of the lack luster attitudes and ho hum abilities to even manage an interview adequately? I would go ballistic if one of my employees or designers was chewing gum in front of a client. Or me. Consider it a perk of my position. No gum chewing in front of “da  boss lady”.

Queen Diva

I am not opposed to nice smelling breath mind you, but that is why they have that great little spray thingy. Buy it. Leave the gum at home for quietly gnashing in private. In your closet. Just don’t apply for a job with me.

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  1. You set high expectations, Miss Da Boss; you are bound for a fall. Here we are, social networking/trendy e-marketing junkies, putting it out there (hopefully) for the world to respond.. and this poor supplicant, looking for a leg up, shows her pretty face at your door, fully engaged in a positive marketing response to the scads of breath-freshening, zippy, joie-de-vivre, gen x gum offerings… and she is stigmatized from the get-go. Sorry – I agree with you wholeheartedly!

  2. I don’t chew gum often… probably because it would prevent me from walking at the same time. I don’t think it’s a good idea when driving either. Should be illegal –like talking on a cell phone.

    A long, long time ago (before there were computers and blogs) people could light up in the work place. Can you imagine somebody smoking in an interview?!

    I see you are holding a glass of wine. Hope you weren’t doing THAT during the interview! On the other hand, I can see how wasting your time interviewing gum-chewing morons could drive you to drink!

  3. I agree with you. The lack of professionalism in today’s workforce is appalling. It seems to be part of “the world owes me”, undisciplined mentality and lack of true personal pride in yourself. I mean, if they can’t show a little personal pride and professionalism for a few minutes during an interview – how are they going to represent your company and display professionalism to your clients?

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    hehhehh! Rich….you got me pegged! But, this was not a person who actually was informed..I mean really…I put it ON MY BLOG that I abhor gum chewing…surely any self respecting job applicant would bone up on the dang company you are interviewing with??? Surely???? Perhaps not. But, I did hire a really great gal shortly thereafter that is young and eager and smart! Yay for me!

  5. Yowza, don’t get me started here. Personal hygiene habits and poor office etiquette at work also drive me nuts. How do make me lose it in five minutes or less:
    #5) Taking personal calls at your desk every five minutes that are pure nonsense and non life threatening calls. Having your sister call to catch up on what you watched on TV last night is not appropriate in the work place.

    #4) Not cleaning up after yourself in the break room, after using the microwave, etc. We are not paying the cleaning service to pick up after you.

    #3) Coming to work dressed in flip flops, ripped jeans and a mid-driff shirt during a presentation day. Sorry we interrupted your day at the beach plans. Go home and change.

    #2) Snapping gum, chewing gum anywhere within ear shot of me.

    #1) The fastest way to send me over the edge: Clipping your nails at your desk. Runners up in this final category: Personal grooming at your desk including makeup application, flossing, picking at your ears or other orifice. Blowing your nose and digging until you have cleared all unwanted debris out of your breathing passage.

    I have encountered all of these and I have one suggestion people: Closed bathrooms and a big mirror.

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    Laurie..you crack me up! CAN you imagine anyone doing these things??? My staff is pretty awesome and they “may” be on the cell once or twice but typically are too busy to take personal calls…but since we are mommy friendly at in detail…I do let them keep the cell with them..on vibrate…I try to hire adults and that keeps probs to a minimum! And I mean adults of any age!

    I am lucky because we do have a crack daddy staff ..esp now that the one who was telling tall tales is gone….

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