How Not To Apply

There is new (somewhat absurd) policy in my company, which states that I have to interview technical support staff. I suppose there is a grain of common sense involved, seeing as I am best equipped to gauge their communication skills.

So today, HR hooked me up with an interviewee. I received the Google meeting invite mid-morning, with an attached resume. Great. The meeting was in the evening, so I didn’t bother with it just right then.

Just as an aside, I set very little store by resumes. People either embellish them, or are so incapable of communicating well that they turn in ridiculously short summaries of their lives. I merely glance at them to get some ideas for conversation.

I was surprised to see that the resume was short. Really short. Half a page, if I’m being generous. Okaaaaay.

But the real kicker was when I looked at the last section, something along the lines of “What I learned at the the previous job.” I am paraphrasing here, because confidentiality and such. The description spanned two lines, and read:

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Proofread, people. It’s important. The odd typo is fine, but this? It lost the poor chap the job.


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