Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Offensive Candidate Voice Mail Greeting...Please Edit!

I can't believe it happened again...offensive candidate voice mail greeting...and yes, it has now eliminated this candidate from consideration.

I immediately thought of this post by Kris over at The HR Capitalist titled, Press "1" To Eliminate Yourself As a Candidate.

Here's the scenario: On paper you've found a candidate that is a perfect match for the position you are looking to fill. As you look at their resume you can see that their education, work history, experience, and knowledge - basically every qualification you are looking for is included in this resume. You're next step is to get on the phone with the candidate for a phone-screen and to get them started through your process. You dial their number and to your surprise you don't hear a ring but a song starts to play. You are then treated to some of the most explicit lyrics you have ever heard - so bad you've never even heard this song played on the radio.

Check out this quote from Kris's post...I'm treated to 30 seconds of a profane Notorious B.I.G track before the innocent, professional voice I was expecting comes through over the track during the chorus. Professional position, 50-60K job. Bye-Bye...

Now what? Do you leave a message to schedule a phone-screen or are you done with this candidate?

For me, I'm done with this one and will move on to the next qualified candidate...

Candidates, for those of you out there that are one, please edit your voice mail greeting during this job search process. You may have just spent $1.99 for this greeting but the payoff for getting a new job is worth much more than what you spent on the greeting.

During this experience I immediately thought of George Costanza and his answering machine greeting. I know it's not the same situation but play the clip and listen to the message - many would say that it's just as offensive as the explicit lyrics...

Enjoy!


2 comments:

Chelsea said...

Even if the song is not explicit or offensive, it's unprofessional and leaves an exceedingly poor first impression.

Advice to candidates: if you absolutely insist on using these services, use the restrictions offered by your cell phone company. 1) You can set them so they only play when a familiar number calls (your friends, rather than prospective employers), or
2) Set up the tones so they are only played after 7pm (when you're less likely to be receiving work related calls).

Jacob Johansen said...

Oh this is just silly! Any employer who doesn't have a lighter side is not one that I want to work for...