Don’t Make Another Call Until You Watch This

“So,” you say to the prospect on the other end of the phone, “What did you W-2 last year.”

Uh-huh. “So how old are you?” Oops. “Sorry. When did you graduate?”

“Would you be willing to take a pay cut for the right opportunity?” “So what’s the bare minimum you have to live off of?”

Can’t you just hear yourself asking things like that? (Not that you ever ask how old. That’s something hiring managers do. Not a professional like you.)

Those are part of a collection of “S*** Recruiters Say” compiled into one of the funniest recruiting videos I’ve seen. Credit Betts Recruiting, a contingent and retained San Francisco firm, for coming up with the video.

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“Every now and then,” Betts blogged when the video went up on You Tube, “it’s fun to poke at the cliches heard around the office.”

So, take off the headset for 2 minutes and enjoy the show.


John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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