Fun Friday: Cursing Out Your Candidates

Oh boy… this one should be called “Foolish Friday.” David Otto, President of Administrative Employer Services, a Detroit-area Professional Employer Organization (PEO), found himself in the news yesterday for calling a potential candidate a “spoiled, snotty little ‘b*tch’” via email. Here’s how the scenario apparently went down:

  1. Otto contacted Tiffany Sinclair on an employment website to fill a position for his expanding company.
  2. When he looked over her resume, he encountered a ‘glaring misspelling.’ Otto sent her an e-mail suggesting she check her resume for spelling errors. After a couple of exchanges, things apparently got pretty ugly. Take a look at the video below.

There are a couple of things to think about here, from a recruiter’s perspective:

    • A phone was never picked up! We all know that context, voice inflection, and emotion are essentially lost in email exchanges. Had someone picked up the phone to clarify the situation, name-calling almost certainly could have been avoided.
    • No matter how annoying or rude a candidate may be toward you (and I’m sure many of you have some horror stories!) it never does you any good as a recruiter (or a business owner especially) to vent your frustrations directly to that potential candidate.

      Some things the job-seeker should consider:

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      • All the job-seeker needed to do was thank Otto for his observation, correct him, and move on.
      • As a job-seeker, being snarky toward someone who could potentially offer you a job will get you absolutely nowhere.
      • Bonus advice: taking a story like this to the media won’t help you land a job, either.

      So, recruiters, whom would you side with in this little skirmish? Who was in the wrong here? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

      Amybeth Quinn began her career in sourcing working within the agency world as an Internet Researcher. Since 2002, she has worked in both agency and corporate sourcing and recruiting roles as both individual contributor and manager, and also served previously as the editor of The Fordyce Letter, and, with ERE Media. These days she's working on some super cool market intelligence and data analytics projects. You can connect with her on Twitter at @researchgoddess.


      6 Comments on “Fun Friday: Cursing Out Your Candidates

      1. Could the recruiter put on a suit for the TV interview?

        Always curse via phone…Its much more fun to yell the curse words than type them. That and his sweatpants are his only mistake! 🙂

      2. Thom – now THAT is an appropriate response from a candidate. I’ve had typos on articles in the past (I know.. can you believe it!?) and have had readers privately email me to point them out. I’m always appreciative of those catches 🙂

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