HR Survey: Why qualified people don't get hired

HR Survey: 10 reasons why qualified candidates don’t get hired for the job

Peter Harris|

In an ideal world, the job would go to the most qualified candidate. However, there are many reasons why you might not get hired for a job – even if you have all of the skills and experience to successfully do the work. Sometimes an internal candidate has the edge, or another applicant has a friend on the hiring committee. Other times, candidates simply kill their own chances of getting hired.

I once spoke with a candidate who had a brilliant resume and who seemed like she would be awesome at the job she had applied to. However, in our conversation it quickly came out that she didn’t have much of an understanding of what our company actually did, and she had obviously never read any of the existing editorial on the website. She didn’t even seem particularly interested in it. I ended up hiring a much less experienced candidate who had done her research and clearly demonstrated a passion to contribute to the work we were doing.

I told this story to a group that included many recruiters and hiring managers. They had their own opinions and stories of about why otherwise qualified candidates get rejected. Because of the nature of their jobs and the anecdotes they shared, the panel has asked not to be identified in this article.

Here are ten reasons other than your qualifications why employers won’t hire you:

    You aren’t very savvy on social media

    When you’re looking for a job, social media is more media than it is social. Remember that anything you publish has the potential to be broadcast to unforeseen audiences. Even if you have strict privacy settings, it is possible for someone inside your network to copy and share photos or posts.

    Employers will Google you and look you up on social media sites. In a recent Workopolis survey, almost half – 48% – of companies said they have turned down candidates based on what they see on their social profiles. Here at Workopolis, we recently looked up a candidate whose Facebook profile picture revealed him wearing only a sock. (Not on his foot.) Your profile picture isn’t private. Choose it much more wisely than that guy.

    A sales manager shared the story of a candidate with a brilliant resume who interviewed well, but who didn’t get the job because he was smoking or holding a bong in what seemed like every photo ever taken him.

    You’ve got a bad attitude

    We’ve all met candidates who come into an interview and start complaining about their former boss or coworkers, they grumble about their past work as if this will show why they’re motivated to make a change. It doesn’t show that at all. It just makes them look like complainers. Employers want to hire upbeat, positive team members.

    And then there are the strange attitudes. On recruiter told me the story of Franklin Worthington the Third, who referred to himself as such on his resume, and who spoke of himself in the third person. “When Franklin takes on a project, Franklin succeeds.” Franklin didn’t get the job. And given that there is so little chance of the employer mistaking you for your ancestors, you can leave “The Third” off your resume.

    You don’t do any research

    As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, not doing your research can cost you the job. Employers want to hire candidates who know about their industry and its challenges, and who have thought about ways that they can contributed to the company’s success. If your first question to the interviewer is, “So, what does this company do?” you won’t be getting the call. (And hiring managers do get asked that very question.)

    You smell bad

    Smokers often use a cigarette to calm their nerves. And job interviews can be nerve wracking. However, if you walk into the interview right after having that cigarette, the chances are that you are going to reek of smoke. That can be a turn off for many people.

    The last thing you want to do in a job interview is give the employer a reason not to like you. The same goes for heavy cologne or perfume use. You never know who has allergies, sensitivities or simple distaste for the scent. Play it safe, go in clean and fresh.

    You’re sloppy

    Proofread your resume and cover letter. So many recruiters told me that this was the deal-breaker that they most often see in candidates. Misused words, spelling mistakes and typos all make it look like you can’t write properly, you don’t pay attention to detail, or you just don’t care that much. Any of those can keep you from being hired.

    Your resume makes you seem like a weirdo or a pain

    A Toronto recruiter is still puzzling over the man she didn’t hire who had an otherwise strong resume until he listed his interests as “a passion for guns and stuffed owls.” Keep all of the information on your resume relevant to the job you’re applying for. There’s no need to list hobbies or interests.

    Another recruiter told me about receiving a resume that stated in the objective statement: “Must be for a company that highly values diversity and sustainability.” It’s not that the employer didn’t value those things, it’s that by making it the opening line of the resume, the candidate made himself look like he’d be a pain in the butt to work with. You need to show an employer why they would want to hire you in the first place before you start making demands about their values.

    Another candidate closed his resume with the line, “Given my obvious qualifications, if I am not selected for this position, I expect to be informed of why.” I imagine they’re still waiting for that phone call.

    You’re desperate

    While it’s good to be enthusiastic about the role, employers are turned off by candidates who seem simply desperate for a job. It’s a fine line: you have to play it cool, but not too cool. Display confidence without being cocky.

    You have no references

    If you can’t find people who will speak well of your work and professionalism, you’re in trouble. I’ve told the story before of the candidate who handed over a typed list of three references, and then she pointed to the first one and said, “But don’t call this one.” After a few seconds thought, she added of another, “Better not call this one either.”

    One candidate gave a recruiter three reference letters. Because the font type and style of all three were very similar, the recruiter decided to call the recruiters to verify. It turns out that the letters were indeed fake. However the worst thing about the story is that all three people called said that until they heard of the bogus reference letters, they actually would have been happy to recommend the candidate.

    Trust your references. Tell them about the job you’re applying for and ask if they would be willing to recommend you for it. If you can’t use your former boss, find someone else at the company that you worked with. (If there’s really no one out there who will speak well of your work, then references likely aren’t your biggest problem.)

    You don’t look the part

    A job interview isn’t a fashion show, and you don’t have to be a super model. For the most part it’s enough to look well groomed, professional and respectful. This means dressing up a little more than you normally would to show that you care and that you take the interview seriously. Here at Workopolis we did pass on a candidate who turned up for the interview in shorts and hiking boots. Read that story.

    You have unrealistic salary expectations

    Of course you know how much money you’d like to earn – and what perks you’d like to have from your employer. But if your expectations are unrealistic, or you’re too demanding or inflexible, it will turn employers off. Do your research, find out the salary range that jobs like yours pay in your area, and be willing to negotiate for the best deal you can get.

Finding a job is hard, and the competition can be fierce. But if you keep getting turned down for jobs that you know you’re qualified for, maybe it’s time to make sure that you’re not inadvertently acting in one of the ways that repels most employers.

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Peter Harris
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  • Sandra Davenport

    This is very helpful. I’ve taken notes. Thank you.

  • blink

    And you’re over 50 so you never even get an interview

    • Çapulcu MacLean

      as I’m finding out….

    • therimisrolled

      .. BTW, That’s really not as simple as it looks.

    • Matt

      Here is the attitude that succeeds:
      – Supportive of others (No LOL Yeah…)
      – Humble (No ‘I have enough education to…’)
      – Taking responsibility (No ‘If [something external] I would’)
      – Positive (No insulting employers)
      It’s not enough to have attitude, you need to have the right attitude.

    • dan silver

      Make your own work experience. It shows initiative even if if it pays very little. In your cover letter say that is why you are being entrepreneurial, to get experience and continuing professional development.

    • Kate Shaw

      My sister got an interview, and the first thing the kiddie who interviewed her said was “I had no idea you where that old!:”

    • goof

      Lol, it’s that attitude… nothing more. I’m all about hiring veterans with calm nerves, insight, and plenty of time to commit to the job, but I see right through any fascade when a person with this attitude tries to bs me.

      And who are you to question or challenge me, just because you have experience? I have experience too and I probably have a lot more information with which to build the context of my decision. While I value the input of my employees, I certainly do not take well to being challenged by subordinates.

      • kristine08

        @disqus_iB5TsfNIAr:disqus You are a total arogant jerk, and your name, verifies this~

      • Pamela Kennedy

        And this is why they, who after all do make all the hiring decisions, won’t hire any of US who are older than they are. You already know you’re not going to get the job if you manage to make it to the interview somehow, and the person who’s interviewing you is half your age. Waste. Of. Your. Time.

    • Chris Desjardins

      40 you might as well die… Employers are a joke now a days
      want 20yrs with 10 yrs exp in social media

      • Patrick Kabongo Kabissel

        😀 can’t tell you! Sometimes can’t figure out what they really need. I got a kind of interview for an IT Trainer position for a very low pay rate but we could not figure out what were requirements; too much for for the position compared to the salary…At the end I just dropped. A year later, the position was still opened because that rare bird was not apparently born yet..

      • Pamela Kennedy

        And I know of some unemployable lawyers out there who would gladly take the case!

    • c sidey

      “amount of people” ….by weight or volume?

    • Toni Sykes

      What is the game then?

      • Fresh Start Careers

        @tonisykes:disqus Effective self-marketing – from resumes through interview skills and body language. Challenging, but feasible.

    • Toni Sykes

      Then thats cheap labour and exploitation. Once you do voluntary work, they expect it for nothing and they will never give you a paid job.

      • Pamela Kennedy

        That’s why you volunteer in places where they might give you free food or free stuff.

    • kristine08

      My son was required to do community service, all through high school. He was also traveling with the schools ROBOTIC TEAM. He had no time for a paying job.
      He is home from UCONN, for the summer, and so far, nobody will hire him, because of “no experience”. They are not even considering all the community work he did in and outside of the US.
      I feel bad that, his giving back, is costing him not getting hired for even a summer position.

      • Karen

        My son is home for the summer as well and nobody wants to hire a short timer. But what’s the difference of hiring someone who will leave in 3 months but return during their winter and spring breaks for the next few years versus someone you hire and train and they suck at it or decide they don’t like the job?

    • kate

      Do volunteer work, looks great on CV knock on doors, they will rip your hands off

    • Mercurychick

      Doesn’t work Patrick. Many recruiters think internships are cute, but not good enough.

    • Shaun Hammel

      that was one long paragraph of blah.

    • Pamela Kennedy

      Meaning, probably a minority.

    • Pamela Kennedy

      No, not really – I recently applied to volunteer at the food bank warehouse and got the email response that there were no openings at the present. Really, even for THAT?!

  • Roustam

    From my own personal experience, I have to admit that all 10 reasons mentioned above really make sense to me. Don’t be too desperate, make sure that you look, smell and sound good, be cautious and courteous, but don’t be afraid. Follow those patterns and your chance of winning the job of your dreams will surely soar,

    • therimisrolled

      I see some REAL reasons that aren’t included at all in the list…

      Every company says they’re equal opportunity employers… and that they expect their candidates to be honest… Well, I’ve got news for those who really believe that they actually do!

  • TheSharpenedPen

    If you’re on Facebook – get off of it as soon as possible. People have been charged, fined, demoted, dressed down and fired for the most inane things. Facebook will definitely hurt your employability chances. Think of it as a voluntary version of the NSA spy program and go from there. If you really must have a facebook account, keep it a skeleton – don’t flesh it out with too many details of your personal life.

    • Canucky Woman

      Um, do people not realize there’s such a thing as privacy settings? Employers don’t have to see a damned thing if they’re set up correctly.

  • TheSharpenedPen

    Thumbs down for the truth? I’m used to that :)

    • Canucky Woman

      An opinion. Which I disagree with.

      But I wouldn’t be so conceited as to assume my opinion as “truth.”

  • tokoloshiman

    so what is valued – falseness – a fake desire to always want to have worked for the company applied to because its so great etc- even if its a sewerage plant. ( “yes i’ve always dreamed of being a sewage plant worker and reveling in al the muck@! since i was a little child” how about a bit of reality in job interviews instead of faux attributes and shallow claims learned by rote to “fit in”. What the interviewers miss is the ingenuity of man , his ability to adjust his innovativeness and drive to scucceed, the inner things they cannot see.
    Act like a robot in other words and fit in to be the sheep yes man they really want and for as little as possible outlay!.
    PS i did recruiting and placement work very successfully myself !

    • Pamela Kennedy

      Really – tell that to the Sciences, Maths, and Law fields. Yeah, didn’t think so.

  • TheKurgan

    She was speechless because she couldn’t tell you why you weren’t hired. Lack of oral skills.

  • TheSharpenedPen

    They don’t hire ‘guys’ to be more succinct.

  • Older & Wiser

    I am 58 years of age and I have never struggled as much with finding employment as this past year or so. I had an interview with a Pediatrician in Surrey who upon walking into the interview, took one look at me and said,”Well at least we don’t have to worry about you running off and getting pregnant.” What a jackass !! This was a man who supposedly loved children, yet getting pregnant was considered a liability. Not to mention that being over a certain age was considered unacceptable. The work force has an attitude toward older employees. What is so shameful, is that the best thing about getting older is the wisdom that you aquire over the years. Do all these youngsters and corporate fools think we don’t get it?

    • Gerald

      Disheartening story Tallulah, sorry to hear about it. I’m sure others have pointed out in similar ideas in other threads but…Anyone with even a little experience in the ‘work-force’ (to some extend ‘the great unwashed’) knows that there is a through and through psycho or otherwise completely dysfunctional person in nearly EVERY work environment. Probably not much consolation now but you are almost certainly better off not working in an environment where your employer values the twisted sentiments of some troubled person over the benefits of having a quick learning newcomer, who they clearly wanted to employee otherwise they wouldn’t have hired you in the first place. In a real sense, it’s their loss, not yours.

  • TheSharpenedPen

    Western, ‘diversified’ societies try to make the claim that white males have some sort of ‘advantage’ over other groups – I guess this is despite the racial and gender quotas with which they have to contend, the denial of scholarships, government programs and bursaries offered to other groups,..

    There’s just one huge problem – who are the majority of the homeless? They’re men, and in most cases, white men. In some cases black men make up the majority of the homeless, but no where in the western world do women outnumber men living on the streets, nor even come close.

    White men even make up the majority of the homeless in places like Scarborough and Toronto (Canada) where they are clearly a minority population. Elsewhere, in once-Great Britain, for example, women outpace men for employment, despite the fact that women take leaves from work to spend time with children, as they do elsewhere in the western world.

    In short, if it’s so great to be a ‘white male’ why does it suck so bad?

    Please note: I will undergo a race change operation as soon as these come available. A gender change, while no doubt helpful, would be psychologically too damaging I think.

  • Canucky Woman

    So it’s never the employer’s fault. Thanks for letting me know. Pffft.

    • therimisrolled

      Look at it this way… It seems even Workopolis admitted against seeing someone who is unique and prefers someone who is typical!

      • Canucky Woman

        Conform! Conform! Yecch.

  • TheSharpenedPen

    Western nations are dying. The job market and hiring policies are merely reflecting this fact.

  • Saboor Khan

    I think that people over 50 & from developing countries too must be given a chance to work in your esteemed country, i have been applying for quite sometime but am yet to get any positive response hoping to have an affirmative response
    saboor from Pakistan

    • Cindy

      no pls go to stinky Pakistan we don’t want you terrorist stinky ragheads here

  • Glen Wither

    Finding a good job today is akin to winning the lottery; it’s sheer luck of the draw. Since 2008, whatever trust, loyalty and unspoken deal that existed between a worker and the company leaders simply evaporated and never came back. The Great Recession carved out a great swath of experienced, productive and well paid workers and placed them on poggy, welfare, the street. Thousands of jobs simply disappeared and those whose skills and experience are in those industries can retrain on their dime if they have the money, and then hope to get an interview as an INexperienced worker who may only have ten or fifteen years of working life left. Oh, far too little says the recruiter. So most are simply done.

    Older workers are forced to retire earlier than planned, and to make the lifestyle sacrifices they never thought they’d need to make. Many of these folks have tried all the advice available out there, advice easily dispensed by those who are employed in the HR field, and found the recommendations a waste of time. yes, move to where the job is; but try and get a phone interview from a recruiter who doesn’t want to pay the expense of a flight for a candidate: “the second best will do and is located here thanks” is their thought.

    Now, some of the folks in this discussion have slammed the “Hot” locations for jobs. Places like Regina are great for young professionals or trade workers looking to get a lot of experience quickly, especially in the banks, insurance and government spaces, but Regina is a tough place to make home and the workplace is essentially a training depot with high turnover – that is why one see a lot of available jobs. And you do not want to get caught there when the Bust occurs – I know, I lived there when I started out.

    I believe one of the biggest factors at play for people like London Grey who are continually passed over is that the person who would be supervising and has the final say in a hire, doesn’t want to risk being shown-up by a better experienced and perhaps wiser underling, and risking their own job. Even if you are willing and able to take a down-step and take a back seat, it’s not you making the decision. Forget the mentoring, if companies wanted mentors they’d have retained them in their employ. They want cheap and malleable, and experience is just a commodity to many recruiters.And what is going on with those job ads? How many of us have looked them and thought: “what planet are these folks from?”.

    So who ultimately loses? Our nation, that’s who, and the corporations. And we need to be concerned about civil unrest rising as a result of this horrible employment problem. When WWII ended, jobs were hard to find but Canada made it possible through the Wartime Housing Act for veterans to buy homes easily. Why? Our leaders didn’t think it wise to have combat capable people wandering around with no stake in their country. A house, a family, a job, and a mortgage made them stakeholders. If you listen carefully, there is a growing undercurrent of unrest here and to the South, as more of the young forgo family, stable living-wage jobs remain rare, and housing becomes unaffordable. Smart people with nothing to lose are not unlike combat ready veterans. Unless employers get their act in gear on the hiring front and start spending the piles of accumulated cash, there will be trouble, lots of it. Time for a New Deal, methinks. Our government should start a real Action Plan by creating and airing ads focused on changing the mindset of employers to reconsider on-the-job training, understand the high value of older workers, and support programs like Ontario’s Training Initiative for Older Workers (50-64). Housing and living alternatives, like private cooperatives and Co-Living projects, zoning changes that allow more ‘granny flats’, need new government support and seed money, along with built examples worthy of broad emulation. If work has changed radically, then our personal expectations around wealth, housing and life style need to change as well, to new and desirable alternatives.

    So lets stop talking about how to write a better resume, or wear better clothing, or use our networks, these things are not a panacea, and the cards are stacked against the unemployed. Lets talk about what’s next, how can we make money and what the New Deal should look like. And remember, ultimately, if workers refuse, the masters must listen. Or do they just offshore the work? Humm. Thoughts anyone?

  • http://www.victoriatamara.net76.net/ Victoria Tamara Blog

    This is one of the downfalls regarding the mentality of Canadian business and the HR depts. The worse thing today with most companies is that they don’t even respond back or call. After submitting a resume or after an interview. But I can tell you thing, those business or companies, I would never recommend or support in the future…they don’t realize how their ignorance or actions will only hurt them in the long run.

    It’s true, if you are 40 or over, healthy, experience, etc…they will not hire you…

    and to make matters worse not even university students can acquire a job due to the lack of experience.

  • Gerald

    I absolutely love the sentiment noted in the last line of your post blink. You might be disappointed to find out that in my experience, this is actually a very common question. I’m mid-thirties and used to be in hospitality where this question was offered out to me on a few occasions during interviews. But of course hospitality attracts a younger crowd in the mid and sometimes upper management level so age differences can vary widely. I do agree with you that the question is age-ist, but the only thing I can say ‘in defense’ of this question is that this reality comes into play ALLOT in hospitality (and many other industries too I am sure). There are allot of people who out there who despite their ‘enhanced age’ despise taking direction from people half their age for reasons that (seem to be at least) based on nothing other than they don’t want to be told by a ‘young’un’ what to do. Not possible to say conclusively of course.

  • goof

    Just be happy you still have a use for those products :p

  • Jimbotron

    Quote from the article above: “I told this story to a group that included many recruiters and hiring managers. They had their own opinions and stories of about why otherwise qualified candidates get rejected. Because of the nature of their jobs and the anecdotes they shared, the panel has asked not to be identified in this article.”

    I hope the folks on this panel are reading and absorbing the comments below and realize all the stress and acrimony you are causing workers looking for a job. It’s time you face the fact that more often it is you who are the problem. You would not believe the animosity out there in the general public for the people in HR. It’s out there and it’s real. Just start a conversation with someone about a weird experience you had with an interview and believe me 9 times out of 10, they will start in with something like ‘Oh wait till I tell about this one interview I had………….’ It’s rarely positive. HR people tend to be a tad askew and are essentially lackeys for the company brass. And you know how far you can trust an executive – exactly, as far as you can throw one. I implore you people in HR, please change your behaviors, show some modicum of decency to people you interview, knock off the fake smiles while kicking someone in the bum in your mind. We are not circus animals jumping through hoops ! Please come down to earth and join the rest of us, you’ll find some of us are not that bad.

  • Jimbotron

    I would love to see a company get sued for age discrimination. The hard is proving it, they cover their tracks pretty well. It would set a good precedent.

  • Steph Coe

    i work overseas now and I must say that hiring officers in Canada are
    extremely unprofessional and rude. In no other country do you have an
    interview and then hear nothing back. Many overseas employers even
    respond to a CV by thanking the applicant for sending their CV. In
    Canada they seem to think they are royalty and don’t need to show respect.
    Shameful. It’s time that Workopolis turns the tables and asks us about
    the panels

  • Barb A. Walters

    Interviews over 60 years went for interview for receptionist last Thurs @ a well known furniture store in my area- there were 7 applicants-3 mature ladies, each with several years experience, 4 young women with a few years experience. An email each applicant had been sent indicated stage 1 all would consist of interviews in a group session. Applicants would be scaled down to 4 for stage 2 skills testing.
    Two company officials took turns asking a series of questions of the 7 of us seated at a large boardroom table. Stage 1 took approximately 20-30 minutes.
    At the end of that stage 1 session the 2 officials left the room for a few minutes, they came back in to advise the 4 who were chosen to go on to stage 2 were surprise surprise! the 4 younger women 3 of whom indicated they would only be in this area for another year while completing their University . 2 of them had seemed personally acquainted with the person who would be their potential supervisor.
    This has proven to me that with my over 20 years of clerical experience it is the age not experience employers now seem to be looking for. Which means the best qualified person doesn’t necessarily get the position that was advertised .
    Somewhat discouraged but I will continue to search for a part time employment position where past considerable clerical or medical experience might be of benefit to a company.

  • Efrem

    …a friend on the hiring committee…
    The article puts it very clear!

  • Efrem

    What’s your field?

  • Emilio Kléber

    For me it’s that it’s just been too long. After a certain point you fall through the cracks. I can’t put the stuff that I’ve been doing to survive on my resume because it’s embarrassing, illegal, and/or will actually look worse than saying I just did nothing..

    I’m too proud to go begging my friends or family for help, I’ve tried to hint to people that I was in trouble and people just get scared or say they can’t put in a reference and why would they? Why help out someone who is already done? That would just jeopardize their own job.Now I can’t even talk to anyone I asked for help any more out of shame. Can’t even show my face at places where I think that people I know will be. Don’t have any friends left. I don’t know where to even start with government help, and with all the Republican greedy fucks and sad fake Democrat sellouts are doing to destroy that, I doubt there is any money in the system even left for me.

    So what do I do? What are you supposed to do as a total failure who no one will hire, and the only job you can get won’t even pay for you to live? Sleeping in the car is awful, it’s cold, your back hurts like hell every morning, you get woken up with lights shined in your face by some asshole coward rentacop with a taser who laughs at you and chases you out.. and once my car breaks down or towed then what do i do? Am I just supposed to kill myself now?! Because that would be cool .. but can the government or the businessmen who fucked our country just sell me a fucking cyanide pill to make it quick and easy so i can check out of this pointless stupid life? I just want to finish it now without making a nasty scene for some other poor bastard to clean up. thats all

  • Jordan Barrett

    If I’ve been blacklisted by a company will it affect me getting a job anywhere else?

  • Lakshman Kumarar Deva

    I fully agree with you it is ABSOLUTELY TRUE THATS THE BOOTOM LINE.

  • Danika

    NO ITS OK IM NOT MAD or UPSET anymore. BC i have STARTED TO WORK FOR MYSELF NOW it feels good to work for myself instead of waiting for someone to EXCEPT me to work for them when i could be the boss FOR MY OWN SELF and work for myself so i dont ever wanna get a job bc now im actually getting payed wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more then EMPLOYEES bc i work for myself now YAY MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE My job now is working for myself And what i do now so LUCKY ME i jst stood back and said to myself i rather work for myself and thats what i did and many people are Loving what i do and all bc i never got a job wich is GOOOD now pple are coming to me and wanting to work for me now so god is good look what he did for me amen 😀

    • Cindy

      slanging rocks

  • Joe Dixon

    The whole HR thing has become a racket and people with a BS Degree in Human Resources have fallen lock stock and barrel for the BS. They have spent untold thousands of dollars on how to learn to ask nonsensical questions and basically to reject those that don’t fall into the categories of BS that they learned at university. The best HR people were people who never went to university, those that learned on the job using common sense ways of reading people. If it is a highly technical job, keep HR people a mile away from the hiring process. The technical people who do the job plus the managers who supervise them should be the only ones who have any say in the hiring process in that case. Large companies and government are the worst for rejecting highly qualified people who would be good, but are only rejected because of the damn HR software they use. It rejects any resume that doesn’t use any of the “key” words that the software is programmed to see. If a person is “out of the loop” on the latest mindless trends in resume development (which means most people who have been doing useful things all their lives), they are going to be rejected by this bloody software. I suppose this also goes for people who don’t see how social media would improve their lives. They will be rejected if they don’t have a silly Facebook or Linkedin account.

  • Robert Wannson

    They make sure to turnaway most black men REGARDLESS. Gay, Straight, Militant or Spineless, Qualified or not. Black man getting hired is a miracle and
    Americas going to hell in the end for this bullshit

  • ss

    This article isn’t all necessarily true. Your resume makes you look like a weirdo? I like weirdos you know why? Because they are brilliant and not your average joe lying about their quirks to look the way most Americans believe should “look” or “act”…Social Media? So, the dude might like to smoke some weed, who cares you’ve all done it before, your pictures just not on Facebook yet. If the dudes working hard, and not wake’n baking before work what he does on his own time is his business, i didn’t hire you so I can creep on ur Facebook and fret about “ooohh this dude smokes bud…shitttt” , I hired you to expand my $ dollar sign”. Your desperate? Ha! expecting someone to play it cool at a job interview is like asking a dog breeder which dog barks the least. You can act as “cool” as you want at an interview, but when tuff situations arise at work that “cool” mask might turn into a “bitch” mask at the sight of something scary, and threatening. Thing is you really don’t know the persons fortitude, and cool power until at the source of what they were hired for.

  • Glen Victoria

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  • TallTexan2

    Thirty years of successful program and project management experience … Masters … certified PMP … professionally fashioned resume … sent out 400+ job applications/resumes in the past 2 years. Interviews? 1 Job offers? 0

    Color me clueless ….

  • disqus_CQNVnI9nX3

    Don’t be too young. Don’t be too old. Don’t dress too casually or too formally. If you don’t talk enough you don’t have social skills. If you talk too much you’re a chatterbox who doesn’t focus on the job. If you have work experience, they want more education and vice versa. Don’t stay at any company for too long or short an amount of time. If you specialize then you don’t have a wide array of skills. If you’re a jack-of-all-trades then you aren’t specialized enough. Be sure not to lie or tell the truth. If you ask for too much, you’re arrogant. If you don’t ask for enough, it shows that you have no ambition. Finally, don’t be a worker of any kind because it shows you can’t manage, and don’t manage because it means you don’t actually know how to do anything.

    Ten years ago there weren’t enough people to do all the work that companies wanted done. Now they look for any reason to not hire anybody, and also relentless try to find reasons to get rid of the people they already have.

    This country is a joke now.

    Good for you if you’re such a perfect worker and you can always get a job. One day your hot streak will end, and when it does you will never recover. They want to hire God and pay him minimum wage, unless they can make him an intern and not pay him at all.

  • Cosmic1

    Don’t forget the other reasons most people aren’t hired: 11.The position is already taken by someone the interviewers know and they are just going through the motions. 12. Recruiters are looking for people who are already working, so if you are free to work you don’t qualify. 13. Companies are looking for a ready-made “perfect” fit, rather than training smart, determined professional individuals. 14. Recruiters have NO idea how to transfer skills from other industries. 15. You are too experienced or not experienced enough. 16. You are too old or too young. 17. Recruiters have no idea how to look past a resume. 18. Decisions are made based on the applicants ability to use keywords(LOL). 19. Recruiters are lazy and not really listening/looking past the obvious. 20. There are too many unnecessary barriers between the job and potential employees.

    It’s not as difficult to find work as everyone has made it. Most of the jobs outside of technology and the medical field can easily be done by the average college graduate. Companies just need to train and stop pretending they can’t find qualified candidates. Everyone has to start somewhere. People have gaps in employment. Being unemployed is not a disease and having been self employed should be looked at as valuable experience. I would love to see more articles that point out how unethical and ignorant the hiring process has become, rather than blaming smart qualified candidates.

    I can’t believe the hiring process has become soooooo stupid, yet run by those who claim to be so intelligent.

  • Cindy

    that’s right because those people would never steal

  • Cindy

    affirmative action does not allow for anyone to create their own business now get out of there with that bs

  • Cindy

    ewww you rebel you

  • Cindy

    that’s right just like Donny brasco

  • RGT

    I know exactly what salaries are being paid in my profession and in my geographical area. I’m more than willing to negotiate and I’m flexible. But companies these days are coming in $10+/hr or $20k BELOW AVERAGE simply because they can and they know that someone will take it.

    Looking the part, could also mean being a minority and they want to hire white or vice-versa because of affirmative action.

    Unfortunately losing ones job in this economy will not leave most people level headed and yes some may even come off as desperate for a job because their mortgages need to be paid.

    Everything else in this article is pretty helpful though.

  • http://about.me/davidalangay David Gay

    Heh, Cindy writes and then deletes so I cannot reply to it:

    you can try to take mulcairs place in NDP

    6:17 a.m., Thursday June 12

    I reply:

    Conservatives make lousy socialists. Didn’t think that one through, did you?

  • RGT

    I know exactly what salaries are being paid in my profession and in my geographical area. I’m more than willing to negotiate and I’m flexible. But companies these days are coming in $10+/hr or $20k BELOW AVERAGE simply because they can and they know that someone will take it.

    Looking the part, could also mean being a minority and they want to hire white or vice-versa because of affirmative action.

    Unfortunately losing ones job in this economy will not leave most people level headed and yes some may even come off as desperate for a job because their mortgages need to be paid.

    Everything else in this article is pretty helpful though.

  • Gaurav Phd

    Success and Failures are both in my Life Basket, ask me for more suggestions. Political views play a lot of role!!!

    I am one of them.

  • Greg Cookman

    I have a few problems I’m 29 and i want to do an apprenticeship so i can gain experience but unless you’ve just left school no were will touch you even if you are willing to take the measly 2.50 an hour the apprenticeship offers because you have to, to move on your career path.
    Also how can I get experience when I don’t have experience if you wont offer me experience?
    I think the best way is volunteer work I mean yes work for free, terrible I know its slave labour, but it looks good on your CV and it also give you some knowledge and understanding of what it feels like to work in that particular area of work, although I know financial wise its impossible for most.

    Most retailers want young faces to be part of there businesses and young people are cheaper to hire so I’m even at my age to old for most.
    And don’t get me started on agencies wow they are a joke i’ve had so much trouble from agencies calling up offering work than cancelling last minute ect its a joke out there now days.

    • aturner

      Hi Greg, the problem is not that you
      are too old. I am 35 years old and I did things backwards. I had my
      children, graduated from college, and then I got married. I graduated within three years with a GPA of
      3.66. I have a Bachelor degree in
      Business Administration/Computer Information Systems. The problem that I notice is that they see
      our age group as a joke because companies believe that people who fall between the
      ages of 20-35 have poor work ethics. I look
      younger than 35, which it makes it harder. I really don’t like it when someone
      treats
      me like I am in my mid-twenties and never worked. I worked since the
      age of 12 years old. I also noticed people who get apprenticeships;
      they know someone within the company. It’s
      a popularity contest. My husband was
      over looked for an internship because someone’s uncle worked at the company.
      The person they picked had a GPA around 2.5 and my husband’s was 3.79. Internships and apprenticeships use to go to
      people who did very well in college and had the skills to do well within the
      company, but no longer. Companies use to
      not like to hire friends and family of employee’s because of conflict of
      interest but that has all changed. I
      right there with you on how we are supposed to get experience when companies
      are not willing to give us experience. I
      have seen job posts asking for 10-15 years of experience for an entry level
      position. Basically they are saying, “We do not want people who fall in this
      age group working for us”. My husband
      works for a fortune 500. They are always
      looking for intelligent people to work in sales. They will not hire husband and
      wife do to issues in the past, so I can’t get a job there. Where do you live? I might be able to help get you an interview
      because I have inside information. I can
      give information who will be interviewing you and what they are looking
      for.

  • http://twitter.com/devans00 devans00

    Always good to read other points of view to learn from.

  • Pamela Kennedy

    That’s Canada for you. Welcome to Canada. Where each foreign ethnicity group type clique has to “stick together” and “hire their own” no matter what; Americans being one of them. Even those of us BORN in Canada who were raised and educated in the States get treated like “Americans” or worse, “foreigners from overseas” (wtf on that one). It’s as if, Canadian Aboriginal/First Nations born in Canada, raised in the States and all college degrees obtained in the States, returning to Canada – is the absolute worst thing you can BE in Canada. Good thing we have Social Assistance we can live off of….with all those college degrees, no less.

  • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

    You you you you you.

    Nothing ever to do with the people hiring you. lol

    • http://www.thexclass.com Dana Is Kold Ski

      I think there are two ways this piece could have gone, and Peter chose to go the “what you can improve upon” route. Though you can definitely miss out on a job for a million reasons that have nothing to do with you.

      • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

        These articles always go this route. I would love an article directed at employers entitled, “Stop Being a Bigoted, Closed-minded D!ck”. :p

        • http://workopolis.com/advice Peter Harris

          Actually we’re working on that now. A similar survey, but from the other side – things employers do wrong that make good candidates not want to work for them. Stay tuned… Hey, thanks for the feedback!

          • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

            How about “Preconceived Notions about Candidates that Could Cost You the Right Person for the Job”?

          • http://www.shreyayn.com/blog ShreyaYN

            Haha, I literally JUST wrote a blogpost about annoying job hunting things from the candidate’s perspective. Honestly, some companies say ANYTHING to justify stupid decisions and practices.

            http://www.shreyayn.com/blog

          • Serah Essen

            They don’t say anything. But they pay the price in the long run.

          • Askme5524

            I would like to know if something can be done. I work in such company where right candidates are rejected for no reason. I have seen it a lot. I tried to take it to HR but didn’t help. This company advertise all the time for jobs and hundreds of people send their resume. This lady reads resume call one or two candidates a day but don’t hire them. She lies about them to upper management. What will you call it? Is she careful or insecure?

          • Savannah Nash

            She is making sure they don’t FIRE her butt…

          • Maco

            Probably insecure and a bit loco……

          • MyrtleJune

            Job security.

          • Ann D.

            I guess smart people cost more money and also they are “dangerous” because they can bring about the company’s dirty laundry and bust lousy workers. :( too bad.

          • A. Mitch

            Too true indeed, I’ve experienced interviews where I’ve demonstrated my intelligence and its quite clearly annoyed and threatened the job of my interviewer, they become visibly more awkward with each question and reply.
            One time just my presence in the room appeared to intimidate and threaten an HR interviewer. As soon as I walked into the interview room their eyebrows dissappeared into their hairline and remained there for the duration. The interview proceeded with them often ruffling alot of paperwork for no reason whilst not taking their eyes off me for a minute, knocking things off desk and blundering around. By the time the interview came to an end, (which felt like forever), this particular wierdo was literally writhing in their chair and sweating. I’m 6 feet 8 inches but a friendly giant with a smiling face, too bad they missed out on a kind hearted hard worker and real person : )
            It would appear often that companies demonstrate a desire for employing people who don’t question anything but only follow mindless orders and instructions.
            You can’t be over qualified or demonstrate too much individual thinking ability. Hillarouse really its the companies that miss out in the long run because of this.

          • Savannah Nash

            I have learned if there is a HR person who when you enter the room, has the BAD taste of looking up and down your frame -RUN… I have spoken with other gals who have said that is a clear indication you WILL NOT get the job, do NOT bother to continue. Either they don’t like the “look” of you, or they are completely jealous and insecure with how much BETTER you look than they do. HR people seem to be ugly inside and out! Better to ease on down the road and find a job with ADULTS not adolescent gatekeepers. If you have the skill set, are professional, can communicate, it shouldn’t matter how you look-aren’t we PAST that garbage, and HR of ALL people should know that it is WRONG to exhibit such behavior. If you aren’t applying for a position as model, actress, stripper, cocktail waitress, it is inappropriate.

          • Savannah Nash

            I have been interviewing so let me tell you what TURNS me off.
            1. When HR-basically regurgitates what is available on their website on history of the company, what they support, what the job ad posting says, the hours, and what the salary is. DUH, I can read.

            2. When HR says they have reviewed your resume and cover letter but then ask you questions that are BOLDED on your resume or cover letter. What school did you graduate from. What was your major. What jobs have you held that qualify you for this position. DUH, it is RIGHT there .
            3. When HR sighs, burbs, or is obviously chewing gum or eating food as they are talking to you on the phone. GROSS! You are NOT a professional, but you are trying to tell me HOW professional your company is-REALLY?
            4. When they ask STUPID questions. When your profession/career requires state licensing, and they ask you if you have ever committed a felony. You can’t be licensed and have a criminal record-DUH.
            5. When you have a license and they tell you all about the training they have to help you obtain your license. DUH-the resume states…Licensed in the state of …
            6. When you ask specific questions like, what kind of culture or managing style does this company adhere to. The HR person says, most of our managers have been with the company over 10 yrs-HELLO, are you listening???
            7. This is pretty simple to answer, do my qualifications align with what you are looking for in a candidate? HR response was, I am not at liberty to discuss that. But you DARE to ask what my weaknesses are?
            8. Or the RETARDED -tell me about a time when you did…

            well once upon a time I decided to get a job and show up and actually do what I was hired to do, and it reaped all the expected benefits, and improved the bottom line of the company I worked at. I mean if you have DETAILED examples in bulleted format on your resume, then I think that TELLS you I sold blah, I retained blah, I increased blah, I presented blah. How DUMB are you?…oh, you mean HR was supposed to READ your resume and application and be able to interpret the data there…what a concept!!! As a professional, I didn’t just dream all this stuff up, I have demonstrated CLEARLY the history and track record
            9. Do you think you would be available in the future for a 2nd interview (right then and there each candidate is contemplating whether they can ENDURE being in the presence of another idiot who hasn’t EVER done the job you are experienced and highly trained at, but telling you how wrong you are for it. Based on their inept testing, communication skills, and evaluation/observations,etc)
            10 Knowing until you find an intelligent lifeform within the department you want to join that possibly can skirt the cluelessness of HR and their INSANE processes. Your chances of getting an offer from the HR team for hire, is as probable as winning the lotto.

          • Jukbo

            100% agree!!! -DUH!

          • Pierre Montsion

            Yep. Its a wonder companies actually make money anymore

          • Savannah Nash

            most are failing for hiring unqualified candidates that HR put there, and then PROMOTING them to further disrupt any work that was getting done

          • http://www.shreyayn.com/blog ShreyaYN

            ….i literally just want to copy paste my entire rant here, because I feel you with ALL these points >_>

            http://www.shreyayn.com/blog

          • MyrtleJune

            Spot ON! And, don’t forget that popular “I’m thinking of a number between $0 and $1M” salary game. But, you only get the interview if you’ve managed to correctly play mind reader. Then they go again in the interview. HR has run amok.

            And, that second interview…… 2 months later. As if you’d be sitting around waiting for them to get it together. One HR lady got seriously miffed because I said I’d moved on and am no longer interested. How dare I!!!

          • Savannah Nash

            One of the interviewers drove me so batty. After being on a 2 hr phone interview with him. I wanted NOTHING to do with that company EVER again. And I had really thought I would like working there. He told me I would hear within a week, he mailed a rejection letter late on Friday evening (post office time stamped), got it Saturday morning, and I wrote “refused” on it, and remailed. He got it back and left a very unprofessional msg on my ph. I replied on his vc mail, you WASTED my time, you weren’t prepared, you obviously hate your job and project that to prospective employees who are prepared to seriously interview, you need serious phone etiquette instruction as it is not polished or professional, and I just felt you should know that I refused the letter because it was an invasion after having to suffer and deal with the ineptness displayed during the phone interview. Probably NOT the right course of action, and yet it felt wonderful!!! Oh, and this is priceless, I put an extremely fair detailed review of the interview on glassdoor. It wasn’t positive, but it wasn’t negative, it was factual, and they deleted it. One reviewer on careerbliss summed up her interview there as a WASTE of valuable life hours (so true) -the content had nothing to do with the job duties or performance, the infomercial type presentation of company facts was not only unnecessary but took 30 mins and she learned nothing new or more about the company than she previously had known. She stated had there been any warning of what torture awaited her she would have hung up after the initial greeting. I rolled on the floor laughing-that NAILED it in my mind.

          • MyrtleJune

            That Glassdoor deleted your review really calls into question all reviews on Glassdoor. Not to be trusted.

            At least you can spot them in the interview!

            I took a job from one interview which went fine and I even quit my job and moved to the state for the new job. Well, the manager who hired me had quit the day prior to my first day and the person who was now my manager (she was in the interview so I’d met her) was just insane. Flying around with fully engulfed hair every minute of the day giving me no information that I needed to do the job. CEO pulled the entire 12 person department in and read them the riot act on my first day. Half of the 12 were completing their 2 week notice and this new boss was just insane….. I mean finger wagging in my face micromanager (high insecurity and rude) and an energy I thought would combust at any moment. I quit after one week it was such a horrible place. I was especially discerning on my next interview and again the job/manager/environment had no resemblance to the job discussed in the interview. Changed by the hour. My brain cells were committing suicide by the minute from the actually stupid stuff he had us doing, then RE-doing. Thankfully it was a short term gig but the recovery ….. not fun. Now I’m just disgusted with the very broken, highly inefficient recruiter/HR “process”. I didn’t spot them in the interview! I’ve taken these suspect jobs because my “benefit of the doubt” meter is much too generous. So that last cube-farm, everybody chat all the time second interview I declined was a real triumph. It would have been a horrible job and I knew it…. finally!

          • Savannah Nash

            I am very disillusioned with glassdoor now. I have researched and read different postings that what you read on the site is HR generated, which of course deems it WORTHLESS imho.

          • Ann D.

            Good for you! I find when managers are over reacting they are hiding something, in my case it was embezzlement, they were forcing people to quit or framing employers. I did my own investigation and quit.

          • RKsharma2012

            What about regionalism, favoritism and insecurity of a job interviewer?, especially a junior level employee who is asked by some stupid director to take an interview, reason- director himself doesn’t have any skills to make judgement and what about high air and intellectual racism in Canada?. Well Canadians live in small world of their own, which global institute Canada has? how many new innovations and patents are coming out of Canada?. Basically it is a third world country with first world infrastructure and till employers can’t become open minded, they can get best of the best to work in Canada and grow its economy. Selling commodities will not last for ever and Canadians are just good in selling commodities, maple syrup and perhaps playing little bit of ice hockey. Look at what is happening to Greece.

          • Jyoeru

            Something tells me that’s not a big problem. At this point, I am so desperate for a job, I’d put on a leather outfit and let someone beat me for a dollar.

        • Jacqueline Herrera

          Maybe you should read the article again or even better, share with us the stories you have about why you did not get the job. Maybe we can help you see something you don’t.

          • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

            If there’s one thing I have developed after 40 years in the workforce, it’s self-awareness. You don’t go from non-stop working, easily finding new jobs and helping your friends with resumés and interviews, to absolutely nothing because of something you did. It’s systemic.

          • Jean Spiller

            Funny, the same thing happened to me. Age?

          • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

            Cough. 😉

          • Jukbo

            Of course my horse! Age discrimination is a FACT here. Welcome to the real world!

          • Mark

            Its not just the old suffering ‘age discrimination’. Also the young. Especially when firms put artificial barriers to employment, such as requiring arbitrary amounts of ‘experience’ for entry-level roles.

          • Ann D.

            I guess people over 40 years old are seen as too smart, meaning they have a voice, they know their rights and can sue.

          • Jukbo

            I don’t think Savannah needs to re-read the article, in fact, her reply is piece of art!. You already are part of “The Matrix”, so that’s the reason you didn’t (and won’t) understand how retarded can HRers be…

          • Savannah Nash

            thank you….:-)

          • Jukbo

            I’d marry you (I love smart people)!

          • Savannah Nash

            Can I just interject that one of my FAVORITE jobs that I rocked at was a dating service (not escort-this was dating-totally legal clean stuff ok). Finding life partners for great people. I sold mbrshps and adored that job. But unfortunately the owners of the franchise didn’t pay IRS and they came and locked the doors, seized their biz. Not pretty and my dream career was over in a flash (moan, sob). Now internet dating is the rage, sigh. Lots of my “couples” are still happy with their unions, gotta LOVE that. I enjoy smart people as well, we are a tribe on the verge of extinction :-(, too many sheep these days. Notice I didn’t say educated, those aren’t always intelligent or smart-huge cavernous difference!!!

          • MyrtleJune

            As IF people know why they don’t get jobs. You’re actually saying words that have no basis in reality.

          • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

            Interesting how you’ve never commented again, Jacqueline. On anything.

        • http://www.thexclass.com Dana Is Kold Ski

          Agreed!

        • Richard Derek

          Me too! I find it’s employers that are the issue.

    • Jyoeru

      Agreed. This is ridiculous. Talk about pompous. From 1994-2012, I had zero problems getting jobs, and up until 2008, no problems with at least getting interviews. Now, I have applied for over 500 jobs in 3 years and gotten one interview. This includes menial jobs, entry-level, mid-level, and higher–all of which I am qualified for.

      If society is going to demand I have money to exist within it, it better get over itself and give me a job or give me an allowance. At this rate, I will be the next guy begging for change on the street, and all for what? Stupid requirements to outshine a million other desperate to just get something?

      And when I see little kids grabbing jobs like it’s candy from a pinata, and I can’t even do anything with my degree, background, nor even within a network (yay, being introverted finally became a huge detriment to the ~50% of us who are), I have to question this system. It’s ridiculous. I am tired of being written off as over/under qualified, or dismissed for whatever reason someone arbitrarily decides. All of this, and I never even get the time of day to know what “I” did wrong so that I can fix it.

      • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

        Hey! I had my first job interview in over 18 MONTHS last week! 😮

        • Jyoeru

          Don’t forget us little guys when you get famous!

      • Magnus

        Fully agreed. I for one am floored that there hasn’t yet been mass civil unrest all over this Nation. Sadly, I really do believe after EIGHT YEARS of attempting to get so much as a pinky toe into the monolithic corporate America door (and we’re talking the lowest-possible wrung of the ladders – or which, used to be, where one could attain the experience that now is demanded everywhere for every and even little job anywhere), that will ultimately prove the catalyst for actual and generally beneficial change in this particular area. If these people, having created AND working to sustain this mode of highly unethical and even immoral conduct, honestly believe that things won’t deteriorate that far, as to draw a big bullseye to their own backs in the blowback, they are in for one hell of a rude awakening indeed. I for one would rather do ANYTHING before winding up starving to death in the gutter, and I have it on pretty good instinct that I’m very far from alone in that. This is absolutely unsustainable, and there is truly NO justifiable cause in reality for it to be this way – not when, and as a matter of fact, large corporations have been boasting “record breaking profits” since this entire supposed ‘great recession’ struck (truth is, only the small businesses suffered, even going totally belly up; those formerly sharing credit for 70% of all employment). The suits need to get together and seriously reconsider their current methods of conducting recruiting and HR overall or there’s going to be a very nasty problem plaguing every locale of this once great Nation. Personally, I’d be most interested to know why, seeing as these corporations have displaced virtually all small business as of now, why with that immense acquisition of revenues, that they claim not to then be able to actually sustain and continue even to grow, their employee bases (but then, that’s really just rhetorical, isn’t it? We all know damn good and why, not).

  • maureensharib

    He who has the gold makes the rules.

  • Askme5524

    In my opinion not always the above stated statements go true. Now a day’s all job seekers are more prepared then who are interviewers. I once worked at such a firm where the interviewer rejected all qualified candidates (obviously because she was a new manager and was insecure ) and was seeking for someone with no ambition. Unbelievable but it’s true. There are some blood suckers in organizations that don’t let upper management know of good candidates and reject them despite of anything. I have seen this a lot and am witness to some incidents . There should be something about those people.

    • Savannah Nash

      Managers are the CAUSE of most companies going under. They are so insecure, so egotistical, so suspicious of everything and everyone, and so power hungry that they are more of a liability than an asset.

      • Askme5524

        Like it’s said that power corrupts some people and absolute power corrupts them absolutely.

      • Askme5524

        I need some suggestions. I’m planning to write letter to the president/CEO of the company. I saw some injustices . Qualified candidates are treated inhumanly. It’s a newly expanded company of about 250 staff and are in the process of hiring new people all the time. This department hires in jiffy and in four to six weeks FIRE candidates, basically terminate them during probation. I am witness to unreasonable incidents so are others. No one says anything because everyone like to secure their job first. About job interviews, qualified candidates are not selected. Sometimes interviewed but not called. I found that this manager has no formal education or experience in management and or in the area where she is working. She entered into upper management by chance filling someone’s position . I already spoke to director of HR but like some of you said above HR is not helping. She agreed with me and found lack of experience in her part , she discussed with one of her bosses and silent since then. For this company HR is not developed and experienced too.

        • Savannah Nash

          HR works FOR the company to PROTECT the company, never the individual. Read through court cases, HR acts to protect the company-that is their reason for existence, to protect and minimize liability within a company. To keep it from being sued, to keep exposure to a minimum. HR is NOT the employee’s friend, and should NEVER EVER be used as a confident. If there is a problem, seek professional advice from an unbiased source to protect YOUR rights outside the company. The CEO will most probably believe HR over any individual. Once you are known as negative in ANY form or fashion, your days in that company will be cut short. They will find WAYS to severe your employment. Think I am wrong, again, research and review court cases and see for yourself. HR is most likely building a file on you to promote you OUT of your company and out of your position. Doesn’t matter if you are not the one causing the issue, you BROUGHT it to their attention, you are the source that NEEDS to be silenced. Watch your back!!!

      • Maco

        Very well said! I couldn’t agree more. You have just described the Canadian work culture…….

  • Heather Quinn

    I would be very interested in your “What Employers do Wrong at Interviews…” article.

    I once interviewed for a company where the HR lady said to my face that as long as they pay out vacation pay on every cheque, they don’t have to give anyone the required 10 days of vacation time. While this is true in most cases for construction workers in Alberta, it is not something to tell someone interviewing as a admin assistant… “by the way, we don’t give vacation time here…”

    I’ve been to a number of job interviews where the employer can’t really tell me much about the job they’re hiring me for! Granted the position I’m in now with a fabulous company doing a fabulous job started as a “we’re trying out this position to see if we need the extra employee” situation.

    I have talked to a manager who admitted that he was interviewing for a position that might not even be filled! Talk about disrespect and wasting someone’s time!

    I also suspect that I interviewed with an employer who purposely gave me the wrong address to see how I’d react to the stress of potentially being late for the job interview, and then admitted that the actual wage for the job was much less than what was advertised. Working day-to-day for someone who’d play games like that…??

    • Savannah Nash

      I have read articles from HR people, even books, and their job is to DISQUALIFY numbers and quickly. The goal is to keep their company out of ANY lawsuit so they employ the lowest risk factored person they can find. It isn’t about what is gonna be best, it is about how little will this applicant cost us.

  • Don Putt

    Having been in the position of being the hiring manager looking for qualified Electro-Mechanical Designers I found the biggest problem was with the HR personnel. They have absolutely no idea of what to look for. While in the HR office at one time I came across a bunch of “rejected” CV’s which included some ok candidates, one of which was hired for the position I was in the process of filling. From that point on I insisted on seeing ALL CV’s received. I just could not trust them to be objective. All they looked for were “key” words.

    • Savannah Nash

      HR people have proven CLUELESS time and time again…they hire people that aren’t qualified because they have NEVER done the jobs they are interviewing for and wouldn’t KNOW or RECOGNIZE talent if it bit them.

    • Mark

      Most engineering employers I’m familiar with don’t even let their engineers talk to candidates until basically the last minute. HR is front and center, and makes all of the hiring decisions. The actual engineering group manager’s input is merely in an advisory role. Its quite sad really what has been done to engineers in the modern workforce. And if an engineer does come across a high quality candidate through their professional networks, good luck getting HR’s hiring manager to actually get such individual hired.

      • Don Putt

        So very true these days, unfortunately! It seems that HR people consider themselves gods to the rest of the company and can dictate who to hire despite the fact that they are basically stupid when it comes to qualified people. Very, very sad. I am so glad that I now work for a small company that doesn’t have an HR group.

  • http://www.nickkossovan.com Nick Kossovan

    Another irrelevant and insulting article from “job hunting expert” Peter Harris. You can ace an interview on all levels and still not get the job. Why? Who knows? Ageism, bigotry, preconceived notions, prejudices, insecurities, hang-ups, superstation, jealousy, sexism, homophobia, etc. Mr. Harris doesn’t address what are the most likely reason(s) for a qualified candidate not getting a job. Why not talk about the elephants in the room, or will that have a negative impact on Workopolis’s ad revenue? Listing “You smell bad” as a reason… really Peter??? I have conducted literally 1,000’s of interviews and cannot recall a candidate who smelled bad. Either write to the heart of the matter or leave the subject to those who have the guts to do so.

    • Savannah Nash

      It isn’t politically correct to address any of the topics you cite.

    • http://workopolis.com/advice Peter Harris

      Hi Nick – I always appreciate your thoughtful commentary. (Disagree with me though you nearly always do.) These aren’t my personal observations, but those of a panel of HR professionals I moderated. More than one complained of the after-effects of recent cigarette smoking. If you’d like to share some observations or advice of your own from your hiring experience for Workopolis readers, we should talk. I’m @ peter.harris@workopolis.com. I’m always looking to publish new insights to help people get hired for the opportunities they need.

      • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

        I suspect, judging from the comments above, that HR professionals are a part of the problem.

        From my (international) experience, Peter, employers want to hire someone exactly like them. It’s the path of least resistance, isn’t it? So qualifications and experience become secondary to “fitting in” in respect to appearance, age, personality, gender…

        Personally I think a diverse workforce is a healthier one, but I’m obviously not in HR (nor currently employed).

        • Ann D.

          “the path of least resistance”. Nailed!

      • OlderWhiteFemale

        Peter, I appreciate learning of the HR panel’s experiences and feedback. Like others who responded to your article, I too have encountered negative bias during interviews but I’ve also made some of the mistakes your article describes. Perhaps I may never entirely overcome preconceptions about such impersonal attributes as age, gender and race, but knowing how to minimize negative reactions to what I can control might sway the outcome in my favour.

      • Jukbo

        Dear Peter, I have a brilliant idea that you’ll thank me in the future when you become rich and famous!!!!!!!!. This can change your life for ever!!!

        Pete (can I call you that while I put my hand in your shoulder?) PLEASE READ:

        “Have you seriously considered to start a career as Stand-up Comedian?????” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Efrem

          It’s a good idea about stand-up comedian; the problem is that a stand-up comedian can’t repeat the same joke over and over again, s/he should invent something new. As for all those “job counsellors”, they just keep chanting the same mantra: “You don’t get the job because you are not properly dressed, and similar BS”
          Also, a comedian should sometimes have enough courage to laugh at social issues, which is called satire. Have you ever seen a “counsellor” who would tell you that you don’t get a job because the economy simply doesn’t function? Or that the real unemployment is way higher than rosy official data: “about 8%”. Multiply by 2, at least.

        • A. Mitch

          lol

      • http://www.nickkossovan.com Nick Kossovan

        Hi Peter… If you take the time to read the comments from your readers you will note a common thread… the makeup of the panel you are relying on is the problem! In your example of cigarette smoking and it’s after smell as a reason for not hiring a qualified candidate… really is this a HR professional? What about the candidate who doesn’t smoke but the interviewer does (thus smelling of cigarette smoke)? Obviously you don’t think hiring is a 2-way street. How’s a person’s smoking habit relevant to their ability to do a job (of course there are exceptions)? Some of my best agents are smokers (I don’t smoke.); I guess I was more interested in their ability to do the job I needed to get done than whether they are a smoker or not (I’m not the “health police”.). Peter, Workopolis could be so much more! Instead of dealing with the real world you write puff pieces. I have yet to see you deal with the truth. The 10 reasons you list for not hiring a qualified candidate are at best superficial. I would venture to state that in over 95% of cases where a qualified candidate was not hired the reason would not fall under any of the 10 you gave. Today it’s all about personal brand management and marketing yourself as someone who gets results (employers hire results). However, you can do all the right actions and still get nowhere, because you are dealing with the most unpredictable beast of all; a human being.

        On another note I do occasional dispense some career wisdom via LinkedIn posts such as “6 Destructive Career Beliefs” and “Impress Your Interviewer with Your Questions”. There’s a good chance I will take you up on your offer to share some advice, but I warn you I tell it like it is. Peter you need to be more intuned to what unemployed Canadians are experiencing.

        • missdisplaced

          I have to say that sure, likely all HR managers have seen an example of this from time to time. However, I highly doubt that this is the majority of the applicants.

        • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

          Unfortunately, I’m sure Workopolis wants to continue receiving advertising revenue; therefore, the articles will always be biased in favour of the employer who pays them money to advertise here.

    • Askme5524

      I need some suggestions. I’m planning to write letter to the president/CEO of the company. I saw some injustices . Qualified candidates are treated inhumanly. It’s a newly expanded company of about 250 staff and are in the process of hiring new people all the time. This department hires in jiffy and in four to six weeks FIRE candidates, basically terminate them during probation. I am witness to unreasonable incidents so are others. No one says anything because everyone like to secure their job first. About job interviews, qualified candidates are not selected. Sometimes interviewed but not called, rejected with no reasons. Only insecurity and jealousy. I found that this manager has no formal education or experience in management and or in the area where she is working. She entered into upper management by chance filling someone’s position . I already spoke to director of HR but like some of you said above HR is not helping. She agreed with me and found lack of experience in her part , she discussed with one of her bosses and silent since then. For this company HR is not developed and experienced too. I feel guilty and want to do something. Please suggest with your experience.

    • Bryan Lucas

      I’ve been out of work for over a year. My last employer was Monster.com as a national account manager. 25 years of sales experience, account management and management. I’m getting no looks at all. Professionally written resume, excellent references… nothing. I’m also white and 49. Discrimination is alive and well in Obama’s America. Age and reverse discrimination. I interview excellently, dressed very well and smell great. It’s age and salary that turns them off. Idiots

      • Ann D.

        Yes! The companies want puppets, too bad. :(

    • missdisplaced

      Exactly Nick! Sure, it’s oh-so-easy to point the finger at the job applicant and it being THEIR FAULT they can’t get work. “You don’t look the part.” Really? Isn’t that just corpro-speak for racism, ageism or other “isms?” Yet somehow these reasons are misdirected to the applicant, AGAIN with useless articles like this.

  • Jukbo

    “I ended up hiring a much less experienced candidate who had done her research”… if NASA did this, the man wouldn’t have arrived to the moon.

    So, according this “pundit of recruitment” a guy that has an strong cologne or is nervous, no matter how brilliant is, is the right criteria to hire a less qualified one????. Now I see what is the root of the problem in this society!. What mediocre criteria!… Definitely, corporate culture is becoming sick.

    • Askme5524

      What will say about using vulgar language and swearing In the office? Please answer with your experience.

      • Savannah Nash

        Lack of vocabulary from highly unevolved classless people. The workplace should NEVER be a place for locker room chat. Save that garbage for rap songs…

  • Bryan Lucas

    GOOD interviewers get to the facts concerning what they are looking for, open position, open rec on their desk, and, then what called out to them about your experience. Good way to tell if a company is desperate is that they qualify you in the interview. They need to have that done before the interview. Too many wet-behind-the-ears recruiters acting like the hiring manager is how a company loses out on great candidates. Aim your resume toward your qualifications instead of your jobs abd titles. This will eliminate the bad, unqualified companies. I’m a former employee of Monster.com. Rethink your resume and the title you give it. This catches the professional eye first.

    • Savannah Nash

      sorry I have yet to come across a “professional” in the hiring process these days…they use “software” as the professional, and then they have unqualified wet behind the ears recruiters, or the burned out recruiter that doesn’t even LISTEN…My first job long ago the gal used astrology and handwriting analysis to judge your “fit” into the company. As WACKO, as that seemed then, I think she did a WAY better job on creating a team, then the “sophisticated” online app processes, and the gatekeepers doing the STAR/behavioral interviewing junk to assemble a team. Those former teams WORKED and produced, the ones recruited in recent jobs were so mismatched and lacking it isn’t funny.

  • Efrem

    “…another applicant has a friend on the hiring committee.” Period.

  • Browning

    ” they grumble about their past work as if this will show why they’re motivated to make a change”
    This advice gets repeated frequently but I still don’t understand it. If I had nothing to grumble about, why should I want to quit?
    Or should I try to make reasons up? Sorry, I prefer to be honest. It has worked for me.

  • Glen Keller

    This article blames the candidates and doesn’t touch point on the real issue at hand as to why majority of VERY qualified individuals do not get hired for the role.

    I’ve worked in the Human Resources field for decades and the amount of discrimination is outstanding. ‘Smelling bad’ or focusing on the way you dress isn’t the best criteria for qualifying an applicant. I have seen companies – big and small – lose on the best talent out there just for holding preconceived assumptions about that person. As a result, they hire the wrong person, lose on productivity and quality of work and thus are required to start the hiring process all over again. Waste of time, energy and money.

    In one example, a recruiter purposely dismissed all the excellent, qualified individuals for reasons that were irrelevant and easily addressable. One managerial position that was applied for received a rejection reason of “not being able to manage a large team”, despite having years upon years of experience managing teams and illustrated his skills set clearly through the interview process. Another recruiter held out on hiring an applicant so they can hire a friend within the company that wanted the same position (yet wasn’t the best fit for the role). Another example is salary expectations – a company would rather hire someone for less money rather than hire a quality candidate with the right experience for the right money. Thus, bringing down the quality of the work to the team.

    I personally think this writer needs to remove his self-righteous attitude and address the fact that favourtism, bias and discrimination exists in every workplace. Behind the doors of the recruiting process isn’t a group of sound individuals who are looking out for the best interest of the company, they’re a team of humans with their own prerogative and their own interests to serve. Experience, education, training – all can be obtained. With the right attitude and the right mentality, anyone can strive for anything, however when you have an industry of fools working against you, sometimes it really has nothing to do with the candidate and more so to do with the recruiting team or process. I’ve seen this for years and continue to see it to this day.

    The final and best example was when I worked for a major bank in Canada, looking to hire a group of associates for their mortgage side. A young gentleman with excellent mortgage experience and training applied, and was told by the recruiting officer that “perhaps you should stick to IT since you took a course in school and your passion seems to lie there’.
    Stumped, the young gentleman decided to take the advise of the recruiting officer and applied for an IT position a few months later, only to be told BY THE SAME OFFICER ‘have you thought of persuing an opportunity in mortgages? You have a lot of experience and are more than qualified to handle our mortgage accounts”. Perfect example as to how it really isn’t the fault of the candidate and from my experience, majority of the time it’s the recruiter or hiring associate. I would much rather see an article that stays away from ‘victim-blaming’ sort of speak and focuses on the vile, bias and cliquey atmosphere that majority of companies currently have in their HR department.

  • Iowacounts

    I am updating my resume, and am currently employed in a new job and was at my previous job 12 1/2 years. I’ve been reading blogs about resumes that state a person should put the past 10 -15 years of job history on your resume. Well, that’s only 2 jobs for me. Plus there previous companies that no longer exist, but the work experience is relevant. Do I leave those off now?

  • Steve

    I have received resumes from those that look qualified for the position. I did not call them in for an interview. Why? The resumes came from generic email addresses, these are real & are not a joke: drunkenbastard@…..; weedking@….. & my all time favorite, itastejustlikecandy@…..

  • MyrtleJune

    Wow. There’s something wrong with the recruiters if these are the people they’re contacting. At least they got that far.

    The social media thing is a bore. Lazy recruiters rely on social media instead of actually doing the work at sifting through applications from people they don’t know or have no media juice. Unless you’re applying for a high level marketing position, who cares who you know. If you want really good and interesting workers, look beyond their SM contacts and do your own assessment. These are the people who have more interesting and challenging grown-up things to do than sit around on several social media accounts all day long. Why bother getting an education when all you need is to continue the high school level social interaction online? Just ridiculous stuff man.

    Maybe the problem is HR workers have no concept of finding the right person for the job beyond lazy keyword searching, social media connecting (like this is high school), playing that “I’m thinking of a number between $0 and $1M” salary guessing game, trying their sad hands at creative writing in job ads, and creating job security by inventing these highly inefficient hiring games. It is a nightmare for good, solid, highly talented people to even get a phone call or email.

    HR/recruiters should just state what the job actually is AND that you will only consider candidates from a certain geographic area AND what the FTE budget for the position actually is.. in the job advertisement. But, then that would certainly cut down the number of applicants and HR’s workload …. and might even jeopardize their very job. And, that’s the bottom line here really isn’t it… their HR/recruiter job. Appearing to be useful at a job by creating workload. How fulfilling that job must be.

    And, then to hear the highly inaccurate statement from companies that they cannot find qualified workers! Certainly, they need to look at their recruiters and HR to find out why that is.

    Btw, I’ve served on lots of ETHICAL hiring committees and you straight up did not get points for being friends with someone on the committee. No.

    • Savannah Nash

      Qualified workers are plentiful, they have been downsized or laid off, in most cases it had NOTHING to do with their job performance or anything they had control over-but you become BRANDED for their failures (how dare you choose to work for a company that had issues you had NO clue about). Might as well be sporting the scarlet letter. As if MOST intelligent people would CHOOSE unemployment continuously-that is NONSENSICAL. But HR PUNISHES you over and over for such stuff-gaps in employment are a curse and you are FLOGGED for it. If you take a job out of your field to survive while searching for a job in your industry-that is ANOTHER Black Mark on your work history. And it will probably DECREASE your earning ability dramatically too, if you can find a job BACK in your industry!!! Applicants CAN’T WIN. Any Corporation DARING to say that they can’t find talent is BUNK. I have decided that companies prefer to hire JUNK (a direct result of their HR incompetency), and then GRIPE about it. I have heard it said that most of the online application software is more about surveillance than it is about skill set, experience or work history-creepy but confirmable. I am not a cynical person, but I am convinced that HR is the ISSUE, the problem, and needs the overhaul and cleansing. The workforce WANTS to work! What they do NOT want to do is apply to blackholes, interview with IDIOT unprepared RUDE gatekeepers, who are unqualified most of the time to access ANYTHING. Be treated as INFERIOR by these depts., and submit to their STUPID games, RETARDED unrelated questions, and have their time wasted!!!

      And can I just say THROW out the STAR/behavioral interview- tell me about a time garbage…please, situations are different, no two scenarios are alike, you can’t PREDICT what an individual WILL do…or we wouldn’t have people GOING off doing crazy stuff in theatres, churches, bike races, on campuses, at restaurant parking lots, in malls, etc. If you can’t predict violent episodes, or the triggers, you can’t predict what an employee is gonna do…c’mon now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • MyrtleJune

        100 percent of HR people and manager are qualified to conduct such behavioral interviews let alone make decisions based on their “findings”. The truth is, HR as an industry is off the rails scattered among the wreckage that crazy train.

        Surveillance… certainly that’s possible. For sure all these social media and sharing and Agile-style managements structures are based on extreme micromanagement. And, you agree to participate and submit to micromanagement at work and within your family by heavily participating in this. That’s what they’re checking social media for…. to see if you fit into their insane micromanagement insecurities. They haven’t developed the personal facilities to think on their own. No, they want to see how popular you are at self marketing and how easy you are to manipulate through social memes so they can manipulate you that way too. They’re incapable of original thought and want you to be that way too.

        Oh and filling those gaps with education……. or trying to change careers though education no longer acceptable. I check out HR people and managers just as HR checks us out. I look for their education and what utter nonsense they post to HR blogs. LOL

        NO ONE works harder than the unemployed! NO ONE!

  • Mouchka

    Oh c’mon, people are looking for a JOB, to be able to pay their bills, to pay back their student bills,. They aren’t trying to woo recruiters in order to bag them or get married to them for the rest of their lives. Nowadays, it feels like recruiters are on a (too) high power trip: “we don’t think you`ll be a good fit”, “we don’t think you’ll laugh at our jokes”, “you don’t look, speak, smell, behave like us.” Give me a break and get off your high horses!

  • Glenn Thomas

    Obviously written by a nonqualified person!!!

  • Glenn Thomas

    From my experience in the IT profession experience means everything then being the right fit with the organisation, department, section, boss, and co workers.

    Qualifications to employers means little or nothing, at best it means you can read, write and do some maths. They want people that can obey, fall in line and take orders and not to rock their boat.

  • Serah Essen

    Nonsense. You get rejected because the people in charge of screening the CVs are pretentious people who think they know how to spot the good candidates when they have no clue. That is why there are so many failures in the recruiting processes.

    • Glenn Thomas

      I Agree completely, to add to this they are also trying to please their clients who have their own interest in mind (to protect their job and to promote themselves) other than their company.

  • Ann D.

    1. I figured it out: BIAS! If the interviewer likes the way you look, sound (smart) and laugh, that also makes them feel good about themselves so you are hired! If they don’t like you as a person it won’t matter how amazing your resume is. Other interviewers like “tyrant” kind of attitude on potential employers. Study your case: are you likable or are you there to throw people under the bus?
    2. I actually check the place before applying for the position, but there was occasion when I didn’t! Boo. The interview date came and I got to the location to realize it just stunk, literally. And the existing clients didn’t look happy, the worker there was clueless about why they were mad. A circus!! My interviewer show up looking drunk and sipping on slurpee. At that point I was embarrassed to be there, but I embraced the idea that if it’s to be this casual, I cheerfully started… “hi, thank you for having me. Nice to meet you. Have you brought slurpees for everybody? Those guys downstairs are having a heck of a time with those clients, maybe a round of slurpee would cheer them up?” Interview took place, same old “traditional” questions blah blah blah. Finally I was able to say “my first contribution to the workplace will be: improve client experience by making this place odor free, there are natural scents available in the market that can increase likability up to — %” . Then had to filled up the paper work… Nope, I didn’t get hired, even sounding friendly and smart and cute. Maybe my salary expectation was too high for them, maybe because the interviewer was looking for 100% newbies in the industry, who knows. Maybe because I don’t like slurpee LOL .
    3. References. No, I don’t have any. If they can’t hire me for who I am why then with references. Now if I have references from celebrities, heck yes! Because in any business we are dealing with people not their references. There is probation period that’s enough time for them to see that you are a great fit (or not) for the job.
    4. Don’t be lazy or a loser, but be yourself nonetheless and continue looking for improvement. Always.
    good luck

  • Alex Tkachev

    10 reasons you never get job better version. I should write my own blogs.
    1. from one to more recruiter looking at you making you uncomfortable to continue.
    2. Recruiters and companies don’t care, they only want a slave puppy dog to always say yes.
    3. Job market always low because There are no need for job. have you ever considered going and leave in the wilderness away from civilization?
    4. Job is another word for slave. it doesn’t matter what you do, you make low wage anyway.
    5. Rich people are slaves to but they are slaves to their money.
    6. Job search may be easy but when you got to a point for interview there only 1% will get hired for that dream job you always wanted and you not invited, only for interview.
    7. That guy who was 1% realized that this is same bs that all the jobs have.
    8. if you think you better than other companies, check again you are all the same once you become in power.
    9. This could go on I have more where this came from 10 years of experience.
    10. Companies only want money they don’t care about you and those rich guys, they could kiss my ass. See if I care…
    By the way if my comment will be deleted is because I am right and others don’t want you to find out. and all other outhere blogs are puppets nothing else.

  • http://unlv.edu Ezzat Ayyad

    I agree with all your points. I would add, being sincere and show consistency and stability in the new job, is important. Take all these point to heart not just show, but intent loyalty and focus on real giving attention to your future job.

    • Glenn Thomas

      This guy is ace FBI/CIA material !!!

    • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

      Um, and your photograph is evidence of what exactly?

  • Roustam

    Dear Peter Harris, most of us are not sloppy and we are not smelly. And surely most of us don’t have unrealistic salary expectations. And having references is barely ever an issue. Most of us, dress professionally and act professionally, and still most of us still cannot find well-paid job. Stop looking down at job seekers, because if you get there you will realize what a pain it is too do job hunting nowadays. What is that? I am doing everything what I was told, still I am jobless!

    • Savannah Nash

      I think the comments speak volumes about the real issue!!!

      • Roustam

        Yes, I believe that too.

  • Mcdonald Kaisala

    Those are very useful tips, I just got hired for the job of dream.

    • http://www.canuckywoman.com/ Canucky Woman

      “I just got hired for the job of dream”?

      lololol…Thanks for proving our points, Mcdonald. :p

  • Roger Laraway

    To me? You sound like a bitch! and to me, if the person hiring did smoke? You might get a lot more diverse workers rather than ones you are looking for that are too much just like you! Nerdy/can’t be physical/has a PH.D/only works day side and gets 40+ hours a week and does nothing except sit at a computer? Tell me how many 12 year old kids can’t sit at a computer all day long typing/creating spread sheets/Inputting info for your database or even creating a db? Hell, I bet they could even run that Company if their name ended in a famous name and already had Millions huh? So what were you talking about again? :-)

  • Roger Laraway

    Most employers today seem to demand too much like they think they are
    Gods gift. They try to control every step you take while your on the
    clock. I say: Although they may think they are getting what they want
    from an employee and feel good about themselves telling them what to do
    even if it sounds rude, which many are starting to do? This to me is
    very unexceptable as this is a sign of dictatorship which I would gladly
    clock out and and say: Wanna talk know? Better make it quick because I have things to do that are much more important to me than waisting my time here talking to you!

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  • Maeva

    For those who are saying that the problem with employment is systemic – I concur! This might seem outrageous, but look up “psychopathic businesses”. Suspend the belief for a moment that a business exists to do one thing, which is to increase its profits and do what’s in the best interests of the business … this is a rationalization which allows them to avoid accountability and find loopholes in discrimination laws.

    Companies are a bit like psychopaths who operate with one goal: self-interest at the expense and on the backs of others. Businesses don’t get rich by themselves, they need the help of their employees – the producers. Yet many of them treat their employees like garbage and don’t care one jot whether you can afford to live or have anything to show for it at retirement, so long as you continue to produce and increase their profits until your utility value expires.

    When something goes wrong at the company, it’s commonplace for the employees get blamed even though the company may actually benefit from reevaluating its policies and operatinng procedures. This is also applicable to hiring processes and how positions are filled. The candidate is usually the first one to be blamed if they don’t get a job – not incompetent, judgmental HR managers or business owners on power trips. Sometimes the blame may be legitimate, just as complaints can be, but blaming is a common trait of people with mental health disorders. It doesn’t make it okay when a business does it any more than if it’s an individual.

    Further reading:

    “Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work” by Paul Babiak, Ph.D., and Robert Hare, Ph.D.

    Forbes.com: The Disturbing Link Between Psychopaths and Leadership

    Harvard Business Review: Executive Psychopaths

  • paul,george,ringo, john

    F business and F political D. I’m not represented, because I don’t have the dependents that I need or I am not opening up a business. Plus, I am convinced that you have to have a certain amount of white men, women, and non whites working for you, so the company can get a tax break for hiring non white men and woman. Bye Bye.

  • superpanda

    7 steps to get hired

    1. LIE
    2. Prepare for some banal “behavioral questions” like tell me about your accomplishments and failures stuff and of course put even bigger lie
    3. FAKE REFERENCES and/or job places: the background checker will only contact the information you provide and the police for criminal records. so it is easy to use a voice changer hook it up to an ip phone create fake site with an e-mail extension that looks like the real thing. I provided reference for my current job straight out of Harvard lol idiots still think I used to be a private consultant at for some professor at Harvard recently diseased of course. Search the internet for recently diseased professor or company ceo or somebody who is diagnosed with some deadly s***t … and is soon about to play the box that’s the best option.

    4. On the interview be extremely humble; that contrast between the references. the resume and yourself should be crashing them down like an artillery cannonade.

    Just put together a really good “tell me about yourself” answer with details dates, persons, interests your education interests bla bla bla the thing must look real just put details as much as you can so that it does not look like lie.

    5. Start the interview with how that company is great and what a big change it brought about.
    (Just read the shit they put on the websites, paraphrase it , make it sound even more stupid than the actual thing, and say how the place is your dream work.)
    6. Try to find the job description they posted google usually cashes it. just do a little research on the qualifications they need and line up your story with them remember about the details.

    7. From there on you are pretty much hired the dumb skirt will ask you some general questions about the diversity bla bla just don’t tell them that you think of your pubic hair when you hear the word diversity.

    At work place be super humble quiet just smiley guy that poses no threat don;t talk much just be around but not much and DO NOT DO SHIT that’s the best way to stay at the job forever.

  • Summer Wine

    Vancouver is crying out for nurses. Some nurses are working back to back for 18 hours. I do not know where you are, but if you are looking for a job in nursing, you should have no problems finding one in Vancouver.

  • TheSharpenedPen

    I’ll take that under advisement – I’ve just about exhausted all options here.

  • Summer Wine

    I agree with your last paragraph totally. I feel that jobs should be awarded to people based on merit, and not based on gender, color and race.

  • TheSharpenedPen

    I wasn’t always a nurse? And now, quite frankly, I’m applying for every job I come across, nursing or not.

  • Summer Wine

    I do not think there is a Human Right Commission any more. I think they did away with that department many years ago.

  • Cindy

    I doubt Chinese have any problems they are rich and bring loads of money

  • Cindy

    that’s bs I see lots of Asians have their own businesses. look at the billboards and market signs they don’t read in english

  • Cindy

    gee isn’t sexism and racism a whitemans invention along with fascism,colonialism,imperialism,classism,jim crows law

  • TheSharpenedPen

    Then why does the government always focus on these things? Why do applications always ask what race/gender you are?

    You know how it should work? Applicants should be assigned a number and those doing the hiring should never even be given the names, race or gender of the applicants. If your number is called for an interview – then that’s the point where they find out the demographics – not before.

  • Cindy

    it should be based on crooks and whites are crooks get out of north America and go back to Europe.everyone knows whites like to sue people so why would anyone of color ever and I mean EVER hire you scum

  • therimisrolled

    Au contraire, LOTS get put on Facebook without the specific individual even putting it there, or even having a Facebook account !

  • Nick Kossovan

    Examples (proof) please… otherwise what you are “claiming” is BS (probably manufactured by your paranoia).

  • Ricardo Henrique Tabone

    By “grammer”, do you mean “grammar”?
    Is Guest a former college instructor and that is why they need to upgrade their grammar? (That’s what you wrote, basically).

  • Jimbotron

    Remember that Seinfeld episode where George Costanza is looking for a job.
    He encounters an executive who keeps telling him to conform. We want conformists here George, not free thinkers …..at the end the drones are sitting in a restaurant at a table chanting one of us, one of us, one of us !