The economy sucks. But that doesn’t mean you have to, Mr. Hiring Manager.
Job hunting can be exhausting. You spend half your time screening for craigslist killers, Ponzi schemes and cults. Employers can ask you for not only your resume and cover letter but headshots, transcripts and SAT scores. A new trend is to vet people before they’ve been interviewed. I have had to take tests, answer essay questions and film little pre-interview segments. Bearing in mind that they can ascertain my age, race/ethnicity and gender from these “little interviews,” and the legality of that is questionable.
The last straw was I replied to a posting on Craigslist. I got this quick response:
You have a great resume. I’d like you to complete the attached edit test, and submit your test back to me by 12 pm on Monday, October 7th. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks!
When I opened the “test” it was pretty robust. It would have encompassed all the things I’d be doing on the job. It would also be about about 2 hours of my work day. I would have been happy to do it, had the hiring manager spent more than 5 seconds in their response to me. Call me crazy, but despite there being an economic crisis you want respect from your employees rather than desperation.
I set fire to the rain and sent this:
Hello Hiring Manager,
Thank you for your kind words about my resume. I do not feel comfortable completing your editing test before I’ve had an initial phone screen. It would take over two hours to give it the attention it deserves. I would be happy to do it, if I was in a further stage in the interview process.
I understand that it is an employer’s market. However, in the real estate market, a potential buyer would not be asked to give a deposit before they’ve passed the credit check. You’re looking for someone with the strength of character, diplomacy and skills to manage freelance writers, edit their work and contribute to your site. It would be more cost effective and prudent for me to spend that time completing the 6-10 job applications I can finish in that time.
You’re looking for an employee that will be loyal, believe in your brand and respect you. That starts with mutual respect for each other’s time. A ten-minute cursory phone call lets me know that I’m seriously being considered.
Thank you for taking the time to read my resume and good luck with your search.
I may be out of the running to be America’s Next Bottom Employee but I can sleep better tonight.