The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Business

March 19, 2013

Rude job hunters are spoiling it for others

I’ve often noted that the most frequent beef from job hunters is that, particularly after having interviews, they don’t hear back from employers.

There is, though, a similar - and justifiable - complaint from employers.

I’ve heard shocking examples from hirers who have been burned by no-shows - both for interview appointments and by new hires.

Consider the real-world experience of James W. Randolph, a veterinarian, who responded to a recent column about the stresses of job searches. He wrote, in part:

Our practice has long had the policy of contacting every applicant to let them know where their application stood with us. . Human decency works both ways, though.

When we mark off appointment time for a candidate and they lack the “human decency“ to let us know they aren’t coming to the interview, not only is it frustrating, it’s also expensive. I could have been seeing patients in that time slot.

Or we sign someone up for trial time, and they act all eager to be here, then don’t show up.

This past week I hired a new young lady and asked her to arrive at 7:10 the next day. This is Monday, and we still haven’t heard from her (and, of course, don’t expect to).

It would be bad enough if this were an infrequent syndrome, but it happens all the time.

Armchair quarterbacks can make all kinds of assumptions or excuses about why applicants don’t hold up their end of the human decency contract.

Sometimes, it’s true, they may have discovered undesirable or incompatible information about the workplace or had an emergency. But to just vanish without a word spoils the hirer/applicant relationship for people who are trying to do things the right way.

So, for job-hunting boors, here are the rules:

-If you have an interview appointment, show up or call ahead to explain why you cannot make it.

-If you are hired, show up when you’re supposed to or call in advance with a good explanation why you won’t be joining the payroll.

Diane Stafford is the workplace and careers columnist at The Kansas City Star. Her “Your Job“ blog at economy.kansascity.com includes daily posts about job-related issues of wide interest. Readers may write to her at: Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64108-1413, or by email at staffordkcstar.com.

 

1
Text Only
Business
  • A checklist for keeping you focused at work

    A quick check of Facebook and next thing you know, a half-hour’s passed. Start chatting with a co-worker and suddenly 20 minutes is gone and the report you were supposed to finish by lunch is late.

     

    July 31, 2014

  • Fancy management systems won’t fix bad managers

    In violation of my long-standing “only watch TV” rule, I read an article recently about how Zappos is adopting a management structure known as holacracy.

    July 30, 2014

  • Your Office Coach: Supervisor-employee boundaries must be honored

    QUESTION: Two weeks ago, my husband “Barry“ unexpectedly came home from work with a large flat-screen television. He explained that one of his employees gave it to him as repayment for a loan. I was shocked, because I had no idea that Barry was lending people money.

    July 29, 2014

  • Silly mistakes that sink job applicants

    Some employers won’t care - or won’t catch them - but mistakes in word usage can put your application in the reject pile.

    July 29, 2014

  • Watercooler: Raised to the roof

    Q: Over 15 years, I have worked my way up the corporate ladder with the same organization. I have been given a raise every year and excellent reviews, as well as several promotions.

    July 25, 2014

  • Career Coach Q&A: job search follow-up; introverts as leaders

    Starting a business:

    Q: I have a stable job that I don't hate, but I have an idea for starting my own business.

    July 25, 2014

  • How to become a leader

    QUESTION: I’ve just been promoted into a leadership role. I’m excited, but also kind of overwhelmed. What do I need to do to be good at my new job?

    July 24, 2014

  • Balancing Act: How much is your time worth? Consider outsourcing some tasks

    Todd Paton has a booming business getting customers noticed on the Web. One tool he uses is generating online press releases to build brand awareness and create links that will send traffic to a customer’s website. But Paton, owner of Paton Internet Marketing, acknowledges that writing the releases is not his strong suit. Rather than spend his time doing it, he hires out the task.

    July 23, 2014

  • The Color of Money: No easy way to get out of debt

    Many people who are deeply in debt are desperate for a quick fix. They ask the question: What can I do to get out of debt?

    July 21, 2014

  • Watercooler: When to speak up if you see problems down the line

    Q: Our organization has hired a new director. I am one of a number of division heads; above us, there's the associate director, and above him is the director. The associate director is feared and disliked for his duplicity and dictatorial nature, though few have come forward because of his vindictiveness.

    July 18, 2014

Business Video
Stocks