Story Time: Comically Bad Job Candidates

Once upon a time the company I work for decided to hire a new employee… 

We recently placed a job ad and the candidates coming in are very interesting!

To be fair, most of the applications are just fine. However, there have been a few that have been downright bad.

For example, one gentleman guy included a link to his personal Facebook account in his resume. All of his profile pictures are public and his most recent one involves him shirtless, flicking off the camera. Another one of his profile pictures included this meme:

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Cool, bro.

Another candidate had an okay resume. When I google’d her name to check if her LinkedIn profile matched her resume I found a link to her college “modeling portfolio.” Let’s just say I now know what her nipples look like #NSFW.

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The pictures made me cringe. Truly, what has been seen cannot be unseen!

I really think the very best advice I could give college students today would be GOOGLE YOURSELF. I really don’t think this can be said enough!

Luckily most of the job candidates have had locked down social media profiles… except for Instagram. It seems like everyone leaves their Insta wide open, which I personally like. My Instagram profile is public too. I think Instagram gives you a good idea of what someone’s personality is like without the complete oversharing aspect of Facebook. Then again, I have a blog where I share most details of my life, so what do I know? :).

Have you ever seen anything funny on a resume or job application?
Do you ever Google yourself?

16 comments

  1. Lisa @ Running Out of Wine

    Its interesting that so many people leave their instagram accounts public. Mine is public, but I mainly use it for running pictures. If it was more personal maybe I would keep it private. Googling yourself is so important! There is actually a setting on google where you can be notified if anything about you is shared-I think its google alerts. I am really glad that social media wasn’t around (as much) when I was in college! Facebook had just come out the year I was graduating.
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    1. Kristina

      I have Google Alerts setup for myself as well, and I’m the same with Instagram. it’s pretty much all running so I feel secure about anyone seeing that!

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Let’s jut say I am sooooo happy I got a job before Facebook and Myspace were popular! I am glad I don’t have to edit my life for a potential employer! I can talk about periods, poop, and politics on my blog without fear.

    I feel like college students should be forced to take classes on how to properly manage their social media!
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    1. Kristina

      I spoke with one of my friends who works in student affairs at Stetson and she said they really push the topic with students but unfortunately it doesn’t always get through!

  3. Schlub

    Haha this is classic. Only thing I’ve seen is crazy email addresses on the resume. Bigdaddy69@blahblah and I ask myself, you want people emailing you here? You couldn’t take 5 seconds to create a gmail account? SMH LOL

    Twitter and instagram are dedicated to running so I’m good there. Oh man the blog, I’m done for lol
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    1. Kristina

      Hahaha that’s so funny about the email addresses! I was really wondering what the point about linking to Facebook was for the one job candidate. If he hadn’t linked to his profile I probably never would have looked at it!

  4. Denise

    hahaha oh my, those are too hilarious/embarrassing! Actually the guy’s meme just made me cringe; not only would I not want to interview him, I also would want to lecture him haha. I suppose I should Google myself just to be safe, but I tend to not share anything too crazy in the first place, so I think I’m probably ok.
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    1. Kristina

      Hahah I know what you mean! So cringey!

      I feel the same way – I don’t put anything on the Internet that I’m worried about. I always think “if my coworkers/mom/dad saw this would I be okay with it?” If the answer isn’t yes, I don’t post it!
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  5. Kevin

    Just an FYI – Be careful sharing about job candidates you have at your company. One quick Google search reveals what company it is that you work for. You speaking poorly of job candidates (no matter how bad they might be) could easily get back to your employer, or even the job candidate(s)

    1. Kristina

      Hey Kevin, thanks for the advice. The things you mentioned are all things I considered before I published the post. The first draft of this post was a bit more detailed but I removed a lot of info for the reasons you mentioned. I’m actually sure that my boss has seen this post – all good there. As for the job candidates themselves, I haven’t mentioned anything that isn’t already published publicly on their own accord. If they happen to find this post I hope the advice is taken so that they can find a good job.

  6. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    That is so funny!! At our company we place ads around the country (for courier drivers) and we always have to give the same information to the candidates, so we created a voicemail box where they can listen to the info, and leave their information if they are still interested. Just last week we had someone (an older guy) leave a message on the job line – “I’m not going to talk to a f@$##$ing robot. F$&$#k you Centaur!” (Centaur is my company). It was HILARIOUS! Especially since there was caller ID. haha!! Guess we got the last laugh on that one 🙂
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    1. Kristina

      Holy cow!!!!! That’s definitely way worse than anything I’ve seen! Jeez, so unnecessary!!!

  7. Helly

    Omg, this is hilarious!! Wow. All my social media is private with the exception of my Instagram associated with my blog but that’s just boring running stuff, lol! And even on my personal accounts, I don’t post things I wouldn’t want the whole world to see, lol! I’m friends with bosses and a few special former students so I’m very aware of what I share. Clearly, a lot of people aren’t, jaja!!!
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  8. Karen Bayne

    I try to tell my son this all the time lol Take down the weed pics hippy LOL
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  9. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Social media is such a double-edged sword. If you lock it down, employers wonder. If it’s open, you need to curate it and keep it fairly decent. I am so careful about what I post on my blog and Insta because they’re public and my students or bosses could see it. But I’m pretty loose and free on Facebook because I keep it private…although now that a few teachers and colleagues have found me and friended me over the years, I wonder if I ought to be more careful!
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  10. Jennifer @ Run Jenny Run

    Oh my word! Once I find it, I’ll share a “tips for your new job” list I gave to one of my new employees last year (I didn’t do the hiring…we got a lemon). The stories I have about this guy….he typed 23 WPM..he goes “is that good jen?”
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