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Procedures? We Don’t Need No Stinking Procedures

While being interviewed on a recent radio talk show, I was stunned to hear one of the co-hosts claim “At my company, we see as many as 92% of our job applicants failing to follow the prescribed job posting procedures. We count that as immediate elimination.”

No kidding! Wow, 92% of the presumably desperate job seekers applying to this company’s posted jobs cannot follow enough instructions to pass through the grid and become potential interviewees. What are these people thinking? Ok, maybe the company has some special requirements they have laid out, but so what? I am sure the nature of their business has some unique requirements too (as do most company’s). If someone cannot or will not follow the steps, then what kind of worker might they be?

Remember, the job search process is as much about elimination as it is selection. Candidates cannot give the employer a reason to eliminate them by failing to follow a step in the process.