After some recent scheduling inconsistencies causing a few extra absences from the gym, I was pumped to get my sweat on today. My energy level was revved up from the brief break, so I was eager to take advantage of the situation to get back in the groove.
My workout routine started out strong and I was looking forward to making my 24Hour Fitness check-in count. Then, my enthusiasm quickly waned as I noticed the dripping wet dude with veins bulging out of his forehead grunting and groaning away on the sweat-puddle-surrounded treadmill behind my spot on the elliptical.
For a while I tried to ignore the very loud and disturbing guttural noises. I did my best to keep the momentum on my machine while shoving my ear buds deeper into my ears. But the more I tried to tune out Grunt Guy, the more obnoxious the sounds became. It was loud enough that moving to a different location wouldn’t have mattered.
Eventually the gross-out factor was too distracting and disgusting, so I cut my gym visit short. It was as if that guy’s overexertion was creating my own internal (silent) grunts and groans about how easy it is for something that should be simple, even pleasurable to get ruined.
I was reminded how there are many ways things should be simple, and quite possibly pleasant, in the recruiting and hiring process but get wrecked by inconsiderate habits. Some grunt and groan inducing examples include:
- Poorly written ads (full of incoherent copy, typos, misspellings, grammatical issues) and carelessly formatted job postings with exhaustive lists of “requirements” for specific skills, experience and education, yet no correlating business (or BFOQ) justification
- Inexperienced agency recruiters cold calling a hot prospect based on a basic resume key word match, but not an experience-related or appealing match with that hot prospect’s career journey
- Same awareness-lacking agency recruiters conducting cold calls without having ability, willingness or know-how to describe the role in question (on behalf of the client company) and thus no way of assessing whether the person they speak with is in fact qualified
- Again same, dial-for-dollars, agency recruiters calling same hot prospect every week or so, with a hot new opportunity at his/her "confidential" client company, yet never providing any feedback to said prospect about the hot new opportunity(ies) from the week(s) prior
- Corporate career website content purporting to value the best and brightest, yet company staffing their recruiting function with the worst and dullest
- Applicant tracking system steps that go on screen after screen with more “required” fields and disclosures than a $1M home mortgage application
- Demanding that applicants reveal current or prior earnings in order to be considered for a posted opportunity (*required field)
- Requesting interviewed candidates to regurgitate their entire career history at the start of each interview round with each new interviewer rather than referring to the resume or initial screening notes
- Pretending that there is some significant difference between hiring candidates of different ages, genders or other demographic traits rather than just seeking the most “appropriately” talented human being
All of the above are grossly unnecessary behaviors that shouldn’t be allowed ruin anyone’s recruiting process or cause candidate overexertion to the point of frustration or disgust.
What are some other grunt and groan causing actions that you would add to the list of things to REMOVE from the routine?