There are days in which people have a heightened propensity to piss me off. Today is most definitely one of those days.
When did it become appropriate for employers to conducting hiring processes to contact, and make requests of potential candidates via text message? Last night I spent nearly an hour filling out a job application for a particular tech company. This application was R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S. Things were asked on this application that I doubt would come up in an actual interview of someone in person it was so thorough. And I filled it out.
Today the company reached out to me via text message. TEXT MESSAGE! No phone call, no formal form of communication whatsoever. They sent me a text message that didn’t even include a name on the message. It just said “He, we received your application for [X Company]”. This text message went on to request that I record a video of myself on my phone and text it to them as a part of the hiring process.
I’m sorry but when did it become a requirement in job hunting that I send videos of myself to a nameless, faceless corporate phone?
I called the number to speak with whomever was sending the text messages and no one answered. The voice mail was a man’s voice that said ‘Hi you have reached [X Company], please leave a message after the beep.’
Something about this stinks to me.
I texted them back and asked who I was speaking with and if they could phone me. The response that I got, not thirty seconds after they did not answer my phone call, was ‘This is [X Company] and we’re requesting videos from candidates who’ve applied for the position. We don’t phone any candidates until they’re being considered for the position’.
I take soooooooooooo many issues with that statement.
- Why wouldn’t they answer my call if they could text me 30 seconds later?
- Why do they think it’s appropriate to conduct hiring processes via text messages?
- Why will they not provide me a name of who I am speaking with?
- Why do they get to request videos from candidates if they’re not even willing to tell us their name? Are they judging us based on our appearance? (That’s the only reason I can think of a company asking for a video.)
- Why do we have to send you a video in order to just be considered for the position?
Again, something stinks about this to me.
About 20 minutes later whomever is on the other end of this text message interaction sent me a message that said ‘Do you want the job or not? Videos are due in one hour. Please respond with whether or not you’re willing to take part’.
This is not a phone number that I can find listed for the company anywhere on the internet. It’s not on their website, it’s not on google. When I called the company to verify this is a legitimate request I was told I’d have to talk to ‘Jeff in HR’ and when I was transferred to ‘Jeff in HR’, I got a voicemail and he still hasn’t called me back.
This whole thing makes me so angry. I spent an hour filling out an application answering things that were really none of their business, only to get texted by a nameless phone number, that I cannot even verify is someone who is an employee at this company, asking for a video of myself to be sent.
I haven’t decided how I want to respond to ‘Do you want the job or not? Videos are due in one hour’ message. Part of me wants to just be a total asshole and let them know how unprofessional I find this whole thing. Another part of me wants to ‘play the game’ because I need a job and another part of me wants to keep calling ‘Jeff in HR’ to see if he’ll pick up his damn phone. If I had to hazard a guess, I’m going to bet that I respond with a really snarky response in about a half hour. Because this whole thing is really making me want to bust out my inner asshole.
This is what job hunting has come to… this is what companies deem appropriate. It’s fucking ridiculous.