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“You want to hire the most qualified, not the most desperate.”
– Me.

There. I said it. You need help, and you want the best help available. I offer my tips on how you can make sure you get the best of the best.


Break it down into bullets and do provide:

  1. a general overview of the job;
  2. a list of duties and responsibilities;
  3. the qualities of the ideal candidate;
  4. and lastly but most important – information on who you are with a link to your website.

The more information you provide, the better the seekers can prepare and give you the info you need to make a sound decision. Applying for a job without knowing anything about the employer is like playing darts with a blindfold. You don’t want a dart shot in your forehead now do you?


Yes, you are the employer. Yes, you are in control. Yes, the competition is ferocious. It comes back down to the first line in this post: do you want the most desperate or the most qualified? Between the interviews, take a few minutes to review the resume to better know who will be walking through your door. Everybody’s time is valuable, yours is not more precious than the seeker’s.

You may expect your candidate to hand you a resume as he or she sits down, but the candidate does expect you to have at least glanced the documents prior to the meeting. A quick speed read in front of the candidate makes things awkward, and only helps the interviewee to feel even less important. Do what you can to make this person as comfortable and confident as possible.


You’re the boss, you have a budget for this position, you know what you can afford, and what you are willing to pay. Imposing them to tell you their minimum will only indicate their level of desperation. Again: Do you want the most desperate or the most skilled? Tell them the pay, let them decide if they are willing to do the work for that amount or not.


What are your thoughts about resumes with typos? Pretty bad isn’t it. Don’t expect high quality when your own ad is laced with errors, poor formatting and confusing structure. If you invest less than 15 minutes in your ad and rush through the process the message you are sending is that the hiring is of no importance to you. If it’s not important, then why are you hiring?

Are you assuming people are so hungry they’ll come crawling face down in the muck for minimum wage? And by the way, that was a Big Lebowski reference, know about pop culture if you call for people with a sense of humor.


Not letting them know who you are before the interview is wasting everybody’s time. Not reading their resume, is wasting everybody’s time. Scheduling the interview knowing the candidates will show up early, and making them wait beyond their appointment is wasting everybody’s time. Knowing 5 minutes into the interview you are not interested in them, and prolonging the meeting is wasting everybody’s time. Chances are you will know within 5 minutes if they are a fit.

I’ve once had an employer give me a typical day followed by “What would you do in this situation?” Instead of answering that question, I asked “Is this a common occurrence, or a once in a while thing?” When they told me it was common, and to be expected daily I thanked them for their time, and told them the job was not for me. I ended the interview on the spot. They were shocked, and insulted. Sadly they never realized just how lucky they were! The interview process is a 2-way street.

This post is part of a new series on the labor market and the hiring process. This is the 2nd piece of this series. The system is broken. I want to start the discussion, hopefully something good will come of it for our society.


  1. My job interview last year was close to the ideal you are looking for in your post. Close, because I did show up at 13:40h for a 14:00h appointment, which didn’t begin until 14:30. It was a group interview, so they had a reasonable comparison between applicants. And I got the job, because while I was fairly desperate, I didn’t reek of it. Also, all the other applicants were kind of under dressed


  2. I hate it when they ask what salary you are expecting! That happened to me in an interview when I first returned to the UK. I’d been away for six years, so I had no idea what the minimum wage even was and I was struggling just getting used to using sterling again. I explained that to the interviewers, and they made me give an answer so I just guessed. Due to the look on their faces and the fact I didn’t get the job, I think it was the wrong answer 🙂


    1. It took a while to understand what you meant by “higher” like all day… I finally caught on. Maybe that’s why I’m not getting hired? I don’t understand typos! 🙂


  3. Is it too troll-ish to put a link to one of my “Double-barrel Unemployment” posts here? I so want to!

    Anyway – I found myself nodding in agreement throughout this entire post. Poorly-written ads, vague or misleading (you find out in the interview) ads, and ads with ERRORS especially drive me crazy. I can’t tell you how many times I saw “detailed-oriented” in job postings – or a correct “detail-oriented,” in an ad filled with mistakes and an obvious inattention to detail on their part. Oh – and don’t get me started on the misuse of the word “timely!”

    Again, my hat is off to you, for the fact that you are able to swim this murky sea with your humor intact.


    1. I’m trying to detach myself from the process which I no longer wish to play in. Hence the self-employment strategies. But really, go ahead, share your link you know you waaant to! 🙂

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  4. #3 is bullshit isn’t it?! I hate it when I get asked that. Next time I’m going to steam in with £100k per annum and when they tell me to fuck off, I’ll politely ask what they had in mind.


    1. There you go! Worst can happen is that you get that amount! I’ve once blogged my way to a $5000 weekend. Man… those were the days!


  5. Re: No. 2 “read resumes…” One of the only companies that responded to an application of mine, rejected me, saying I didn’t have enough experience to ask for an entry level salary. I have 15 years experience doing exactly what the position required. I didn’t answer the email.

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  6. I love this series, Marie! And I think number 5 is something that has to be done more often. It’s very true that employers know in the very first few minutes whether someone is a fit or not. It’s a two-way process indeed, but I feel that the majority of companies are stuck with that feeling of doing people a favor of having vacancies available. This is not the case. Both parties are doing each other a favor and in the end it will help society as a whole.


  7. Could you come and speak to my bosses? We’ve had some turn over lately, and they’ve continued the trend of either hiring unqualified people because they’re friends or family, or they hire people for one job and then drag them in a hundred different directions. Seriously, though, everything above is spot on.


  8. I hate it when the add doesn’t say who they are or where they are. Sometimes location is important as is who they are.
    Great post


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