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Discussion on: What's the best or worst recruitment line you have heard?

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John Colagioia

I've been annoyed enough to hang up on two recruiters. One asked me to "rate my ability" in C# on a scale from 1 to 10, and didn't like my pointing out that C# is huge, so without knowing what parts their team uses, there wasn't any reasonable answer. Another tried to sell me based on the game consoles they had in their basement, pointing out that "sometimes the developers will stay at the office all weekend."

Then, there was the hedge fund recruiter who didn't seem to understand the large body of water between my home and his office (meaning that they're not "just twenty minutes away") and started talking about how every candidate takes a personality test. I didn't hang up, but I kept increasing my salary requirements until I was out of his price range.

I also once got a job posting that said "candidate must be familiar with technologies." I may have replied to that talking up my exposure to inclined planes and wheels, and may not have gotten that particular job...

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Shane Knudsen

If you'd played your cards right, maybe they'd have thrown in a boat?