When HR director Kris Dunn is in recruiting mode and gets your phone’s answering machine, he uses the occasion to judge you as a leader.
“Good energy and kind of dynamic-sounding in your voice mail greeting? Cool. I’m more interested,” he says. “Sound depressed and seem like the whole thing takes too much energy? I’m out—you lost the opportunity.”
Once, Dunn called an otherwise impressive candidate and “BAM!!! I’m treated to 30 seconds of a profane Notorious B.I.G. track” before her professional voice greeted him.
Pity. She was out of the running.
It would have been the same story, Dunn says, if the recording were Marilyn Manson or Larry the Cable Guy.
Lesson: “Market to me, the recruiter,” he says. “Don’t take risky chances with your brand.”
— Adapted from “Press ‘1’ To Eliminate Yourself Immediately as a Candidate,” Kris Dunn, HR Capitalist blog, www.hrcapitalist.com.
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