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Hiring Nightmares: Pushy, Persistant and Rude Applicants

Posted by Erin Borgerson on February 4, 2013

Last week we wrote a blog post about handling rude job applicants. But occasionally, those rude applicants take a step further when they find out you won't be hiring them. 

A manager of a small business wrote to Ask a Manager about how to handle a "pushy" job candidate. You can read the full story on Alison's blog, but we'll give you a synopsis:

This store manager has had the same applicant apply for multiple jobs over the past fewrude job applicants years, and each time the candidate is rejected. Though the candidate looks good on paper, she doesn't interview well - and by doesn't interview well, the manager says she gives answers completely contrary to the values of the company.

But it's not one of those interviews that has felt like a waste of time. This candidate routinely applies for jobs at this small business. Even worse - she has approached the manager multiple times (in public) asking why she wasn't hired. So the manager wants to know whether she should give this candidate even more feedback than she already has (again, here's the entire story). 

As usual, Ask a Manager has a great answer. For this particular situation, she recommends skipping the feedback altogether. Her explanation: Because the candidate sounds pushy and likely wouldn't accept the reasoning. 

If the candidate wasn't as hostile, we'd recommend explaining that we don't think they would be a good fit because of A, B and C. This way, if the candidate was serious about finding a new job, they could learn from the experience. Ideally, they would take your advice to heart and realize that in order to succeed, they'll have to change some things.

Have you been in a situation similar to this? Tell us about it!

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Maggie Coffey is the coffee-loving Marketing Intern for Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today! 

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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.