Don’t mess with me! My ‘Bother Englineer’

It all started with the job application email I got.

The Applicant's Email

He sent me an ‘exe’ file (I’m on a Mac. Not a problem at all.) Later, got the SWF which was a stupid, kiddish flash intro.

A Flash Intro

With all the continuing mails back and forth, I was already pissed off. My attempts to ignore him was fruitless, telling him that we don’t need him turned out meaningless to him. I finally gave up and wrote an email.

My Reply

I think he got furious, was angry and he felt that I mean ‘he was stupid’ though I was talking about his work. So, here is the reply that let us to create this website ‘Hiring Horror’.

Bother Englineer

Well, we’re sorry but we won’t be able to hire him.

19 thoughts on “Don’t mess with me! My ‘Bother Englineer’

  1. kuratkull

    Hey.
    I was a scambaiter(wasting 404 scammers time and making them jump through hoops for nothing – then ditching them) and I wanted to tell you that the style of writing if very familiar.
    The über-cockiness and boasting about “cool” family members is very typical for an enaraged scammer who feels he’s not getting anything from you, but still not wanting to blow his cover.
    Oh, the typos are typical too.

    I would be glad if you’d check the email headers and see if they lead to S-Africa(and maybe replying to me)… just curious :)

    Take care.

  2. General Maximus

    Yep. Indian for sure. I’m an Indian, and I’m sick of dealing with the kind of English this guy uses. He can understand the English language pretty well, but to anyone who knows Hindi it’s pretty clear that he was translating most of what he has written from Hindi to English in his head.

    People don’t understand that Hindi and English are two completely different languages, and just knowing the words isn’t enough.

  3. CV Bin

    @Max
    No we didn’t, we were trying hard to ignore him or tell him politely that he will feel totally out of place if he is amongst us.

    @piece of shit
    I’m sorry if we’ve hurt your sentiments! ;-)

  4. mare tranquillitatis

    I was helping to screen applicants for my own position once (good place, great boss, just helping out) and I got a CV in a password protected word file. Without the password.

    I just never wrote back.

    But in all honesty, reading this post, you should just have not responded. What possible good did it do to call the fella stupid? None, neither to you nor to the applicant.

    Why is it so hard to either be nice ot to be quiet?

  5. CV Bin

    @mare tranquillitatis

    Please read the whole thing. We tried ignoring, telling him politely that we won’t be able to entertain him. These are few which came up while we’ve been silent on most front.

  6. Rahul Jain

    For Vaidhy and General Maximus,

    I wonder why you felt compelled to comment on the guy’s nationality. That’s besides the point, don’t you think?

    Grow up, you “duck typed” morons.

  7. Manish Sinha

    English is not everyone’s first language. You have to accept this fact.
    Secondly, if you consider that fact that there is such a big workforce of Indian Engineers, this is because lots of people know English in India. (Though not all)

    Commenting on the nationality just shows retardness and to some extent racism. It is not about ignoring the facts. There is no proof that he is an India. Someone just hinted and PN just turned it into a fact.

  8. Martin.T.Z

    Somehow my reaction didn’t get posted so let me try again…

    Well calling someone stupid, makes you and your company look unprofessional. Such word has no place in any stage of recruiting. It’s not only disrespectful to call someone stupid it can anger such person with unpredictable consequences.

    Regularly I apply for a job, just to see how recruiters work. Often the recruiting is outsourced and done by some recruitment office. Often I notice that during intake talk, many recruiters are often kids, ok they are 24y or something but still kids. They have some questions and it really looks as if they don’t know what they are doing. Best intake talks I had was when I apply for a job at some family owned company, they really pay attention to what you really are character and will often prepared to hire you even if you don’t have exact match but do show character. Large company’s seam to fail at this and this is why eventually they lose market share, they hire mediocre personality’s and eventually the company becomes mediocre themselves.

    I am in recruiting business and started with recruiting construction workers from Poland to the Netherlands. Not so long ago moved to recruiting programmers, this because I know programmers teams from Poland.
    One thing I noticed is that educated people take time to write a motivation letter and a CV. With construction workers I often got a very short email saying something like : ” I am interested in that job, how much does it pay net per hour?”. Usually I do take time to write such person back asking for more info: a CV and motivation letter. Another thing with construction workers is when I give them a call, very fast they ask how much they are going to earn and funny thing is no matter what they hear, their reaction is: “why so little?” Such people usually I don’t hire. I think that one need to show first what one can do than perhaps renegotiate the earnings. The trial period is for such test, still one needs to pay the workers according to Unions. So they get payed quite well.

    Every now and than I do get someone that doesn’t give up, just like in the example above and such person calls me a lot of times during a day or week for a job. A desperate person can be very loyal worker but not always. It is sometimes worth trying !

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