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August 31, 2006

Spelling Woes

A friend of mine recently got her first job with a company. After being given an oral communication regarding the offer, she was sent some kind of a pre-joining kit, which she had to fill and send back via local courier.

She filled the forms, got all the relevant certificates , put them in an envelope, and since she was in a hurry to leave for some place, asked her mother to write out the company name and address on the envelope and send.

Two days later, she was told that the offer was withdrawn. Why? Because the name of the company was misspelt on the envelope.

Shocked? I certainly am!

Spelling mistakes reflect carelessness, irresponsibility, lack of awareness, lack of thoroughness…and whatever else maybe, but to place it at the center of a hiring decision, which is a very significant decision for the company, is I think completely misplaced logic. And by that misplaced logic, you should not be interviewing or hiring candidates, who come in a few minutes late for the interview, forget to carry hard copies of their resume, change their joining dates more than once..and what else.

As for my friend, she is very happy about being rejected. If this is the way people management decisions get made – I don’t want my career to start with them – is her take.

Its her mom who lives with the regret that she spoilt her daughter’s first ever job offer.


  • Unbelievable!
    I bet this wouldn't have happened had the manager known the candidate personally.

    Which in turn makes me wonder why didn't he know her personally? If you're extending a joining offer to someone, you ought to know them well enough for this not to happen.

    By Anonymous Astha, at Thursday, 31 August, 2006  

  • Hi Astha - Unfortunately, for this company, "something else" was more important than knowing the person!

    By Blogger Anuradha, at Friday, 01 September, 2006  

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