10 Tweets That Will Result in a Rejection Letter

by Rich DeMatteo on November 19, 2010 · 41 comments

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We’ve talked about how Twitter can be useful in the job search, but we haven’t yet discussed how poor use of Twitter will have employers rejecting candidates immediately.  More employers are tuning into social media and researching their candidates before and after interviews.  This means candidates need to be cautious about what they post online. 

I ran a Twitter search yesterday for various “Job Interview” tweets, and found 10 that are perfect examples of what not to tweet about a job interview.  There is no need for me to add commentary on these, but simply put, curse words and anything negative about an interview/position will kill a candidate.  

Check out the below 10 tweets, add in your thoughts in the comments section, and pass on to your network. While this should all be so obvious, many people just aren’t getting it.

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40 comments
LEU
LEU

I must be getting old - WTF is a sex swing?

Donna Sudderth
Donna Sudderth

Rich, Great post! It's interesting that many students (HS or otherwise) aren't completely aware of the implications of social media. I'm currently working the development of a graduate level course in Social Media for journalists and PR students. While many of these students understand the effects of posting certain information to Twitter, FB, and the like, it seems that high schools would be interested in adopting an ethics in social media course into their curriculum. It's amazing to me that high schools will go to great lengths to assist students in preparing for college, yet to not spend at least some time on the new media and how it can be leveraged for students seems like a wasted opportunity to help the youth of today become better, smarter communicators and individuals down the road. Just a thought... Thanks for the great post and the conversation! Donna

Diana Antholis
Diana Antholis

Yikes! Re: #4...What would make that even more awesome is if this person actually tweeted that while in the interview with the "hottie." It's sad that people are writing like that. I think we forget that others don't realize how social media can impact their lives. I look forward to the positive list!

Thomas Riemschneider
Thomas Riemschneider

I really can't wait for the post on tweets that could positively influence a job interview, as I hope to be writing some such tweets in the near future. Nice post, Rich!

Ryan Stephens
Ryan Stephens

I don't know Rich. If these people are applying to be on MTV's "Tool Academy" or a reality TV show entitled "How Not To Get a Job" these tweets could really help the applicant.

Emily
Emily

Number 9 doesn't even make sense! I wonder if these people know that their employers can search for them via Twitter and other forms of social media. HAHA

DroidIn
DroidIn

Alas, the art of "just shut up" is lost forever. There are people who comment on the bowel movement (while in process)

Brett
Brett

Could a positive tweet about an interview actually HELP a candidate? There has to be an example out there.

BTRIPP
BTRIPP

Aside from being unaware of when the 140 characters ran out on the web interface (!), I don't see what's so wrong with #8 ... the poster is excited about doing the job, but (obviously) having "performance anxiety" (have you ever thrown up backstage on opening night, or in the tunnel before kickoff?), and is rather expressively conveying these emotional states to their "Twitter community". I read that as somebody caring deeply about getting the position, with the "Ugh, ugh, ugh" being over the nervousness, NOT the job (or even the interview)!

HR Introvert
HR Introvert

What thisinquiring mind is wondering: in your research, did you find tweets that would make the recruiter say "That's what I'm looking for in this organization!"? Or maybe something like this: "I have the most amazing interview opportunity tomorrow with someone I have heard only the most incridible things about. #Imnotworthy HRi

Grace Boyle
Grace Boyle

Haha, wow! Did you find these? Are they really real? Or did you make them up? People are crazy I tell ya!

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

Great post for some buzz bro! Interesting observation... There were no Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Echofon, or Seesmic users. Maybe the tool shows class..? :) What's funny though is that many people don't understand that your email address that you use to sign up for Twitter, Linkedin, etc is how you can be found. We pull in all of your social handles just from the email address you use to sign up for these services. As always, if it's online - it's probably not private. You are no longer in your tunnel vision that no one else sees. Good post and it seems like this should be on the front page of Yahoo... -Shane Mac

Lindsey
Lindsey

oh good god, how dumb do you have to be to post something like that to twitter?

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Maren - yes, you are always right....but here are my thoughts... Yes, i agree, they probably aren't going for corproate jobs. They are most likely college or high school level tweeters, but if this is how they use social media now, then will that really change later? There are tons of professional tweets for others in the same age group or stage of their career.... it's not OK to tweet like this, because while those companies aren't checking now, the companies later WILL. Not being caught now, means that they are being reinforced that what they tweet has no effect on job outcome. In #2 - ehh, prob shouldn't mention sex swings in a tweet before a company gets to know you. Just my take. In #6 - This is probably the one I'd tal to out of everyone. Shows a tad bit of personality, and depending on the job, could be a good fit. In # 8 - More concerned with the ugh ugh ugh... if they said "Just a little nervous" then I'd be OK. If this tweet was seen by the recruiter, then the recruiter already knows they are nervous, and will be looking for it. Why announce nervousness? It only shows it off in the brightest light.

MarenHogan
MarenHogan

Ummmm, I am guessing (hoping?) that most of these folks aren't applying for jobs where a "letter" is even part of the process. It's also doubtful that the folks who called these people in for an "interview" are on social media or even care about silly things like "literacy" or "decorum". Just a thought. I could me wrong. But I'm, you know, not. :) Actually 2, 6, and 8 aren't so bad. Fear is natural, sex swings always get a laugh and I know I've thought (if not tweeted) about being a "grownup"

JC
JC

Here is what I think 1. People genuinely forget social media is, umm, public and stuff. 2. They're just imbeciles. 3. All of the above.

Dwane Lay
Dwane Lay

I personally like candidates that have a sense of humor about themselves. I'd still talk to at least #6. But yes, the others should probably restrain themselves a bit more.

Beth McDonald
Beth McDonald

When did common sense become passe? I must have missed the memo! Who are these people?! Get a clue!

Benjamin McCall
Benjamin McCall

I don't know... - #4 shows their deep interest! - the sex swing shows creativity - #7 shows passion of course I am being facetious ha

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Donna - thanks for your comment! Yep, it's pretty crazy that some people don't understand the implications. High-schools should definitely spend more time on it.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Diana - Never got a notification for this comment! Thanks for the comment!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Thomas - I'm planning on doing some research on that tonight! Maybe a post this week on some positive tweets to help pass the interview!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Yeah, good point, Ryan. I shouldn't be so hard on them for pursuing their dreams! haha thanks for stopping by!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Emily - Thanks for the comment! I don't think they have ever thought they could be found. What's worse is that they may NEVER know.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

HEy DroidIn - Yep, there is no more "shut up". And yes, why poop tweets?

Brett
Brett

Silly me, someone has asked a very similar question. I look forward to Part Deux: Good Tweets!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey B-Tripp - Thanks for your thoughts. I do not disagree with you. But, your opinion there is your own. The recruiter/interviewer might not feel that the ugh ugh ugh was for that reason. They might also judge the candidate on nervousness. It's just never good to show negativity when it comes to an interview.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey there HRI - I didn't find those tweets, but that's because I wasn't looking for them. How about a part 2 of this series? I'll try to find 10 tweets that will help a job seekers cause!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

All real, grace! Did a search yesterday for 2 hours and came up with these beauties. Lovely, right?

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Wow, Steve. I just read your post.... looks like you had a real cultured individual there!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Shane - you bring up some great points... maybe using the tools does actually show class... Interesting. I hope they are all just high school students with some growing up to do! Thanks for your thoughts, Shane

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Lindsey - dumb, and unaware that social media is basically permanent.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

I agree with all of your points, JC. Maybe some of them appear more idiotic than they really are though, and that's my problem with social media in situations like this. Maybe they'd be great workers...maybe not?

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Dwane - Maybe #6 is on my list as well when thinking about it. Sense of humor and personality is ideal of course, but some of that nonsense is just ridiculous!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Beth - I'm sure half of these are for high school/college students, but they should start practicing professionalism a bit earlier I'd say. Hopefully they do get a clue!

Nancy Carbone
Nancy Carbone

I'm always amazed by the growing level of stupidity amongst the posting public. Thanks for collecting these tweets.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Haha Ben - can always count on you to make me see the positive side! Thanks for your thoughts on this!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Bret - Thanks for popping in! I'll get to a positive tweet search about job interviews by the end of the week. This one may be harder to find!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Very welcome, Nancy... it's very amusing, amazing, and astounding!