Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Since we're building our finance team at work, I got an ex-coworker to come in for several interviews and we make him an offer. However, he ended up turning us down because he wanted almost my salary and many times the number of options I got; I'm a director and this was a senior analyst position. Anyway, this is not about him.

Continuing our search, we got a referral for a CPA who is only two years out of school. He said during the interview that he always wanted to work in finance (instead of accounting) and he had already quit his public accounting/audit job several months ago. He had potential but we were worried because he had zero finance experience. Anyway, we decided over the weekend to take a chance and make him an offer. Since our company is basically an one-man show in terms of management control, the CEO used to interview every candidate in person. As that is no longer feasible due to the size of the company, each candidate now has to answer a few questions in writing for the CEO to review. Me and all the other directors in finance had to do this. For engineering candidates, they even have to prepare a PPT presentation on themselves and present to the entire hiring group.

While preparing the offer yesterday, the HR recruiter received an email from the candidate saying that the written Q&A was a stupid exercise, and he didn't want to work at any company that wasted its time on something like this (I'm paraphrasing). Surprised, the recruiter called him and it turned out the email was meant for someone else, someone personal and unaffiliated with our company. Well, that made our tough offer decision much easier... don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Seriously though, always check the recipient list on your emails, especially work related stuff, and don't reply all when the email was sent to all-10000-staff@company.com!


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