To think a job applicant should not call me hun

(45 Posts)
Arnie123 Tue 06-Aug-13 12:12:25

An applicant for a cleaners job contacted me and as she had a car I thought she may be a good option. I interviewed all cleaners in their own homes and so made an appointment to visit. About an hour before she sent me a text "awww Hun cannot make it give us a bell later in the week to rearrange."

The whole Hun thing has really annoyed me for some reason I see it as incredibly overfamiliar and I have not got back in touch. Perhaps it is me and I am just getting older and grumpier what do you think?

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 06-Aug-13 12:15:14

Without wanting to sound patronising... you are asking for people to apply for a cleaner's job, not the CEO of Coutts. Fair enough, it's very chatty/casual parlance but not rude or snippy, which I would look down on more. Think of it as a plus rather than a minus; she's friendly/personable. I wouldn't not ring someone back because of that, however annoying "hun" is...

SamuelWestsMistress Tue 06-Aug-13 12:16:37

She's a netmum! Don't employ her.

ParsingFancy Tue 06-Aug-13 12:16:56

In that text you have your whole working relationship laid out, should you take her on.

And I'm not talking about the Hun bit.

redskyatnight Tue 06-Aug-13 12:18:13

I'd be annoyed by the whole text tbh. It's very casual. I'd worry she would be unreliable (why is she not available - is it a family emergency?). The "hun" is just the icing on the cake

GetStuffezd Tue 06-Aug-13 12:18:43

*In that text you have your whole working relationship laid out, should you take her on.
And I'm not talking about the Hun bit.*

Spot on

BigW Tue 06-Aug-13 12:20:25

Don't bother rearranging - you'll be getting 'can't make it' texts all the time.

Elsiequadrille Tue 06-Aug-13 12:21:27

Nobody should call you hun (yuk). But especially not a job applicant.

Abra1d Tue 06-Aug-13 12:22:08

Move on to next candidate.

phantomhairpuller Tue 06-Aug-13 12:22:28

I agree with Parsing.

Doesn't set the best example does it?!

ilovecolinfirth Tue 06-Aug-13 12:22:34

Is there any way the message wasn't meant for you? Cannot believe anyone would send that when it comes to a potential job.

AliceLongbottom Tue 06-Aug-13 12:23:55

Hun is far too over familiar for a job applicant. A PP said "it's not like they're applying for the CEO of Coutts." So? How patronising. If you're applying to be a cleaner then, you can be let off as you're not expected to have any brains?! hmm

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Leeds2 Tue 06-Aug-13 12:29:32

I would avoid this woman. Not really for using the word "hun" (although I don't like it, and think it inappropriate in the circumstances you describe), but mainly for the complete lack of apology. Also, perhaps unfairly, her text gives the impression that she might not be the most relaible.

Southeastdweller Tue 06-Aug-13 12:29:59

Way too over familiar for any job. I don't blame you for giving her the boot.

marciaoverstrand Tue 06-Aug-13 12:30:26

I'm a cleaner, that's not an appropriate reply to a potential customer.
I'm friendly with the people I work for, but they are not my friends!

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 06-Aug-13 12:30:50

Actually, I just read that she sent the let-down text an hour before you were visiting her. Forget her.

I still wouldn't dismiss someone based on a text, though.

BuggedByJake Tue 06-Aug-13 12:34:54

I think you should contact her, I doubt that text was intended for you & she might wonder why you don't turn up to interwiew her.
If it was intended for you then definitely don't employ her, & not just because she uses 'hun'.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Tue 06-Aug-13 12:35:54

The "Hun" I'd overlook in a different context. A lot of people use it intending to be friendly rather than inappropriately informal. But being unreliable and sending you a sloppy text rather than calling to discuss why she needed to rearrange would mean I wouldn't offer her the job.

Agree with everyone else. The "Hun" part is the least of your concerns (although the random capitalisation did momentarily make me wonder if she was using insulting slang for a German!)

Lweji Tue 06-Aug-13 12:41:08

Nobody should call you hun (yuk). But especially not a job applicant.

This

HazelnutinCaramel Tue 06-Aug-13 12:41:14

Her text is so terrible in the circumstances, I'm seriously wondering if it was meant for someone else? Try and texting her back with a non-committal 'That's unfortunate, I'll be in touch to rearrange' . Then if she did send it to you by mistake, she'll realise.

DoctorRobert Tue 06-Aug-13 12:44:36

Did it actually say "awww" at the beginning?!

It wouldn't be the "hun" that would put me off - this is for a cleaning job after all, not a brain surgeon - but a flippant cancellation an hour beforehand with no attempt at apology certainly would.

ParsingFancy Tue 06-Aug-13 12:51:00

If you want to check, "Sorry, was this meant for me?" will be fine.

Dominodonkey Tue 06-Aug-13 12:53:54

I agree with most of the other posters. If the message said..

"I am really sorry hun but something has come up and I really can't make the interview. Would it be possible to rearrange for another day? Sorry for the inconvenience"

then I would definitely give her the benefit of the doubt and think that her friendly attitude may go down well with customers, but she sounds like a potential nightmare from that message.

MalcolmTuckersMum Tue 06-Aug-13 12:57:19

Run like the wind! Sounds exactly like the kind of person who thinks it's ok to text in sick ten minutes before shift starts. I can't imagine on what planet it's ok to call anybody 'hun' but a prospective employer shock? Really?
And all the implications that because she's a cleaner she's too thick to do anything else? Very rude.

ageofgrandillusion Tue 06-Aug-13 12:59:55

Wtf? YANBU. Seriously, how thick are some people?

Salmotrutta Tue 06-Aug-13 13:10:15

If she genuinely meant to send the text to you and not a friend or something then it wrong on at least two levels!

Firstly, you don't text a prospective employer to say you can't make it - you actually call them to explain and rearrange if possible.

Secondly, you don't call someone you don't really know "Hun"! Never mind whether its an employer or not!

Mind you, it's actually hilarious in a shocking sort of way...

TimeofChange Tue 06-Aug-13 13:12:56

Why are you interviewing them in their own homes?
Is it to see how clean their house is?
As an applicant I would find that an invasion of my privacy.

It would be polite of you to get back in touch, whether it's to say she hasn't got the job or to rearrange the interview.

WorraLiberty Tue 06-Aug-13 13:16:31

She sounds like her attitude is far too casual

On that basis, I wouldn't want to employ her.

Having said that, I would refuse to be interviewed in my own home because that's my own private space.

Salmotrutta Tue 06-Aug-13 13:16:58

Are you serious Time?

The candidate should have phoned the OP to explain! Not to do that one simple thing is extremely rude.

The interview venue is irrelevant.

Salmotrutta Tue 06-Aug-13 13:19:12

See, I was thinking the OP ran a cleaning business and organised home interviews because she was out and about anyway.

I have no idea why I assumed that! blush

ShadowMeltingInTheSun Tue 06-Aug-13 13:20:33

The entire text looks too casual, even without the "hun" bit (which I agree is too overfamiliar from a job applicant).

I'd at least expect some sort of apology or explanation for the last minute cancellation.

TimeofChange Tue 06-Aug-13 13:25:51

Salmo: I have never, ever heard of anyone being interviewed in their own home for a job that will be worked anywhere but their own home.

To me that comes across as possible judging the candidate by the state of their home and the contents of their home.

Would you really be happy having a perspective employer come to your house to interview you?

If Arnie hasn't got suitable premises for interviews then they should be held either in a hotel meeting room, which would cost money, or a supermarket cafe.

Yes, I do agree the 'hun' is over familiar, but does seem common these days.

Salmotrutta Tue 06-Aug-13 13:35:01

I've never heard of a home interview either Time - not sure how I'd respond if it was me tbh! grin

But texting to say you can't make it with no explanation or anything is just poor form.

Tuppenceinred Tue 06-Aug-13 13:46:16

As an ex cleaner... I think that text should tell you everything you need and you should probably just text back saying that you have found a cleaner now.
I am however really curious about why you ended up going to their homes to interview them, so hope you'll explain. I would have found that very strange. An interview should be a two-way process and I'd have expected to see the place I was going to clean, so that I could also decide if I wanted the job. If you'd come to my house when I was cleaning 6-odd houses a week you wouldn't have been impressed. After cleaning every day the last thing I wanted to do was get the vac out at home!

catgirl1976 Tue 06-Aug-13 13:49:47

The whole text is waaay to casual

Do not employ.

OrangeOpalFruit Tue 06-Aug-13 13:56:13

What I get from that text is that she doesn't actually want the job. I suspect you would get nowhere trying to rearrange even if you wanted to.

HerculePoirotsTache Tue 06-Aug-13 13:58:24

An hour before you are about to interview her, she sends you this text. I would be a bit worried about her to be honest.

LEMisdisappointed Tue 06-Aug-13 14:03:02

DoctorRobert - I had a cleaning job just before christmas - I also have a PhD in neurobiology, so you should not assume!

Saying that, she didn't apologise, she texted instead of called so yeah, id not bother with her. Oh and is the job still on offer? wink Might i ask why you are interviewing in peoples homes though? I'd hate that.

Yes far too casual, to the point where I think it wasn't intended for you.

It could have been a response to an arrangement with a friend that she forgot about because she was busy getting herself and her home ready for your inspection interview.

And hour before interview, whilst dashing about trying to get ready, hair done, change clothes, quick dash about with the hoover because for some reason, this woman wants to interview her at home which is weird but she needs the job, she suddenly remembers that she'd arranged to go to her best friend's for coffee. Not wanting to stand her friend up she dashes off a quick text

Crinkle77 Tue 06-Aug-13 14:31:05

Have to agree with all the other posters. Her attitude is far too casual. If she had to cancel she should have rang you in person and spoke to you properly.

Aargh posted too soon!

...To said friend, which, because it's her friend, is casual and includes the word 'hun'. Unfortunately, due to being in the midst of pre-interview jitters she inadvertently sends it to you without realising.

She then sits there, in her interview outfit and beautifully clean house, wondering why you haven't turned up, feeling like a mug for going to so much trouble.

Her text is so far from what I would expect, and so close to a text to a friend that I personally would have text back something along the lines of 'I'm sorry, I'm only interviewing today so if you can't make it I shall not be able to consider you.' That way if it was a mistake she had the option to know what had happened and correct it, or confirm it was cancelled.

As it is, there could be a brilliant cleaner out there who spent ages getting ready for the interview and believes she was stood up by a rude person....

Remotecontrolduck Tue 06-Aug-13 15:13:09

Calling you 'hun', is the least of your worries.

Cancelling by text, with no explanation an hour before means you've binned your chance of getting the job imo. If it truly was a last minute disaster she should have rung, explained and apologised profusely.

Text back to say that there is no time to rearrange, the interview was today. You have other candidates to see. On the small off chance it was a mistake, she'll phone you straight away.

She isn't reliable, she can't want the job that much. For that reason, move on!

quesadilla Tue 06-Aug-13 15:17:12

the time-keeping thing and the generally casual approach would bother me more than the "hun". The "hun" thing is a bit off... it just suggests she doesn't have a great radar for what's appropriate (or not) but its not a public-facing job so wouldn't be a deal-breaker if I thought she was fantastic.

But the fact she's cancelling you shortly beforehand and doing so by text would ring alarm bells for me.

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