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To think a job applicant should not call me hun

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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?

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.

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!

CoolaSchmoola Tue 06-Aug-13 14:33:51

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....

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.

CoolaSchmoola Tue 06-Aug-13 14:25:48

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

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.

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.

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.

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

The whole text is waaay to casual

Do not employ.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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...

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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


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