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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?

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

LunaticFringe Tue 06-Aug-13 12:25:29

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.

PumpkinPositive Tue 06-Aug-13 12:38:36

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.


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.

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