Hanging up the phone isn't as physical as it once was. You certainly can't slam the receiver down to make a point anymore. Nope -- we have to fiddle with tiny little keypads or touchscreens. Is it any wonder that people forget to hang up altogether?
Recently, an unnamed female recruiter left quite an embarrassing voicemail for the candidate she was pursuing. After leaving her contact information -- all business and poise --she forgets to hang up and starts singing a little ditty... and baby-talking... and babbling on in the presence of something extremely cute but unidentified (I like to picture a tiny puppy with a face like a bear. See above).
It was such a rare treat, the candidate decided the Internet should hear it, too. She sent the recording to Deadspin, where you can listen to the whole thing. Read the transcript below:
Oh, cutie that you are, because you're so precious.
Come here, my little monkey!
My little bear, oh, will you stop it? You're just crazy.
I love my little beary-kins. You can stay here!
You're in demand, my little boo-boo.
You're in demand, my little beary-babe.
You're in demand, my little bear-bear.
You're so sweet, my little carebear.
My little carebear.
I love my little beary-boy.
He's a baby!
He's a baby boy.
My guess is that this candidate no longer has any intention of pursuing the job offer. He or she already betrayed the recruiter by spreading a private and accidental voicemail across the Internet. I don't think the little bear-bear's owner is in any mood to help that candidate score the gig.
But since you're in the business of recruiting, you tell me: would the candidate be endeared enough to call this person back? Would the candidate relate to her as a human being, possibly trusting her more since she's obviously in a more vulnerable position? Or is this a huge faux-pas that made the recruiter instantly lose credibility?