As we prepare to close out 2013, we thought we would comb through the Staffing Talk archives to highlight some of the staffing lowlights of the year. It should make for some light and entertaining holiday reading. Here they are:

The hiring manager who made a candidate wait for an interview for 45 minutes, and then took a series of phone calls once the interview commenced, including scheduling a time with the cable TV installer to come to their home.

The CPA who wrote an HR pro this blistering email after he was rejected for further consideration for a staff accountant opening because he lived out of state.

The digital dating service eHarmony who will soon begin offering a job searching function. Their line of thinking is simple. They have 20 million users, with personality profiles, and they figure they can bring the values of employers together with the values of job seekers using many of the same personality assessment tools. Is recruiting really like dating though?

A 20-year-old college student who emailed a potential employer about a job opening and, instead of attaching her résumé, accidentally sent a photo of Nicolas Cage.

You drive a what? An SUV? Sorry, but we can't hire you.

The HR specialist who didn't hire a candidate because they drove an SUV.

A panel of four school administrators hiring for a staff position who did group interviews; interviewing four people at a time in four different waves.

The candidate who walked in off the street - literally - to register with a staffing company, and after he had finished interviewing, turned to the staffing pro conducting the interview and asked her out on a date to McDonalds. "He wanted to buy me a kids meal and asked if I could drive there right at that moment. Needless to say, we were not able to place him."

The candidate who walked in to a staffing company, completed an interview, and then asked his interviewer on a date to McDonald's.

Employers who refuse to provide minor workplace accommodations if pregnant employees need them, fire pregnant women for "following doctor's orders" or don't have any kind of maternity leave policy (only one-third of the women in this country are employed by businesses that have a maternity leave policy and 50% have to take their leave without pay, or use a mixed bag of time off from vacation, short-term disability, parental leave, or sick leave, according to the Family Education Network).

The staffing pro who was overheard saying to the company receptionist ‘I don’t know why this b—h came here without an appointment, tell her I am out to lunch" after the job candidate drove to the office from quite a distance. True, she did not have an appointment, her mistake, but she did have a previous conversation with the recruiter about a position the recruiter said the candidate would be perfect for.

The staffing website where the tabs for “Client” and “Candidate” were separate… but linked to the exact same sales pitch.

A hiring manager who conducted interviews wearing Google Glass, but was really streaming episodes of House of Cards on Netflix the entire time (we don't know of anyone who actually did this, we just wrote about the "what if" scenario).

Jason Calacanis, who as CEO of a tech company, had this to say to a resigning employee: "Don’t come back to the office, do not email the team list. Elliot will send you paperwork tomorrow. Today was your last day. Good luck being employee 4,367 at a dying company. Horribly disappointed in you."

To all the job candidates who after failing drug tests, said "it must have gotten into my lungs when my friends were doing it."

To all those job candidates who told staffing associates after a failed drug test, “I was in the room with all my friends when they were doing it, so it must have gotten into my lungs when I breathed the air.”

The woman who brought her toddler son along to the staffing interview. During the interview he climbed onto her lap, then lifted up her shirt and started nursing. She continued on as if she didn’t even notice.

And though we didn't actually write a post about it, I feel compelled to include McDonald's for what surely could be considered one of the biggest HR/PR/Staffing blunders of the year for their ill-fated "McResource program to help valued McDonald's employees with work and life guidance."

The employee website for minimum wage workers that included advice on how much to tip your trainer and pool cleaner.

The web site for employees included multiple posts warning against the negative health effects of fast food, there was detailed advice for McDonald's minimum wage workers about how to tip au pairs, personal fitness trainers and pool cleaners, along with financial tips such as how to get out of holiday debt by returning unopened purchases. The site also published a budget guide for workers that included no money for heat and $20 a month for health care.

The company isn't ending the program to help employees altogether though. A McDonald's spokesperson said in a statement, "We'll continue to provide service to them through an internal telephone help line, which is how the majority of employees access the McResource services."

If we missed someone - or something - notable, feel free to add to it in the comments section.





Tags: Staffing Talk, Hiring Practices, Industry, McDonald's, Hiring blunders, Staffing pros, McResource