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5 Ways to Annoy Recruiters on Email


Author: Ushma Mistry Source: Undercover Recruiter

Let’s face it, most of us would be pretty stuck if it wasn’t for the invention of email. We no longer have to wait for the postman to deliver our correspondence and thank god we don’t have to rely on telegrams or worse still the Pony Express (yes mail WAS delivered by a man on a horse – True.)

But there is such a thing as overusing email or using it to annoy people. In fact, Professor David De Cramer from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School has carried out a study into office emails.

Here are some email no-nos some recruiters have received from candidates:

1. Pick up the phone before hitting ‘Send’

“I think email is a great form of communication during a process to confirm interview times/venues and format required, such as a business plan. So when the candidate then emails you and copies the client in- to withdraw from the process or even worse, reject the offer, that is exceptionally annoying as you have no way of understanding or challenging their decision. Best advice is to speak to your recruiter before committing to any final decision over email!” – Lysha Holmes, Qui Recruitment.

2. Use proper words and sentences

“When a candidate emails like it’s a text with poor grammar, incomplete sentences, and vague thoughts.  For example:  interested, need to get back to you.” – Amy Volas, Avenue TP.

3. Non-personalized emails and getting recruiter’s name wrong

“Occasionally a candidate would send you an email to inform you that they are back on the market, but upon closer inspection you would notice that they have actually sent the email to all of your colleagues and dozens of your competitors too. Fortunately this was quite a rare occurrence but it looks extremely unprofessional, lazy, and shows a real lack of judgement.

And getting your name wrong is even worse. Especially when you have already exchanged a few emails with the candidate in question – it really makes you wonder if they could be trusted in front of a client if they can’t manage to remember your name.” – Andrew Fennell, StandOut CV.


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