My wife and I just finished watching the entire series of Breaking Bad! All five seasons, sometimes we went three episodes deep in a night. It was tough, but we persevered. You’re welcome!
This really isn’t a Breaking Bad series post, I promise. If you haven’t seen the series, I thought it was worth it. Something funny happens to you when you watch so much darkness in such a short time. I will warn you about that. You begin to feel like it’s somewhat normal. Like somehow I could actually get away with the stuff Walt is doing on TV!
That leads me to how you can kill a hiring manager and get away with it!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard recruiters say, “Ugh! I hate my hiring managers! I wish I could shoot them!” Or, something to that effect.
Next to candidates who bomb or don’t show up for interviews, Hiring Managers have to be in every recruiters Top 3 worst things they have to deal with. “Of course, it isn’t every hiring manager”, we say out loud, so the ones that are listening think they’re still awesome, when they really suck. “There’s only a few hiring managers that can be difficult to deal with”, we say out loud again, like it really is going to matter.
I’m guessing there must be some law about posting something on a blog about instructions on how to kill a hiring manager and get away with it. I don’t remember reading anything from WordPress when they allowed me to sign up this blog. You would think that would be bolded in the instruction: “HEY! Don’t write sh*t about killing hiring managers! Or you could be put in jail!”
I better be strategic about how I word this.
Well, after watching 62 straight episodes of Breaking Bad, apparently it’s fairly easy to dissolve a body in a big 50 gallon drum with some acid. In the show, they always wore protective gear, like rubber suits and gloves. They also had the equipment to pick up and transport said 50 gallon drums of disgusting liquid. As you can imagine this takes care of the not getting caught part.
Here are a few ideas, for entertainment purposes only, on how you might kill a hiring manager, but of course ‘we’ never would:
1. Disgruntled Crazy Candidate. We actually protect our hiring managers so many times they don’t even know it! We know the crazies, but we filter them out. Not this time! This time not only do we pass them along, but we let the Crazy Candidate in on a little feedback, “Yeah, the hiring manager hated you, and thinks you’re crazy, and here is her address…”
2. Strange White Powder on the Resume. You hear about this stuff all the time with crazies sending stuff to politicians. I’m sure it works the same for hiring managers! But you put yourself in jeopardy as well. But, if you’ve read this far, my guess is you’re on the edge already, once one more step!
3. Nut Allergies. Hiring managers love conference room cookies! This time all you need to do is make a special batch of your Chocolate Chip “Surprise” cookies, but don’t call them “surprise”, they’ll feel the surprise!
My guess is I’ll get at least 3 ‘unsubscribe’ emails after this goes live. That’s always a good measurement of success as a blogger. How many people did you alienate today?
Happy hiring folks!
P.S. – if this is the FBI or any other law enforcement agency reading this, I’m joking, this is a joke, I love my hiring managers. Well, most of them.