Hiring Humor: Optimism Gone Nuts

Applicants with a glass-half-full attitude are great.

Unless, of course, they’re half-full of futile hopes for a higher salary.

Ever get the feeling that an applicant saw the salary in a job posting, thought to themselves, “Well, I’m completely unqualified but what the heck? I’d love to make that much!” — and applied anyway?

Share your encounters with unrealistic salary expectations when optimism got a little out of hand.

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6 Responses to “Hiring Humor: Optimism Gone Nuts”

  1. So true. Just recently I put up a job posting for a full-time Regional IT Director with an above-average starting salary. Let’s just say that the majority of applicants were very optimistic aka I don’t think I will qualify but it won’t hurt to apply.

  2. When an employee leaves a stable position for a higher rate on a contract job, why do they always seem to believe that when the contract ends, they can demand the “contract” rate (or much more) at their next stable position? Contract rates are for contracts, silly rabbits.

  3. I have quite a few of these actually, my favorite ones are the people who have absolutely no experience in not only the particulars of the job, but the industry the job is in as well (such as IT). Which of course brings me to my favorite candidate quote “I’m a fast learner”. 8

  4. I love the ones who just got out of school and because they were told by an instructor they could make X in the type of job they are applying for, they demand the high wages of someone who has been working in the field for 20 years or more. No practical work experience means a lot of training, time, and expense on my side. And in my experience (31+ years in the business), a lot of these people once they are trained move on to somplace else after 2.5 years, listing my job as the experience. Some of these folks really need to get a clue and stop listening to teachers who have never been out in the real world.

    Oh and on this note, some attention to the geographical area and the size of the company they are applying at would help – we are in Boise, Idaho, we do not pay the same rates as a similar job at a major multi-national company located in a major metropolitan area of the country. If they are looking for high figures only and not willing to take less, move to another area of the country and apply elsewhere.