As some of you know, I'm looking for a new day job. Among the various responses to my online resume, AOL contacted me. Granted, AOL has a pretty rotten reputation, but I thought it best to keep an open mind since the position actually sounded interesting (director for their “uncut video” website). I replied and they sent me the following questionnaire:
Reason why you're looking for a new opportunity?
Please describe your responsibilities at your current position?
So far, out of the first two questions: the first is not a full sentence, and the second isn’t a question at all and therefore it shouldn’t have a question mark. Granted, this isn’t too bad yet -- I’m just being picky, right?
*What is your knowledge of social media? Please explain in details.
Nice grammar. Do they really want me to explain in detail my knowledge of social media? That is a huge topic; I could literally write a book. This is the first question that sets off warning bells in my mind.
*What is your knowledge of the online industry?
Oh. My. God. You want to know my knowledge of the online industry? That is like asking a physicist what his knowledge of physics is. Exactly what was the hiring manager hoping to prove by asking this question?
*Are you in touch with the latest in technology? e.g. Bloggs, uncut video etc?
Yes, I am. By the way, you spelled “blogs” wrong. Nor is it a proper noun.
In is scale of 1-10, being 10 the highest, how would you grade yourself as a Project Manager? Why?
“In is scale” of 1-10…wow.
Why you think this is the ideal position for you?
Why you think grammar speak this way?
What is your salary requirement?
It just doubled.