The absolute body-killing anxiety of not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from is certainly not helped along by the fact that looking for a new job, for most of us, is a process that makes us feel like we’re taking crazy pills.

As we wade through various websites, filling out forms and trying to discern requirements, the tasks we’re asked to clear start to feel alien. Is this real life? Is this a real job?

People who find themselves hopelessly frustrated with these things will soon be on Reddit making their complaints known, and based on that, here are some things employers should maybe stop doing if they really want to land a good hire.

10. Use applicants as free marketing

Everybody can see through this.

Another company using job seekers’ desperation to do PR for free
byu/CookieMonsteeUmUmUm inrecruitinghell

9. Use form letters that are obvious lies

Dude we literally never met.

So curious how this recruiter “enjoyed meeting me” during an interview they flaked on and didn’t apologize for missing?
byu/malkie0609 inrecruitinghell

8. Try to hire beyond your means

So why did you talk to me?

Everybody requires security clearance, nobody got time to sponsor it. The usual.
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7. Be so picky

Beggars and choosers and all of that.


6. Mislabel your listings

All you’re doing is wasting everybody’s time.

The location for the job posting is literally labeled “Remote”….but okay.
byu/Fnuckle inrecruitinghell

5. Demand so much

Do you have any idea what a doctorate costs in America?

Huh?! Those qualifications, for that role, for THAT pay?
byu/aledeschia inrecruitinghell

4. Add extraneous responsibilities

As the list gets longer, the applicant gets more afraid.

[NY] Why are we doing this.
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3. Assume the worst

Resume gaps happen for all kinds of reasons, and laziness is far from the top one.

Stay Classy Recruiters
byu/fuguefox inrecruitinghell

2. Just disappear

You realize that by the time you get back to them, they’ve moved on.

Recruiter ghosted me on a phone screen. Two weeks later this was the email.
byu/KatzMwwow inrecruitinghell

1. List non-jobs as jobs

“After three months of not paying you, we might decide to pay you. Lucky you.”

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Let’s start with those, shall we?

What’s the worst job application experience you’ve had lately?

Tell us in the comments.