I hate hiring people.... It usually works out better for me if applicants are friends or acquaintances of current staff members (actually, I say usually, but this last time, it was a disaster!). This time, no one knew anyone looking for work, so we did the facebook/craigslist thing. Surprisingly few weirdos applied, there were no major red flags, almost everyone wrote a legible introduction note, so we had to actually read the resumes to find a dozen people to interview (we have 2 posts to fill).
Thanks for Facebook, we were able to "see" almost everyone beforehand. Not that I would hire someone based on their looks... But if I had seen a picture of the first guy before he showed up, he wouldn't have gotten an interview.... Dude looked like he had just come from a 3-day Dungeon and Dragon marathon, complete with unruly curly ponytail down his back and 2 totally black teeth...... thanks for coming!
If your Facebook states that in your current job you are somebody's b**ch..... I'm probably not going hire you.
One girl looked really promising on paper and was eclectic and arsty in a cute way in person.... But her Facebook pictures show her with KLEPTO written across her chest in black marker.... What you do on your own time is your business, but I'm a tad worried you might be too hung over to open on Saturday mornings.
One girl was clearly high. Which is too bad, because she was very talented and participated in a craft book that I own and would have been a great asset to the store... but drugs are bad. Especially DURING A JOB INTERVIEW!!!!! (Full Disclosure: I was sort of a little high for the interviews too, a nice combination of Extra Strength Tylenol Cold and a Triple Grande Non Fat Latte.... nice buzz! But at least my pupils weren't pinned!)
Still sick, though at least able to leave the house and conduct aforementioned interviews. But now have resumed side-ways TV watching from the couch and am doing my best not to infect anyone else in the house. The pressure in my ears is making me feel like I've been stuck in a plane descending for the last 12 hours..... no amount of popping can relieve it....