Hiring Manager Tweets A "Simple Rule" For Getting Hired And It Back-Fires Completely On Her

by Elana

Jessica Liebman thought she had a great idea. She thought it was so great she'd write a whole story about her advice and drop it on Twitter for other people to benefit from. The Global Managing Editor for Business Insider said that in her 10+ years as a hiring manager she stood by the advice not to hire someone who didn't send a thank you e-mail. It sounds innocent, doesn't it?

The thing is... Twitter did not agree. In fact, they went on to lay into her heavy ad hard, explaining what was inherently problematic about her concept and who it was hurting.

"If someone doesn't send a thank you e-mail, don't hire them."

Liebman, who has hired hundreds of people throughout her career, elaborated in her article:

“How someone presents in interviews might not translate to effectiveness in the role. While sending a thank-you note doesn’t necessarily guarantee the person will be a good hire, it gives you the tiniest bit more data: The candidate is eager, organized, and well mannered enough to send the note. […]
It shows resourcefulness, too, because the candidate often has to hunt down an email address the interviewer never gave them. At Insider Inc., we look to hire “good eggs.” The thank-you email is a mark for the good-egg column.’”
“Seven years later, I stand by it.”
Liebman, who has hired hundreds of people throughout her career, elaborated in her article:

Immediately, Twitter users said, "oh, no."

Has Liebman never heard of cultural bias? Apparently not.

Immediately, Twitter users said,

A "litmus test" is a test in which a single factor (such as an attitude, event, or fact) is decisive.

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Ohter experienced professionals even chimed in, explaining that this test of Liebman's offered absolutely nothing constructive.

Ohter experienced professionals even chimed in, explaining that this test of Liebman's offered absolutely nothing constructive.

Your advice is bad and you should feel bad.

Your advice is bad and you should feel bad.

This test says more about Liebman than it does about potential job candidates.

This test says more about Liebman than it does about potential job candidates.

One manager's treasure is another manager's trash.

One manager's treasure is another manager's trash.

Someone who applied for a job that would have been screened by Liebman even chimed in with their terrible experience.

Someone who applied for a job that would have been screened by Liebman even chimed in with their terrible experience.

As an employee, know your worth.

As an employee, know your worth.

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