Respect the Requirements

thumbing your noseA friend was telling me the other day about the difficulty their organization was having in filling a specific position.


It wasn’t a lack of qualified candidates.


It wasn’t even a shortage of qualified candidates.


It was a lack of respect.


The job description was complete including two words: “Relocation Required.”


The number of candidates who applied and went through the interview only to announce at some point through the process that they were unwilling to relocate was astounding.  They called it incredible.


I call it disrespectful.


The candidate was either disrespectful in not preparing for the interview by clearly not reading the entire posting – or they were basically telling the interviewer, “I know this is a requirement but since the world revolves around me I know you will change whatever you need to in order to fit my wants.”


I don’t think so.


You are not that cute cupcake.


I looked up requirements on and this is what I found:


režquirežment [ri-kwahyuh  r-muh nt]  noun

1. that which is required; a thing demanded or obligatory: One of the requirements of the job is accuracy.


Isn’t it something that the example used is job – hmm, maybe this should tell us something.


There is a reason that certain items are listed as requirements and not as desirable, preferred or negotiable.  They are a necessity, obligation, need, prerequisite – whatever you want to call it; it is a must.


Thumbing your nose at a requirement is pretty much ensuring that you will be remembered not as the candidate that “was a great fit” but rather that “was a jackass who did not seem to know what was required or did not care.”


How would you like to be remembered?



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.


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