In a letter to the editor of that famed black-and-white-and-read-all-over, the New York Post, Ed from Manhattan offered the following in response to an article entitled,“Slippery Oil CEO Plays Dumb”:
Blankfein and Hayward are either the stupidest or smartest people on Earth.
If they get us to believe that they had no idea what was going on with Goldman Sachs and BP, we’re the ones who are dumb.
I think I can do as bad a job as Hayward has done as CEO of BP. Maybe I should send them my resume.
Dear God, please don’t; it’s tough enough letting everyone who’s reasonably qualified know where they stand. To spend time trying to assuage someone they’re not CEO material when their experience isn’t in the same galaxy is to siphon away energy from where it should be used.
I cannot recall the number of times a person so unqualified has “shown an interest” for positions I was actively recruiting: A cable technician applying for CIO, a bookkeeper interested in a Director of Finance role, or a social worker with their sights set on the VP of Human Resources.
While I always do my best to let them down easy, it’s not unusual for the person to be still convinced they can do the job. My questions then are:
Have you ever applied for a job so out of your range of experience that even you chuckled when your hit “Send”?
Out of curiosity, why did you do this?
Why do you believe people do this?