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When Bad Recruiting Is Really Bad (And A ‘Contest’)

What happened when a recruiter for Groupon went looking for good developers? Well, s/he stumbled upon the online profile of David Heinemeier Hansson. Hansson’s profile looked awesome, and he had tons of experience with Ruby on Rails, the developer language that (it feels like) the whole damn Web is written on these days, and the recruiter was super-interested, so he sent an email.

Hi David,
I came across your profile online and wanted to reach out about Development Opportunities here at Groupon. The company is growing, and we’re always looking for folks with solid skills that can make positive contribution to our continued success. Any chance you’d be open to a quick conversation about opportunities, or for any possible networking potential? If so, let me know when you’re free and we can set up a time to chat. Also, if you are interested, it would be great if you could forward a current resume over that I can take a look at. I look forward to hearing back from you! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Cheers,
[Name]

Thing recruiter failed to notice: David Heinemeier Hansson INVENTED Ruby on Rails.

This has spawned a mini-meme in tech circles, mostly mocking the clueless recruiter. This is by far the best comment.

We’d like to spin this out to the media world in a “contest” (air quotes, because the only prize is the admiration and envy of your peers!): what would the equivalent of this be in your industry? Let us know in the comments or Tweet us and we’ll print the best ones in an upcoming post.
We’ll start you off with one:
“Mr. Woodward, I came across your online profile and wanted to reach out about reporting opportunities at Patch…”

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