Sunday 19 November 2017

'Worth an interview if only for a laugh' - Jobseeker 'furious' after spotting accidentally-attached notes on email

Job interview (Stock)
Job interview (Stock)

Kathy Armstrong

A graduate was "furious" after being branded "a home-educated oddball" by a company where she'd applied for the job.

The company also noted that Anna Jacobs would be "worth an interview if only for a laugh."

Ms Jacobs, who is from Kent in the UK, had applied for an admin role at Tecomak Environmental Services and was delighted to be called for an interview until she spotted the notes that were seemingly accidentally attached to the e-mail.

It read: "Home educated oddball. Can't get a job since leaving uni. Forages for mushrooms.

"Difficult to assess from her CV - might be very good but equally could be a biscuit short of a packet or a left-wing loon tree hugger.

"Worth an interview if only for a laugh."

Ms Jacobs told the BBC that she was "furious" and called the comments an "absolutely awful summary."

Tecomak has said they are investigating the incident and claim the comments were taken out of context.

Tecomak has launched an investigation
Tecomak has launched an investigation

Tecomak's Director Ross Black said: "Clearly the comments were informal and not to the high professional standard you would expect from a company like ours.

"I understand that it must have been upsetting to read the comments and I apologise on behalf of the company and the employees concerned."

He added: "We genuinely felt your application and CV was interesting and you were shortlisted from a long list of over 40 candidates.

"We would be more than happy to interview you as one of the strongest candidates that have applied and, if you were to accept an interview, you can be assured that your application will be treated fairly and appropriately."

Ms Jacobs told The BBC that she won't be attending the interviews and said she has others to go to.

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