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I recently posted a job opening on oDesk (designer / developer job), and put a simple instruction in there. In the middle of the job description, I wrote:

Also, you must tell me what 4+3 is, so I know you’ve read this entire description.

It’s so easy now to weed out those applicants who just paste their cover letter without any regard as to what the job entails. oDesk even has a reason for rejection, which goes like: “Applicant ignored instructions in job description”. I used that a LOT when rejecting applicants for this job.

If you can’t follow this simple instruction, how do I expect you to follow instructions on real tasks that I assign you?

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  1. Rebecky
    3376 days ago

    LOL! That’s awesome!! I must show that to my HR manager!

  2. Sam
    3373 days ago

    Very clever!

  3. Jonathan Radande
    3348 days ago


    That is a nice idea. I will implement this the next time i elance something!

    Captcha for outsourcing!

  4. Neil
    2502 days ago

    What a great way to eliminate the time wasters

  5. pankaj
    2259 days ago

    Caught them on wrong foot

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