HBR Blog Network – I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.
…Some might call my approach to grammar extreme…I am a grammar "stickler…I have a "zero tolerance approach" to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid.…Everyone who applies for a position at either of my companies…takes a mandatory grammar test…if job hopefuls can’t distinguish between "to" and "too," their applications go into the bin.
…Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. And, for better or worse, people judge you if you can’t tell the difference between their, there, and they’re.
…Grammar signifies more than just a person’s ability to remember high school English. I’ve found that people who make fewer mistakes on a grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing — like stocking shelves or labeling parts.
…And just like good writing and good grammar…devil’s in the details. In fact, when it comes to my whole business, details are everything.
…I hire people who care about those details. Applicants who don’t think writing is important are likely to think lots of other (important) things also aren’t important…After all, sloppy is as sloppy does.
~ Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community
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