Sloppy is as sloppy does…(Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)












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

For full post, go to HBR Blog Network – I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.

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  1. OMG, a man after my own heart! (note the use of but one exclamation point–excited, but not insane…. ;-))


  2. Very true – when the written word is all there is with which to determine a person’s hireability, correct grammar and appropriate messaging become even more essential. I of course am guilty of the overuse of exclamation points, happy faces, hearts and other icons – but then again, I’m retired now, so the heck with anyone who can’t take my occasional insanity…


  3. What the………………..???????????????? To many people on the internet can’t put too and two together when it comes to grammer and spelling and punctuatien????? Whats the world coming to!!!!!!!!
    In one of my past lives as a seminar and workshop leader this was without a doubt one of my most popular subjects and one of the biggest concerns for professional organizations. I cannot tell you how many times I heard senior management say to me that they could not find applicants who could spell or write whole sentences. In fact, many organizations have taken on the task of teaching grammar, spelling, sentence structure etc.


  4. Barneysday says:

    Poor grammar is a speed bump to whatever I am reading, and makes me question the authors knowledge. You assume the cause to be laziness, but stupidity ranks right up there.


  5. I had almost given up hope. It’s good to see that someone still cares about grammar, punctuation, and word usage.


  6. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    I’m a fan of the dash myself – that way I don’t have to complete sentences – I can let my thoughts run on – and on – and on – hyper-pivot maybe?


  7. When people use it’s and its wrongly – scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hah, just making up for only using three exclamation marks in my children’s novel, just completed;-)


  8. I also use exclamation points to show enthusiasm!! (I’m a very enthusiastic person–I use TWO of them!!)


  9. Hello, David ! Well I completely agree with you. Your words represent you and one must be careful about what he oe she writes and how do they write it. In fact am very thankful to you for bringing up this subject reason being people are being very careless in this regard.


  10. George Hayward says:

    Finally! It’s good to know other people appreciate grammar. Nice post.


  11. lkanigan says:

    Awesome piece. Afraid that as technology keeps getting better…grammar will get worse.



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