My phone starts ringing, earlier today. It's an unrecognized number. So, I follow my Standard Operating Procedure: mute the ringing, and don't answer. (Though my Bluetooth headset keeps buzzing, dagnabit.) It stops... and then starts AGAIN. Three more times. Within SECONDS of stopping.
I pick up the fourth time. Maybe it's an emergency. Maybe something happened to my brother, who's near that area code. In any event, I'm getting sick of it.
No, it's a recruiter with a thick Indian accent, calling about a Ruby on Rails job. That's just about all I can make out, of what he's saying.
This is exactly why my SOP is as above, due to spammy recruiters, politicians (who of course exempted themselves from the laws against robocalls), telemarketers, and other such scummy scammers.
HINTS FOR PEOPLE CALLING (to me or anyone):
- If I don't answer, JUST LEAVE A MESSAGE. Maybe call back ONCE if you
think you misdialed (and ignored the outgoing message that says whose phone it
is). There's probably a good reason I didn't answer. Maybe I'm
busy. Maybe I'm out of the house. Maybe I'm in the shower.
Maybe I'm on the toilet, and let my phone somewhere by accident. In
absolutely none of those situations, will continuing to call help you
reach me. Maybe you can think of a situation where it would, other
than making it seem like an emergency, but I can't right now.
- If for whatever reason you can't just leave a message, CALL BACK
LATER! Better yet, just send an email, so I can glance at the Subject
line (assuming you are decent at writing those) and decide whether or not to
investigate further. If you continue to call RIGHT THEN, it makes it seem
like an emergency -- and if it isn't, that makes YOU seem like an
- Make sure your ENGLISH (or whatever language you are speaking) IS CLEAR. It doesn't have to be perfect, even mine isn't, hell it doesn't even have to be Trump-level sentence structure. But if I can't understand what you're even saying, I WILL NOT BUY WHATEVER YOU'RE SELLING, whether it's aluminum siding or a job.