Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Five things to look out for when hiring a community manager

At Quirk, we are always hiring, so I have scoured over a 100 CV's in the last few months and have come across some ridiculous shit (some of which is documented below). Here are some points to consider (red flags) when hiring a social media community manager :

1) Pinterest boards dedicated to pictures of roadkill

2) Spamming 'Celebrities' with tweets, hoping for a retweet, mention or a block (A community manager actually told me that she gets a kick out of trolling celebs in the hopes of getting blocked - why would you tell a potential employer this?) 

3) Has the words 'social media guru' in their bio 

4) Their Twitter avatar is an egg

5) They have their own fan page on Facebook (Usually with less than 5 likes from non-family members and colleagues who were guilted into liking their page) 

What are some of the red-flags you picked up? Spelling, death threats, twirettes, No idea what a hashtag is? Leave a comment and let me know.



Matt said...

Whats your take on people (like me) who swear and are rather uppity in their Twitter personas? I've crafted out this as a niche, understanding the community who I'm involved with.

Unknown said...

Give you "original" ideas that they pulled from Mashable.
Fucktardius complexis.

Thinks engagement is measured by Likes and Followers.

Develops campaigns which are first world with no local application.

Thinks influencer campaigns actually work.

Thinks their community needs 12-month competitions or until the client is bankrupt.

Should I go on?

Aasia said...

i dont want to be a hater anymore, so I will rather tell you what I look for when hiring.

Mikestopforth taught me a very valuable lesson, which i find echoes through out many of meetings and interviews. Attitude, attitude is so much more important to me than aptitude.

You can be trained or shown how to do an awesome job. But finding the right personalities that gel with your wider team, and that add dynamism are much more important than their opinions of social media.