Most job applications typically focus on an applicant’s qualifications, but one recently went viral for asking a more personal question.
Salem Pierce, a graphic designer from Ohio, shared on Twitter an application she received for a visual design lead position at an unnamed company.
The application asked, “How do you feel life has worked out for you so far?” and instructed applicants to record a short video response.
Pierce’s tweet about the application has gained significant attention, with over 2.2 million views, 40,500 likes, and 3,754 retweets as of Wednesday morning.
Many people found the question intrusive and criticized its usefulness in making hiring decisions. Some even expressed concern that submitting a video response could lead to discrimination.
However, some saw the question as an opportunity to discuss their life experiences and how they have shaped their career trajectory. Pierce’s tweet also inspired others to share their own ridiculous job application stories.
Overall, this unique job application raises questions about the balance between personal information and professional qualifications in the hiring process, and the potential for discrimination in non-traditional application methods.