Wall Street’s “Blunt” Job Applicant

Did you hear in the news today about the “blunt” job applicant? Apparently this applicant applied for a summer internship program with a financial firm on Wall Street. His tactic to “get notice” brought more attention than he probably ever expected. And he did this all through the “dead” cover letter. It’s about  the 3rd paragraph into his cover letter he states the following:

“I won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crapp about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship. The truth is I have no unbelievably special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a near perfect GPA and will work hard for you. I’ve interned for Merrill Lynch in the Wealth Management Division and taken an investment banking class at (BLOCKED), for whatever that is worth.”

All the buzz it would you hire this applicant? Here’s my analysis:

1.) The cover letter is a bit long! However, it worked for him because he created personal interest by reminding the hiring manager of their meeting in NY. He engaged his reader from the beginning.

2) He demonstrates his skills: He’s straight and to the point; which for a finance major perfectly aligns with their nature of directness and being factual. He also demonstrated the ability to use problem solving skills. Problem: 100s of people are applying for this internship. Solution: Stand out!

3.) He created something special and unique.  Just with that paragraph he was able to stand out from the rest of the hundreds of applicants that applied with the same old boring praise cover letter.

Personally, I don’t hire based on cover letters but I would absolutely interview him. Would you hire him?