So, yesterday I got a contacted by the Corporate Communications Manager from IBM/Tivoli here in town, June Bennett.
Or did I? I seemed a bit odd to me, so after a bit of research, I quickly discovered that I had in fact met actress Anna Fiorentini. Thanks for choosing her actual head shot for your profile picture.
Now, I would expect this kind of behavior (too-good-to-be-true profiles with unrealistically hot profile pictures) from a potential date on Match.com, but I’m not sure what the motivation for IBM is. Is this some recruiting tactic for lonely, gullible tech geeks? Is that the demographic they want? Do people not notice right away that the gal who is trying to recruit them is never actually in the office?! Am I seriously going fall for this ploy and take a position based on how hot the Communications Manager is. (Okay, I mean, AGAIN?) Did I disqualify myself by figuring out the ploy?
Alternatively, I suppose it might not be IBM at all, but instead a social engineering setup to pump me for personal information for some other nefarious purpose. If that’s the case, though, what do they expect to get get that isn’t on my posted resume, blog, twitter feed, etc? Believe me, my mother’s maiden name, street I grew up on, or the first pet that I owned PROBABLY will not come up in a recruiting conversation, not that I use the real answers as bank account safeguard key anyway. (Safety tip there: don’t use any personal questions based on items that can be found in public records to safeguard important accounts.)
Basically, this is bugging the crap out of me. I no longer trust any company or any person. In fact, I’m getting ready to go into Jack Bauer mode here…
Watch yer butts, guys. There’s some shifty stuff goin’ on out there.