What should be the response to ‘you smell nice’? Just a few days, twitter went agog as an HR personnel complained of an interviewee complimenting on her perfume. to her, he was rude. Twitter users were not having it as the replies maintained a grave sarcasm as well as humour.
To come to her defense, some insisted that it was inappropriate on the job seeker’s part to ask that question in such an environment. Their point of view tilts to what the fact that his intent may be misunderstood in a typical African setting.
Others reveled against the HR in question pointing out that she is capable of taking compliments as they come and also the outdated poor perception of labour in our country Nigeria. Dignity of labour has been downplayed in recent times as the influx of desperate job seekers willing to take in jobs, that is tasking and not suitable to their personal brand, has saturated the labour market. Little or no wonder why a compliment has become offensive.
The different points of view hold slices of truth but more accolades to a wiser way of communication. To clear the airs, the job seeker did no wrong in complimenting a woman’s look but he did wrong not doing a short sense of audience analysis. The smelling nice phrase could have a sensual undertone to some people and may be seen as offensive to a stranger. But the all knowing HR should have taken the platform to correct with love and just say, ‘thank you.’ His performance during the interview should lay basis of him being hired or not.
In every phase of life, communication is very important but it is only wisdom if the listener understands properly.
Dear readers, what would you do when you are complimented that way? We want to hear from you.