Quote from SlyFoxRN
Hm, I wonder why that happened. Perhaps he wrote it on a phone or iPad and didn't realize autocap wasn't on? I don't know.
I can't think of an excuse for it, but it always saddens me when people judge people so harshly for something so simple without knowing their life circumstances. The world is simply too hateful - we have too many hoops we force people to jump through and too easily cast them aside if something isn't perfect.
Should mistakenly not capitalizing a few words ruin someones career, perhaps jeopardizing a position they may have been depending on to avoid being evicted or losing power? I do wonder...but perhaps it's because I am the type that prefers to defy convention and not rely on the pasty American way of faux perfection and pleasantries in all that we do.
But he obviously is flawed in other ways since OP was already on the fence about hiring him.
Sure society expects us to "jump through hoops" but if we didn't, why bother interview anyone then? I find interviews with stuffy suits to be the biggest hoop. So lets just give jobs to the first person who applies. Oh, but then we aren't being equal because Sally Jo couldn't hit enter fast enough.
I know it seems like people are jumping through hoops, but honestly, I send a HAND WRITTEN thank you note and triple check my wording and capitalization before putting pen to card and mailing it. I truly take great care when I am writing to someone, because I want them to know their valuable time was appreciated.
Are you saying that my great care shouldn't matter? Saying that my preparation for interviews doesn't matter? Saying using spell check in an EMAIL doesn't matter? Saying that taking the time to brush up on computer skills doesn't matter? Saying that reading over your own email before hitting send doesn't matter?
If anything, this applicant is demonstrating a lack of motivation to do much of anything. OP says this is a non clinical job. What if part of that role requires email communications? Is this someone who shows great care when sending emails?
Everyone these days has a sob story. Believe me. I've got one too. The difference is, I don't EXPECT preferential treatment. I don't expect anyone to look past my flaws if they shine bright. I'm a new grad, so I work hard to do more to show my desire to learn. If you don't have motivation to sell yourself, what sets you apart from every other sob story about no food on the table, power and water shut off, no car that's out there?
Forget about what you can't do, focus on how you plan to improve yourself and set the plan into action!
For OP, if there is another candidate you are more interested in, then proceed with them.
If not, perhaps provide feedback to this applicant about professional correspondence, particularly if that would be in his/her job description!!!! Then proceed with hiring.