How Not to Get Hired at Groupon

Over the next few weeks, Dustin from our recruiting department will provide some helpful tips on how not to get hired at Groupon.

How Not to Get Hired at Groupon: Stalk Us. This may seem slightly obvious, but excessive social networking with recruiters can sometimes work against your chances of getting hired. We ask that everyone apply via our career site, but there are some additional steps you can take. While we very much appreciate someone doing some extra homework and finding us on a professional site such as LinkedIn, try to keep your search targeted and send your resume to the best person to help you.

Choose one person—preferably a recruiter—and explain your situation. Even though we are busy, we also are here to help you get a job. If your email isn’t sent to the right person, that person will most likely forward it on for you. You can mitigate this by doing your research beforehand. A simple search for “Groupon recruiter” brings up tech recruiters, Editorial recruiters, and corporate recruiters, so if you know what you’d like your focus to be, it’s best to reach out to the appropriate person. If you are not applying specifically to a tech or Editorial position, a corporate recruiter is the best person to help you.
Before you apply, please look at our jobs page and let us know what you think is a fit.  We need to focus our time and efforts on candidates who are most relevant to the role at hand, so please be able to articulate your interest accordingly. Also, we want you to be doing the job you actually want to do and not just what you think you can get hired for.

We understand it can be hard to wait for a response, but we ask you to not call customer service for the status of your application. If you have applied, you can check on your application via the email we send when you first apply. We are doing our best to let people know the status, and we appreciate your patience. Bombarding the phone lines/email inboxes of customer service keeps customers waiting longer and without customers we won’t have any jobs anyway.

We are on the phone and in interviews constantly throughout the day, so email is the best way to reach us. This may sound like a brush off, but it’s the truth. Calling over and over again may eventually work, but you are much more likely to get a response via email. If we could train our computers to physically pick up the phones, we would, but then we’d have to be concerned with robot domination and prank calls.

Bottom line, the most effective way to get noticed is to do some research and target your communication accordingly. Just as when you are choosing companies to apply to, we want you to vet this out properly. Connecting with us via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and then showing up at our apartments is a bit excessive. We haven’t checked our MySpace account in awhile anyway and we don’t want you to be ignored.

You can view updated job postings by following the Recruiting department on Twitter (@grouponjobs) or visit our job site at

  • I really enjoy your website. I noticed it when i lived on the Central Coast and know that I am here in the Bay Area, I tend to take advantage of it.

  • Telling someone that they will be getting a follow up phone call after an interview is definitely not the professional respect applicants should be receiving. No email, no phone call – the applicant waited months for some reply. She is still waiting. It’s a shame she took the time to go to the DC office for the interview bcause they failed to follow up on their own words.
    I guess maybe the Groupon folks thought they had trained the computers to pick up the phone!

  • Dustin, you seem like an unprofessional twit.

    Do the job you got hired to do(recruiting) and STFU with all this whinging garbage.

    Are you a recruiter or a yelp reviewer?

  • The jobs link to your website in this blog isn’t working.

    I was thinking about showing up at your apartment this evening with Steak, baked potato and flowers in hand. Good to know I might want to call that off.

  • Tina, sorry about that. We cleared the cache on the site again to see if that helps and you can try refreshing your browser. If you need to email that baked potato, you can do so directly via

    Thea @ Groupon

  • Hey everyone, Dustin here. Thanks for all the comments and I want you all to know how much I appreciate the open conversation. This was our first blog post in recruiting, and hopefully people found it valuable.

    @Mark-Sorry for the confusion here. I was trying to convey that we have no problem with people contacting us on LinkedIn, but you will have more luck if the search is targeted to one recruiter.
    @Patrick-Sorry if I came across as whining. Hopefully the post was helpful to people anyway!
    @Maryalice-I’m a little confused because we don’t have a DC office (only one in Chicago), but if you’d like to connect offline I would be more than happy to look into this for you.

    Thanks everyone, good stuff.


  • Being patient doesn’t really work either.

    You have to be so cool as to not care about getting the job in the first place.

    Let’s be honest. Groupon, along with a lot of other corporations these days, is in the position to hire whatever they deem to be the cream of the crop at any given moment.

    If they haven’t contacted you, its because they are looking for someone that they determine to be better than what you have brought to the table or because you didn’t answer their quirky questions in that hip snarky way.

    I’m over it. I’ll go work my posterior off elsewhere with less awesome benefits.

    Honestly, you’re simply not going to get a job at Groupon by knocking their door down, or stalking them or making witty comments on some irreverent blog. I’ve tried all of these.

    Get to work. Start your own company or something. We all have an equal chance to make it in this world, right?

    There’s a reason why The Point never got as big as Groupon, because people would rather save $20 on a back rub than do something that really creates change.

    Wow, I better split before I get ranty.

    Bottom line: If they haven’t called you back, it’s not you its them. Keep moving forward. You’ll find your place in this world. If not, you can always save some cash at….um… yeah…never mind.

  • Thank you for starting this column Groupon! My friends at school are at a Collegiate DECA conference in Orlando, FL and they told me to get online to follow the blog. We were very thankful when two weeks ago we got to tour the Groupon HQ in Chicago.

    This will help many of us wonderful college seniors find a way to see what you want! We all want to work for you!

  • Groupon–really? Please get over yourself. To hire an intern (is an intern really”hired” if he works for free?) to write a snarky SERIES of blogposts about how not to get hired is a lousy idea. How self important.

    Shoulda taken the $6B.

  • 04/15/11
    I am searching for employment that would allow me to work from home on my own personal computer. I didn’t see any positions with that option. Should I forward my resume anyway? Any help you could give me would greatly appreciated.
    Patricia Bennett

  • @Patricia- The only work from home positions we have are freelance writer and outside sales. Outside sales would still require you to go meet with customers face to face, so I’m not sure of your position there. I don’t see many other positions that allow people to work from home right now, but please stay in touch and follow Grouponjobs on twitter or FB for updates. Thanks for the interest!

  • @Dustin: This seems to be first post on Groupon Blogs. I would appreciate if you can post more about the latest happening at Groupon and any valuable suggestion you have for all the future enthusiastic Groupon employee!!

  • So what if persay…I applied for the Manager of Communications – Speakers Bureau…what type of recruiter do you suggest I reach out to…Corporate?

  • No stalking? I personally enjoy when prospective employees will socially (i.e. Twitter/Facebook) stalk our group to try getting their foot in the door. The word stalking is probably not the right verb in this case, but networking and getting to know people is a two way street. I’ve discussed with people about a position in the past, and the more I got to know them I discovered it wasn’t for me. You just have to know your limits, and their limits. Don’t break those social norms.

  • This is one of the most entertaining blogs I have read today- and I have read almost three. Like most of you, I have recently thought to myself- yep, I want to work for Groupon. Listen, I have some great credentials. I have worked for Major League Baseball, started a business (sales/fashion related), and I kicked serious soccer balls for a Division 1 program (un-related, but it shows drive, ability to work with a team, and competitive nature, no?) Moreover, I kick a**. I am OK on paper but way cool in person. What I am trying to say is, how do I get a frign coffee date around here?

  • Dustin,

    I wanted to reach out to you directly, as I am seeking the Product Marketing Specialist position. I have not made much traction on the advice given on the blog. I do not want to stalk, but is there any way I can shoot you an email directly?



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