Voicemails can hold us back from getting jobs now?

According to Daily Dot, one TikToker claims that she learned that a voicemail greeting prevented her from landing a new job.

With more than 8,000 followers (as of this writing), Zanaya Jones is no stranger to getting candid about her life on the social media platform. In the latest video, however, she recalls an incident where she claims she “didn’t get hired” because of her voicemail.


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“Yes, Miss Jones, I recommend if you apply for a job and you expect somebody to call you that you have a more appropriate response on your voicemail,” said the prospective employer, according to the TikTok. “So thank you for applying, and no need to give us a call back.”

What did the voicemail say?

While Jones didn’t initially share the recording in question in the initial TikTok that drew in more than 12.9 million views, she later obliged with her audience’s demand to hear what the greeting said that left the potential employer so disturbed.

“Wassup, wassup, wassup,” said Jones in the greeting. “It’s your girl Zanaya… I’m sorry I couldn’t answer the phone. Please leave your name and number, and you know all that.”


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Jones’ followers were just as stunned as she was by the prospective employer’s said reaction to the greeting and while it’s a bit unclear, many agree that there was no vulgar language or anything necessarily out of the norm that would lead to such a reaction.

“Are you serious? He’s acting as if you’re using a bunch of foul words, it’s literally your personality,” said one user.

Another social media user chimed in with, “That’s your PERSONAL phone. Not everybody has a cell and a work phone.”

Dodging a bullet?

Other users voiced their opinion after hearing Jones’ voicemail greeting and ultimately concluded that she may have just dodged a bullet from what could have been a very toxic work environment.

“You dodged a bullet,” wrote one TikToker. “That guy has 0 personality.”

While Jones has not yet posted an update on the response to the shared allegations, I think the world can agree that if this is the voicemail greeting at hand, there may have been other factors that went into the potential employer’s decision to move on with another candidate.