‘Insert Company Name’: IIT Graduate Uses AI To Create Cover Letter, Gets Arrested For Real

An ambitious graduate of the prominent Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) tried to use artificial intelligence (AI) to create a cover letter, only to face unforeseen repercussions. While the use of AI in numerous industries has grown in popularity, this instance serves as a reminder of the dangers that can arise when technology is used without sufficient caution.

To get an edge in the extremely competitive job market, IIT graduate Akhil wanted to experiment with AI to create an engaging cover letter. Armed with an understanding of AI algorithms and its potential powers, the graduate set out to create a letter that would outperform human-written letters and grab the attention of potential employers.

Unfortunately, Akhil relied on AI to build his cover letter, which he sent raw. A screenshot of the cover letter went viral, prompting a flood of reactions from users.

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IIT graduate’s AI-written raw cover letter goes viral

Hi Akhil, IIT Graduate. Your code didn’t work. Sincerely,[companyName,fallback=] pic.twitter.com/18vc0CnQkK

—Leo (@4eo) July 13, 2023

Twitter user Leo (@4eo) uploaded a screenshot of what appeared to be a job cover letter earlier this week. His post alluded to a humiliating mistake in the cover letter.

The writer did not mention the name of the company in the cover letter, instead leaving the phrase “[companyName,fallback=]” alone. As a result, he revealed that he was probably using an automated template to produce his cover letter. What was even more embarrassing was that this mistake was allegedly made by an IIT graduate.

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Ai-written raw cover letter from an IIT grad makes the roundsTwitter/@4eo

This incident serves as a reminder that while artificial intelligence (AI) can be a powerful tool, many industries still require human intuition and innovation. While an AI system can excel at generating material and accurately mimicking human speech, it struggles to recreate the nuances of human emotion and authenticity that employers respect during the hiring process.

As AI evolves, job seekers must balance technology adoption and retaining the human element in their application materials. Instead of relying solely on AI-generated cover letters, graduates should consider using such tools as a starting point and injecting their personality, experiences, and impulses to create an engaging and genuine narrative.

Internet has to say a lot!

It has been a while since the screenshot was shared on social media, and so far, it has garnered over 842.9k views, 396 retweets, 85 quotes, 6485 likes, 512 bookmarks, and lots of comments.

This tweet quickly went viral, with many people pointing to the popular Hindi adage “Nakal ke liye bhi akal ki zarurat hoti hai,” which loosely translates to “even copying requires common sense.”

This is what happens: you spend 4 years on LeetCode thinking that university etiquette will do the job for you.

—Kunal Kushwaha (@kunalstwt) July 14, 2023

Well, if recruiters use this type of automation, candidates can too. I don’t see anything wrong with this, except the fact that the code didn’t work.

—Mihir Panchal (@MihirPanchaal) July 13, 2023

I thought the active campaign is used by marketers… This is the next level!

— आदित्य 🌞 (@sevaforlife) July 14, 2023

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I guess they don’t teach how to copy and paste correctly* in IIT, huh?

—Tanveer Kahlon (@tanutweets_) July 13, 2023

What we say here “nakal ke liye bhi akal cahiye” and just being IIT graduate does not ensure that 😉

— Vinita (@Vinita78386309) July 15, 2023

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