— Well it made me laugh! Originally posted on the Undercover Recruiter blog site
Hate my job kind of day.
What kind of candidate accepts an offer at one job and then rejects a final interview at another which is happening the next day, despite telling the recruiter (me) that the second opportunity was far and away the one he was most excited by? The written contract wouldn’t have been with him until next week.
That’s November’s target up the swanny. Of course he may still have taken the other option - as he said to me ’ they sold it well’ (well of course they bloody well did - what do you think they’d say? Don’t work here, the career prospects are shit and you’ll be burnt out in six months!)
Most people just don’t understand the emotional rollercoaster and deep frustration of working in recruitment. Spare me the illogical acts of candidates and, less often, clients - or of course the constant bullshit and lies of certain candidates and certain clients - whilst I may be being unfair, clearly despite what he had told me on numerous occasions, the opportunity I was recruiting for obviously wasn’t my candidate’s preferred choice and he’s made me look like an idiot with my client, because I have been feeding his comments back to them after the first interview - recruitment is after all a two way sales process and I’ve got to try and keep both parties engaged. The irritating part of this is that I set up the final interview two days ago when the candidate was still adamant that even if he got an offer elsewhere he would go to the second interview with my client, because this was the job he really wanted…still, at least he had the decency to phone…
I had another candidate who decided not to take up a job offer recently (fair enough) and decided the most professional way of doing this was by sending me an email 11 hours before he was due to start. Four weeks later he was on the phone because he realised he’d made a mistake, and would they still employ him? Oh, but he’d like an extra £2k as well! I dropped him from the process after that request.
Think positive thoughts, think positive thoughts, think positive thoughts, no I can’t, I’m off home…bloody recruitment!!! pah!
Absolutely. I’ve done this myself for years, defined myself by my job. If that’s the most important thing in your life, then fine. But really? Isn’t there more to you than that - better, bigger things in life than what you do to make a living?
It’s your choice - to define yourself by what is important to you, not by someone else’s definition of how you should be defined, or by society’s perception of what ‘success’ looks like.