Tom Sweeney

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Following up on a job: It’s like dating…

Posted by sweens on June 24, 2009

I think some candidates need to realize that at times they can walk a fine line between following up with a recruiter and stalking them.  I recently came in one morning and had 17 (no I am not exaggerating) messages from the same number.  However the messages only involved the sound of the person hanging up the phone.  No actual message.

 Naturally, the next day the number called me again and I was a little hesitant to answer the phone so I was hoping the person would leave me a message.  No message was left but another 12 hang ups were.  I mean really, enough is enough.  Leave me a message so I know who is calling and what you are calling about.

 We live in a world where almost everyone has caller ID – in fact I can not even think of someone who does not have caller ID.  This means that your call is showing up somewhere.  There are times throughout the day when I am busy and will not answer my phone.  Perhaps I am on my cell phone or even working down the hall in a boardroom.  God forbid I may even be interviewing a candidate and am simply unable to pick up my phone at that moment.  The solution to getting in touch with a recruiter who you are having difficulty connecting to is to leave them a message and let them call you back.

Calling a recruiter 15 times a day is not the solution. 

 Getting a recruiter to call you back can sometimes be like giving your phone number out at the bar.  Once you get that number, how quickly should you call them?  How many times should you call them?  Ultimately, there reaches a point where you just have to give up and say “he or she is just not interested in me”.

 I am not suggesting the a candidate give up, but candidates need to be aware that recruiters often work on tight deadlines and finding candidates as quickly as possible can usually be the best way to close business.  With that in mind, the position you want to talk to me about, may not be the number one thing on my priority list.  It does not mean that I will not call you back; it just means that right now I have something else I need to do.  While finding a job is likely your number one priority, the job you are applying for may not be my number one priority yet.

 I can appreciate the passion any candidate puts into finding a job and following up with me.  I just want to say – be careful of how aggressively you tackle this.  Candidates who call me too many times in a day remind me of trying to get a girl on a date and calling her 10 times without leaving a message.  It will just end up making me look bad and will act as a turn off.  Is she going to want to date me?

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Rejected: Moving on after the interview

Posted by sweens on April 2, 2009

I was reading a blog yesterday that talked about how recruiting a position is a lot like setting a friend up on a blind date.  Trying to match two people and hoping there is a connection there – similar to bringing a candidate to an interview and hoping they make a connection with the hiring manager.  And while this blog was geared towards retention, I think this analogy applies to many scenarios in the staffing industry.

 

Let us focus on a very difficult issue for many people along the windy road of landing a new position.  You make it all the way to an interview but do not get selected for the job. 

 

Why?  What went wrong?  I thought it went really well.

 

 Those are all pretty common responses for candidates who leave an interview thinking that they have a good chance of closing on the position and are interested in what the position can offer them.  But a lot of the time, you do not end up getting the position and where do you go from there?

 

Many candidates are often looking for that aspect of closure following a lost opportunity.  It helps them move on or better prepare themselves for the next interview.  Similarly to breaking up with someone you have dated.  Was it me?  Was it them?  Do I need to change something?  I think the simply reality that people need to realize is that not everyone matches with everyone.  I have had candidates that are excellent candidates and many organizations would jump at the chance to hire them but they blow the interview.

 

This is not to say that the candidate can not interview, but sometimes you just do not match the person on the other end.  It is no ones fault, just the way things work out.  That being said, telling that to a candidate likely is not a viable option.  They want something concrete, something tangible that will explain the hiring decision.  And unfortunately, you do not always get that answer.

 

It is not common practice for employers to offer a post interview debrief as to why you did not get the job.  Recruiters can do a better job of getting this information for you since they work with the hiring managers but often times the information is not shared with all parties involved.  There are internal politics, budget cuts, family emergencies, etc; that can all get in the way of someone getting an offer – but that is unlikely to be shared with candidates.

 

While a recruiter should always do their best to debrief their candidates following an interview, candidates need to accept that at times, information will simply not be made available to them (including the recruiter) and accepting that they did not get the job is the only answer they are going to get.

 

I know it is not the most desirable situation for anyone to be in, but it is just the way interviewing works. 

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