The past year having been what it has been ,there are some of those little horror shows of recruiting that faded into the mists. How long has it been since you had to handle a counter offer? In my world i haven't had one for over a year and had thus been guilty of the cardinal sin of forgetting one of the first rules of recruiting. Always cover the potential buy back before the offer!! Always!
Uh, nope i didn't do it. Rocked right on being my super star self, found the purple squirrel, sold it like a champ, got the offer on the table after 5 interviews in two cities and was happily patting myself on the back about what a cool, smooth ,studette i had turned out to be this week. In the process of telling my pals "that's the way you do this stuff" POW! An email bomb hit my inbox.
"My current company is going to match the offer, what do i do?"
Rayanne doesn't appreciate four, five and ten letter ugly words so i won't quote my expletive. When the laughter in my office died down as the rest of the crew bailed for the weekend i heard them exclaim as they drove out of site..."Go get em' Ms. Wonderful, show us how it's done, and have a good night."
It having been over a year since i have had one of these it took a few minutes for me to collect my thoughts to make the call. It's after 5:00 in my cottonwood tree 2 miles west of Jackass Flats, USA America. The good news is the SVP with my client just called to tell me that my candidate had just formally accepted.
Admittedly my eleventh hour save was not the best call i have ever made regarding a buy back because my prior prep had not been done. I think it's a good sign for the overall economy that the "buy back" is back but trust me Mildred, it was a wake up call for me that it's getting ready to be show time again and i better be back in the game with prior and proper preparation to prevent this kind of piss poor performance from happening again.
How soon we forget and how quickly we remember..don't leave out the first things you ever learned about recruiting.