I've been a recruiter for 10 years and never had to replace a candidate yet until last week when I received the dreaded email - John just isn't working out. We are going to let him go and the COO wants you to find the replacement for free. My contract is for 60 days and it's been 75...but do I fight the 15 days they are past the contract - probably not.
Bummer for me and my candidate but lots of questions come from this:
Do I really need to do this for free? They also picked the candidate so where is their skin in the game?
If I don't do it for free, they won't work with me again....but if I do work for free will they still work with me anyway?
I am thinking of asking the client if I can also look through the people who have responded to their posting as perhaps there is a good candidate there. Has anyone ever done this?
Please share your thoughts on the best way to deal with this and can people please provide their experience in this area.
Thanks for all the comments - this was my first blog and I have to say I enjoyed it. I thought from the beginning that I would replace the candidate for free, but then I had a few moments where I thought maybe they should have some skin in the game too....but I'm hoping as most people have said here that they will think better of me and continue to use me in the future.
The best news for me is that tomorrow I have 3 phone interviews for replacement candidates! Keep your fingers crossed for me.