Position: Sr. Project Manager for a software develpment firm.
Location and company the hotbed of conservative republicans.
Identified a candidate who looked perfect on paper, phone interview outstanding, candidate flown in for on site. Tall, good looking young man, personable to the max, dressed like he stepped out of GQ, outstanding background. Client loved him, made an offer 20% higher than they had every mentioned. Three months temp housing and a 15K hiring bonus plue physical move after his home sells in California. He accepted and was excited about moving to a smaller city from the West Coast.
As we discussed his move he mentioned that his wife was a "little person" and wanted to know what resources were available in the town. Also had a daughter who had the same condition. Not a problem resources were available as there is a medical school and specialists in that city.
Went in for a househunting trip. The wife was in fact a "little person" a dwarf not a midget. As was the baby. Ok, not a problem, company does not hire based on who someone is married to ever.
He calls me and says he is going to take his drug test but needs to tell me that he was so excited about his new job that he went to a party and smoked a little grass, something he does not do and it was stupid. I call my client HR and discuss. Ok, let's see what comes back.. Company is not that picky if it's just a little maryjane. Test comes back ok so we move on.
He reports for work. Says his wife is staying behind until the home sells , it's brand new so shouldn't be a problem. He moves into an extended stay hotel at company expense. All is going well, everybody loves him. Then he announces to several of his coworkers that he was gay but is now bisexual. Ok, not a problem but some eyebrows are beginning to arch a bit but no dis crimination here.
The day before his three month temp housing is to end he goes in and says that he has been unable to sell his home so is going to have to quit and move back to the West Coast. He is unable to pay back his hiring bonus because he had to use that to pay the balance of the down payment on his new home. And there is one other little problem. The feds have raided his hotel room and confiscated his computer because it had kidde porn on it and he may be facing federal charges..
He did in fact repay the hiring bonus over the next three years in monthly payments. Nobody knows if he went to the pen for kidde porn.
And by the by, his references were stellar. But, what you see may not be what you get, should it have derailed along the way. Maybe but it was one of those horror stories that everyone would like to forget. One of the sharpest candidates this company ever hired. Except he wasn't what he appeared to be.
Keith, I just wanna know what search string you're using to find these guys...
Keith Plesha said:
I have you beat but I'm not happy about.
I had an offer pending to Bruce Pardo in 2008 before he went on his massacre dressed as Santa...he killed 9 people and then himself. It was a classified project dealing with radar algorithms. His flight was all ready booked. We were, however, asked to backfill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Pardo
Another guy that worked for me killed his wife and child. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Entwistle
Moral of the story: Both were regular guys with shining references. Sorry, I may have taken this to a disturbing level.
Republicans? In the Panhandle? I don't know any of those : )
I can't outdo any of these stories (yet), but I'm sure with living in Austin there are always one or two around the corner.
the drug test was rigged! the candidate was too deceitful!! terrible, no other words.. really hard time, sandra!
I've had a couple of those in the past. From day 1 they systematically deteriate as more skeletons appear. Is drug testing standard in the US?
Sandra. That is the craziest recruiting story I've ever heard. At least you can talk about it now...