Here’s a newsflash for you – recruiting is a people business. And whenever people are involved, inevitably, something will go wrong. I think most of us are willing to admit this, and frankly I’m happy to have a place like RBC where I can bitch, gripe, complain then call it blogging. A couple of my recent favorite posts (here and here) have been pretty good rants. These posts make me feel normal. And less alone.
When you are in the middle of a crappy situation (unreasonable hiring manager, disappearing candidate, irritable boss) it’s so easy to throw up your hands and wonder if ANYONE ANYWHERE has ever had to deal with this crap!??!?
Yes. Yes we have. There is nothing new under the sun and that goes for recruiting too. I promise you that no matter how difficult your situation is, you are very unlikely to run into something that hasn’t already happened to someone else. The players change. The game stays the same. It’s important for you to know this.
Because well intentioned commenters will make you second guess yourself.
I’m always amazed at the (very rare) comments from readers who act SHOCKED that a candidate did something exceptionally stupid. They almost seem to be insinuating that if only you had controlled the situation better, this wouldn’t have happened. Or that client who dropped off the face of the earth after a couple of submittals? REAL recruiters only work with clients who have them on speed dial and exchange gifts at Christmas, or something.
Maybe there is a parallel universe where that kind of recruiting exists. I’ve personally never been there. That is not to say we shouldn’t be selective. We absolutely should try to only work with clients that respect our part in the process. We certainly should be asking closing questions and “bear-hugging” our candidates. We will still have bad days. It’s ok to talk about them, certainly here at RBC, where the audience should get it.
If that wasn’t reason enough, there’s always this – today is National Have a Bad Day Day. Who saw that coming?