This is a first for me and I don't think there's much I can do to overcome this candidate's objection.
I've been working on a needle in a haystack search for one of my favorite clients. They are looking for a project manager with very specific web experience and I finally found someone that seemed to be a strong fit, both experience and personality wise. Everyone I've ever sent to this company has wanted to work here....until now. This candidate gave me very detailed feedback, loved the manager (who I placed here a few years ago, and really is a great guy), and loved the job, it was just the kind of challenge he's looking for and type of company. So far, this is the only candidate who they've liked enough to bring in and were planning to bring him back for a second interview this week.
Except that, he doesn't want to go back! Why? Because he doesn't like the work environment. The company is going through growth and space is an issue, but I remembered visiting this company years ago and the space was gorgeous! It had gleaming bamboo wood floors and they'd taken over office space from a design firm, so it was bright and sunny. But, they've since moved down a few floors to a bigger space, which I hadn't seen, and it's evidently not as impressive. The candidate described it as having dingy beige carpet, and rows of tiny cubes....downright 'grim' and said he'd never complain about his current office environment again.
This just really surprised me. I've never had a candidate nix a job because of the work environment not being plush enough. Or have I just been lucky so far, and this actually is more common? I guess I just can't relate. The work environment has never been something I've thought twice about, it's always been about the work and the people, not what my office space is like.
Has this ever happened to any of you? Were you able to overcome it, or was it a deal-breaker?