I had taken a hot job order from a new client, you know the golden type that always picks up the phone when you call, responds to e-mails almost immediately, instant feedback on candidates, basically the best case scenario. In my initial sourcing efforts, I found three solid candidates. I set up interviews immediately and received instant feedback with an offer for one of them. I was excited as the candidate they selected was a perfect personality fit, had the required skills, background, and everything else they were looking for.
We completed all of the paperwork and narrowed down a start date that was renegotiated twice because of last minute scheduling conflicts. Fast forward to a week before the start, I received a call from my candidate that they needed more time before starting. I wasn’t too excited, but things happen and this was a great candidate, so I connected with the hiring manager and changed the start date.
Fast forward to a day before starting, I get a call from the candidate explaining that they needed more time. Something didn’t feel right about the situation at this point, so I connected with the hiring manager, expressed my concerns and removed my candidate from the process. I connected with the candidate who didn’t care that they were being removed from the process - interesting. Because I had not stopped sourcing for this role and had warm candidates in my pipeline, I had another solid candidate lined up. I set up an interview, the client made an offer, and the candidate started on time.
After I removed my first candidate from the process, I brought up my situation at a staff meeting. I found out that the same candidate acted in a similar way with one of my colleagues one year before. The candidate interviewed, accepted an offer, set a start date and then went completely dark.
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