In a recent HR magazine called “Network” that is distributed through Alberta there was a story posted about an interview appointment gone wrong. I had to read the story about three times over before I could believe what I read. My question is, have candidates really degraded to this level of foolishness?
Story Synopsis: Interview appointment has been set between candidate and HR personnel. As unfortunate as it may be recruiters and HR personnel have become aware that “no shows” are all to common these days with interview appointments. So when the candidate didn’t show up on time or even 20 minutes later (yes the HR personnel waited 20 minutes), she chalked it up to a “no show” and went back to the her office to move ahead with business.
Approximately 10 minutes later, so a total of 30 minutes after the scheduled interview appointment the HR personnel received a call from the front desk informing her that the candidate had arrived. The receptionist also let the HR personnel know that the candidate failed to bring any of the requested documentation or forms to the interview, and oh yes – they weren’t dressed quiet “appropriately”, aka they may as well have been hanging out at the mall. So what does the HR personnel do? She decides to go hold the interview and see what the deal is with this candidate.
Here is the best part, ready for this?
HR personnel comes to the front desk to bring the candidate into the meeting room. And SURPRISE – the candidate in on their cell phone in mid-conversation. They make eye contact, and the candidate mouthed “10 more minutes” to the HR personnel – had gesture and all. Yes, it’s ok – go ahead and read that part again...guess what it gets better! The HR personnel walks away in disbelief, returns 10 minutes later to find the candidate STILL ON THEIR CELL PHONE!
Finally the HR personnel forfeited any interest in interviewing this candidate and directed the receptionist to inform the candidate “once they were off their cell phone” that there would be no interview today nor in the future.
So what the heck was going on with that candidate you may ask. Well, as the candidate informed the receptionist – once they were off their cell phone – they were on a very important call, you see they had double booked themselves and the candidate was actually conducting a telephone interview.
Yes, it’s ok to gasp and bang your head on the table or wall – whatever is most convenient, because this is not the punch line it's the truth.
GIVE ME A BREAK candidates! Really, you double booked yourself? What a fantastic way to show your lack in time management skills! Wonder what positions they were applying to – hope it wasn’t anything along the lines of project management!
How would you have handled this situation?