Monday, July 8, 2013

Cranky Recruiter: Stood Up for the Interview

Oh, hey, just back from driving for an hour, waiting around for an hour and driving back for an hour.  So that would be about 3 hours, give or take, of wasted time.  What was I thinking?--I made an appointment to interview someone last week, showed up at our arranged meeting spot, and he wasn't there.  I called, emailed, and haven't heard back.

This was an interview for a highly technical position, and it is hard to find qualified candidates for it.  Having that resume show up in my inbox was a thrill by itself.  Quickly I called him, did a phone interview, and with everything looking promising we booked an interview.

Then the doubts started creeping up.  I was rereading his resume and cover letter and there were inconsistencies.  He mentioned working at one company on his cover letter and on his resume another company was referenced.  Hmm, well that's something to ask about at the interview--maybe he was a subcontractor--maybe.

The second red flag was that this guy, who is a technically skilled winery professional, has been out of work for the last year.  When searching for people in this field, they are snatched up almost immediately when they are in the job market.  Hmm, what's up with this guy?

Oh yeah, and the guy of course suffered from TMI--giving too much information during our phone call.  Marital status, kids, bad previous employers, etc.  Good to know, but it was a bit of a sob story.

Ignoring these red flags I booked our interview.  While figuring out a spot to meet he mentioned that there was a good bar around the corner.  Hmmm, always good to know where the bar is--but not for an interview.

While sitting around waiting for him to show, I thought it made sense to send him a quick email.  Here's when I noticed his email address was a reference to alcohol.  Hmm, maybe I should worry about drinking on the job?  Maybe about missing work due to being on a bender? Or better yet, missing this interview because you didn't wake up this morning.

I'll now make sure not to miss any red flags, and trust my gut instincts.  The motto of a good recruiter, "Trust your gut!"  Now onto those other promising candidates.  Hope they didn't take a job during the time wasted waiting around for Mr. Fillerupbarkeep.


Anonymous said...

It's frightening really... we book about two dozen interviews each time we go on a hiring blitz which is about every 2 months. Out of those 2 dozen interviews (after the phone interview) about 30-50% don't even show up for the onsite interview. No call, no email, nothing. Of the dozen jobs we offer to people and they accept them, about 8 out of that dozen show up on their first day of work. No call, no email, nothing from the other 4. Out of the 8 that show up, at least 2-3 end up quitting after a week. If it was an isolated occurrence that would be one thing, but it happens almost EVERY single time. I hear the exact same story from other business owners, so I know we're not alone.

My theory is that there is so many subsidies available from our wonderful government along with 99 weeks of unemployment that many people are just plain lazy and don't really want to work. 1 out of 6 people in this nation get food stamps as it is. Why work when you can get handouts?

Jeff Stevenson

Amy said...

Thanks for the comment. I do stories like that a lot, especially in roles like the ones you have and on the hospitality side. It is a challenge to find those candidates with a strong work ethic, and good manners! But maybe we don't even want to get the call turning us down for the interview, the job or the long term commitment!
Happy Hiring Jeff,

Mary said...

I'm sure it is a nightmare not only for the interviewee but the recruiter as well. Never thought about that till now.
As a prospective employee, I would like to mention sometimes prospective employees have a good reason for not having worked for a year. I was laid off and before losing my health insurance was able to get my husband into heart surgery and as not working, stayed home with him during recoup. Couldn't afford having someone come in to take care of him. Hopefully I will find someone who will give me the chance to interview and not hold the time off against me.

Amy said...

I completely understand that there are reasons why people are out of work for a period of time other than being unemployed. For job hunting/interviewing advice I always recommend that people be able to explain any gaps of employment. Taking care of a family member or close friend is an important job, so don't be worried about discussing it.