Obviously somes names have been changed to protect the innocent and not so innocent.

 

I work as an agency recruiter placing candidates in all sorts of technical positions in vendor neutral organizations.  The concept is high volume, low margin, to makes ends meat.

I have a very large healthcare organization that I staff for in a very southern state.  We have placed approximately 50 individuals there over last 5 years in a variety of technical and non technical positions. 

I had a number of positions for identity access managers that we were struggling at filling, so I put on my sourcing helmet and started cold calling.  I struck PAYDIRT I called a healthcare company in the midwest with some disgruntled employees and managed to identify, recruit and then place both of these gentleman at my client. 

Both of these guys had worked together for ten years at the company previously, but one of them was  living locally with their family, and the other guy a pure contractor who had flown in from out west.  So when they decided to move to my client's site, to save money, they rented an apartment together.  

This apparently put a damper on the contractors personal preference of dress around his house.  

I received a call on a Friday evening not but 6 months after these guys started, it was from the security company working onsite at my client's site.  He had reported that he had apprehended a gentleman who claimed to be an employee of will of my organization, after he had glanced up from his desk to the second story balcony to see the suspect dressed only in what God had given him.  It was all I could do to stifle a laugh.  The suspect apparently upon noticing he had been witnessed proceeded with quick abandon to the second floor bathroom where he got dressed before being apprehended.

The security guard asked him if he indeed saw what he had seen, and my candidate told him that he was a nudist and was being repressed in his current living arrangement. 

My client had to call me Monday morning to inform me that they were terminating his contract, and we both had an awkward moment before busting out in a fit of laughter.  Luckily for me this particular incident created a rapport with my client, but it could have been much worse.  

I sort of felt sorry for the guy, and the most awkward call was picking up the phone and speaking with the candidate and why not to return to work.  

 

Is there a lesson to learn; perhaps. I learned that it's always important to look for the red flags from previous employment arrangements, how to dig around and ask some uneasy questions regarding personal preferences and living arrangements.  When something looks to good to be true, it bears asking the question, will it work?

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