Question of the day: What is the most absurd reason a candidate has given you for not taking the job?

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What is the most absurd reason a candidate has given you for not taking the job?

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I have 2 that will stick with me for years to come. 

  1. The model of BMW on offer was not correct. (wanted a 3 series sport and it was a slightly different model from what I recall) Obviously an excuse to pull out for someone afraid to make the move. 
  2. Her father had died. This one I believed and a few months later I called her to catch up and see if she was still in her old job etc. She said she couldn't talk as she was "on her way to her dad's house" When I questioned his rise from the grave she hung up. How a person can lie about their dad dying is beyond me. Talk about tempting fate. 

Sigh. Recruitment, who'd do it? 

I posted about this before, but had a candidate turn down the offer (the 3rd revised one they gave him) because he would "lose" 3 vacation days. Even though the client was giving him 2 partial days off each week, and his increased pay was way more then 3 days pay. He went back to the office manager 6 months later and is now working there.

Last week a guy told me he couldn't take a job because his mom fell and broke her hip. Since his sister was on sabbatical in Peru, he was the only one available to make sure mom got her hyperbaric chamber treatments regularly. To fix her hip, of course. I don't even know what that is!!

I had someone turn down a position because she was getting married. Her new husband is a "self made man" and doesn't think she should work... HUH? What year is this?!?!?

Oh - and I also had someone turn down a position because she was making more $$ (broken down hourly) at her PART TIME position and wanted to make at least that amount at this new FULL TIME position, even though she would have made more because of the full time status, she was convinced it was less because the "per hour breakdown" was less...

I had a candidate turn down a job because she had a bad dream about the job, that she considered a "bad omen".  That was an awkward one to relay to the client.

Sure is Michelle - what did you say? Curious.....

Tim - I just told them the truth, exactly what she had told me. The interview process had been relatively short as this was for a contract position, but neither of us had any indication that she would have ended it this way. I tried to spin it as "I think you dodged a bullet on this one, obviously her decision making skills are severely lacking..." and then I just busted it to find another candidate.

"My wife has advised me not to take the job."

I recruited a professor once from a big university for a public company, he was a specialist in his field (very rare background) The position paid 120K + bonus + perks. He was making 62K per year (no bonus, no perks). He turned the offer down because he wanted: "Job Security" I cant even make this stuff up.

Just today a candidate who had been actively pursuing a job with my company for 4 months cancelled an interview 15 minutes before it was supposed to start. He apparently just found out where we are and we're about 10 minutes further south from where he thought we were. Ok not turning down a job, exactly but honestly how do you not know where a company IS if you've been trying to get an interview for the past 4 months?????

She read one of my blogs on RBC (what does the "C" represent anyway?) and feels she can't respect me anymore.


C = Community

Wow if that is true and thanks for sharing one of my all time favorite clips. Have a good weekend Bill!

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