O.K. I just had it happen to me. I had to share. If someone calls me, I usually will politely call them back. Who knows? Connections for the future at the very least. Right?
"Hi, Will. I am calling because I have come across your resume and really like your background. I think you would be a perfect fit! Please call me as soon as you get this. This is an urgent need!"
I think, O.K. I'll hear what she has to say. I'm happy, but I'll listen. She follows up with a professional e-mail also. She must really need some help!
I call her back.
"Where are you working today?" I say XYZ company. She says "Who is your Manager". Wait- why is she asking me who is my manager?
She's fishing for leads! Holy cow! Are you kidding me?! She knew I was working at a certain company and wanted an introduction. Hell no! Do people still do this? C'mon- there is an easier way to get this information.
"So you do what again". You called me! Don't you know what I do?! "Oh- I see.. I don't know why my database pulled up your name. I am looking for a help desk professional for $12 hour".
Are you kidding me! Then she says "Do you want me to continue interviewing you for future opportunities?" I said, do you recruit recruiters? "Well, not really. Mostly IT folks. I can have your information on file though."
NO! I don't want to be interviewed so you can get leads!
Then she sends me a follow up e-mail stating that if she could get references from my employer that would be great.
Again, are you kidding me!
This really happened. I had to share. This is the worst call I have ever received in my professional career.
You want to know why recruiters get a bad rap? THIS is why!!
you should have said "NO, who is YOUR manager??" lol seriously... she saw your resume and you're a perfect fit, huh?
Fishing. I mean- didn't they teach that like 25 years ago? That is awful. I should he/she asked who her manager is!
Here is the e-mail I received after the call:
It was an absolute pleasure speaking with you today. At your earliest convenience, please send me your updated word.doc resume and 2-3 professional (manager/ supervisor) references including their first and last name, company they are from, phone number and location so that I can find a better opportunity of interest for you according to the ideals we discussed.
AFTER she found out you were a recruiter?
Send her a link to this post. I double dog dare you. :)
YES!! Is that not unbelievable? No, I won't do that. I'll keep the identity unknown, but THIS is the exact reason we have such a horrible name in the market! You should cold call though. I will give you the name and Number. We can call in live on the Animal Show.
LOL can I play a hiring manager looking for staffing help? that would be awesome... lol
I think that is a terrific idea!
Oh man- that would be great.
Why don't people just keep it simple, direct, and honest? If I want to ask you for referrals, information, etc. that is what I ask you for when I call you. There are always employees, candidates, and friends that might be looking, OR there might be someone I know that is a potential referral. I suppose the subterfuge is so that the caller won't know your true agenda? Does this really work for anyone, I wonder?
That is amazing!!!!!!!!! I use to hate when my manager had us make calls like this. Reason #237 why I no longer work on the agency side. Do you think that recruiter is on RecruitingBlogs? We should look her up.......