k he said, "i need to be totally honest with you, i am not a young person, in fact i am in my late 60's." "A recruiter told me to leave off my dates of education and half of my career." "Now i am so worried about doing that if i get an interview i go in aplogizing and telling people that i need to be totally honest with them as i feel i have not been with that resume."
Well wonderful. The job i called him about is physically demanding, shift work and i know that my client is probably not going to hire him. They have and do hire people in their mid to late 50's but not folks in their late 60's. Now i feel badly that i gave him some hope by calling him which i would not have done if i had been privey to a real resume. For an office type job it would not have made any difference but this one, yes it probably makes a big difference. Now what, do i not submit him or do i submit with full disclosure and put my client in the position of turning him down because they know the job might kill him or make him sick because of his age. Let's be real, even those of us who are in perfect health in our late 60's can't do what we did even in our 50's or we don't want to unless we are desperate.
So now all three of us are in an uncomfortable spot. It would not have happened if the resume had been honest.…
rescheduled sendouts vs. "as origially plannned" sendouts. I'm guessing it should take a few years to gather enough data - but you'll see a BIG difference in how many of them turn into placements. I did. That's why I encourage anyone wanting to reschedule that "most likely" this will mean they won't be getting this job. Nothing personal I say - just statistically my records reflect it.
You'd be surprised what you hear once you dig into it. Most of the time I then here stuff like this.
"Well - I have been wondering if this meeting is worth burning a vacation day..." or
"I was talking to a friend of mine who knows a guy over there. It doesn't really sound like a great place." or
"Actually - I'm sort of waiting to hear back from a company I interviewed at last week."
So - once you hear the REAL REASON for wanting to skip the interview (rescheduling only kicks the can down the road - and candidates don't want to tell us they're just not interested once they've agreed to an interview) you can deal with it.
Family emergency you say? Bummer. What happened?
A meeting you can't miss? Shoot. But your job is mostly meetings, all the time, every day, right? Surely you've missed a meeting before, haven't you?
Sick kids? I hate it when my kids are sick. What are the chances of getting a baby sitter so you can make the interview? I can let them why you'll be about an hour late.
I could go on and on. I've heard every fake reason under the sun. I recognize most of them from the first 2 or 3 words in the candidates call to me. "Hey Jerry. I know we're scheduled for tomorrow at 1:30 but...."
Yep. The moment that call starts I realize there is not a shot in H.....L of this turning into a placement. So I get to work/
This may not be the right strategy for you. I'm a calloused individual after all these years - but it serves my clients well.
Blizzards? Of course. Region-wide power outage? Of course "Personal stuff" - uh, no. Sorry. Let's regroup, quit playing games and find out why you feel this one isn't a fit......…
are they spreading? That they didn't get the job and don't know why.
Welcome to the real world. It's just the way it is. "We found a better fit" or "we just didn't feel you were the right fit at this time" is the feedback nearly every candidate but ONE gets during the interview process.
Is this a real life scenario? ----
Pete "I interviewed at XYZ two weeks ago and don't know what's going on..."
Larry "Man. What a lousy company. I'll never apply there."
Sally "Same thing happened to me at ABC - but that was 4 weeks ago."
Larry "That's just ridiculous. I'll never apply there either."
Pete "And I heard the PDQ company does a psyche test after their 2nd interviews - so I'm never applying there."
Sally "Right on Pete!"
Larry "Heck - I can beat that. I applied for a job with their sister company - though it was a long shot since I don't have a BS degree - but they didn't even send me a nice letter letting me know they got my resume. I'm never shopping there ever again."
Sally "Amen! I'm just sick of every employer in town. I've heard of negative candidate experiences nearly everywhere. I wish a new company would move to town so I could get a job."
Pete "Right on Sally! I'm with you!"
Keep dreaming gents......…