The other day I wrote about how even the nicest rejection from a CEO can warm the cockles of your heart but yesterday I had a bizarre response that I feel the need to share.
I recently came across a candidate that I’d met some time ago and she was now looking for her next challenge. After catching up with her latest news and achievements we agreed on a course of action which resulted in an email from me to a CEO of a consulting group. The email was pretty standard stuff but it was concise, clear and focussed as to why I was contacting him and what this particular candidate could do for his business. Very quickly the reply came back; “don’t email me thanks”. Of course, I responded that I would love to speak with him on the phone........
Another quick reply from him “I’m not hr”.
Well, this response puzzled me. I knew the HR Director and it was a simple thing to redirect my communication but it left me wondering about the CEO. Did he not manage his top team? Did he know what they did and what their skill level and current performance was? If so, then surely it was easier to consider the communication and respond a little more informatively? Although, I guess “I’m not hr” is informative to a degree!