How do you handle a candidate with a large ego?

I had a highly qualified candidate interview with my client about 2 1/2 weeks ago. My client wanted to hire my candidate on the spot (don't you love when that happens?). My candidate let myself and my client know that he has 2 pending offers on the table and would like to wait to see the outcome and should know within 3 weeks. My client still really wants to hire my candidate and is growing impatient. The problem is my candidate has a very large ego and is trying to "run the show". I really want my candidate to accept the offer from my client (obviously). What is the best way to go about handling my candidate and speeding this process along without offending him and/or losing him altogether?

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Comment by Sandra McCartt on August 9, 2012 at 11:57pm

Well rats sorry.  Sounds like he got pretty much what he was looking for but it also sounds like he appreciated your efforts and giving the opportunity to receive an offer.  The big egos are never happy anyplace for long.


I agree with Peter.  I want a person to be quietly confident.  I use the expression that someone has their ego in order.  It has been my experience that the people who can check their ego at the door make much better employees than the narcissistic super stars.who make a lot of noise and irritate the people who have to work with them to the point that no matter how good they are the team suffers.


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