Hi Claudia,

Here is a situation. I presented a local contractor resume to my client, who requested a face 2 face interview. The candidate said he could interview with 24 hours notice, but now he tells me that his current manager will not permit him to interview during work hours. I suggested that go on his lunch hour, but he says that isn't enough time to travel to the client location, interview, and return to his job. The hiring manager is available to interview this week only, and unfortunately never interviews after 5:00pm. Please suggest how I should handle this situation, though I am already prepared with back up resumes.

Thanks in Advance.


Hi Mohammed,

Glad to hear you've got those backup resumes ready. In situations like this, one of two things is almost always true: either the candidate wasn't as closed as you thought he was on the deal, or you're working with a Diva. Either way you've broken the First Rule of Recruiting, and it's time to move on...

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