Early in 2012 I was mandated by a global organization to assist them to fill a Vertical Market Director position, which saw me interview some very impressive executives in Europe and the US.

After almost 2 decades in this terrifically challenging industry I honestly feel I have experienced the most interesting of challenges, either on a macro or micro level, and with regards one of those short listed, this was an exceptional circumstance.

One of those attending was a rather vivacious female that decided to loosen her blouse revealing her ample cleavage. In addition she applied her facial makeup liberally with several bright colors on show. Her finger nails were painted in rainbow style, with her hair prepared in bouffant style. Got the picture? A recruiter's dilemma.

I have always prided myself on providing the very best support and guidance to all executives that I meet. I hope this is done professionally and impartially. So in this instance I had no option but to critique her choices made. As I did so she proceeded to the bathroom and reappeared about 5 minutes later looking far more professionally attired. No fuss "let's get on with it."

I was so impressed with her capacity to accept my feedback and move forward in such a positive tone. More power to her. Upon reflection I was also proud of the decision that I made and hope she too has learned from this encounter.

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Comment by Tiffany Branch on January 15, 2013 at 10:24am

Wwo. Sometimes, folks don't know if we don't tell them.

Comment by Christopher Perez on January 15, 2013 at 10:52am

I had a candidate who, upon completion of her interview and while still standing in the presence of the client and in that person's office, proceeded to disrobe. She had asked permission to do a "quick change" before her return flight. The client (a woman) graciously agreed, expecting maybe a simple change of shoes or removal of a suit jacket. Suffice it to say that a) she didn't expect the Full Monty, and b) it was too late for meaningful feedback at that point (even if the client hadn't been rendered speechless).

Don't you love this business??   --Chris

Comment by Tiffany Branch on January 15, 2013 at 11:05am

OMG......I'm sure we all have similar stories.

Comment by Stephanie McDonald on January 15, 2013 at 1:49pm

Chris, that person has serious issues and should be treated asap. Seriously. Wow.

Comment by Christopher Perez on January 15, 2013 at 1:55pm

Fortunately I knew/know the client very well; in fact, I had placed her in her position with that company. So truth be told, we had a good laugh over it even though it was somewhat embarrassing for me. I had worked with this candidate for some time prior to this sendout but honestly never saw this coming. People will never run out of ways to exhibit bizarre behavior. We're ingenious in that way.


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