I have been recruiting for 25+ years and just came across a new issue. If anyone has suggestions, I would really appreciate the help.
I am dealing with the American subsidiary of an Asian company. They are looking to hire a COO. The compensation is about $300k, so it is pretty senior. Now that they have started interviewing candidates, they are telling the candidates that they have a policy of a 90 day trial period. This is, of course, a turn-off to all the people I have sent. It severely limits the candidate pool to those who are currently not working. I have never had this issue.
Does anyone have a creative way of dealing with it? I suggested to the client that they agree to a one year contract which does not kick in until 90 days, but that only diffuses the issue and does not solve the problem.
We all know that absent a contract, people are employed "at will". Any thoughts on a creative way of handling this thorny issue would be appreciated.