How many of you can relate to this "Candidate Emotion Cycle"

I see this pattern again and again not just with candidates I know, but with anyone suddenly finding themselves out of work. So I thought I would jot down the stages of  the "candidate emotion cycle". Of course the cycle can be broken at any time and is often done so by luck or by the amazing recruitment abilities of the recruiter but that is a topic for another missive... enjoy this Monday afternoon musing and let me know how many of you have witnessed this! or is it really just me....

Following redundancy "Candidate Emotion Cycle" (CEC) 

  1. Worried – what will I do next?
  2. Angry – Why did I get let go?
  3. Can take on the world – it wont beat me!
  4. Worried again – it might beat me!

**********Meets a recruiter***********

       A) Very excited by options talked about

       B) Very deflated by lack of interest

5A) Can take on the world again!

5B) Depressed

No call yet from recruiter (its only been 24hrs)

6) Depressed

7) Hatred - Its all the recruiters fault

8) Elated they got an interview – loves recruitment consultant

9) Elated got second interview – Recruitment consultant is the best

10) Depressed didn’t get job – Recruiter sucks

11) Hates recruiters generally

12) Worried - calls all recruiters constantly

13) Hates -  recruiters

14) Elated got an interview

15) Recruiters are the best GOT JOB!!! Simply fantastic so happy!

16) Recruiters are a waste of money going to hire direct…..

17) Wants a new job……


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Comment by Tim Spagnola on July 30, 2013 at 8:57am

This is so true Chris....see it on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Will Thomson on July 30, 2013 at 2:22pm

Oh man- so true.  

Comment by Chris Bailey on July 30, 2013 at 4:43pm

cheers both - Im sure we could add several others as well! 


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