A battle since the beginning of time but what are your thoughts on submission of a candidate to your client that claims to "know" them already but hasn't spoken to them in the last couple years more importantly they are in your clients LinkedIn "Rolodex" but they fail to contact them for the current opening we're both trying to fill.
I will use this as an example...
After identifying a solid candidate for my client, I ask the candidate prior to submittal, (as I do all my candidates), " How he knows of the client and if he has ever applied directly or been contacted by them?"
Candidate response--No, never.
So I submit...
Client response--"I know John Doe..."
Well after doing some digging with the candidate we realized that he and the client had in fact some minimal contact back at the end of 08 through LinkedIn but nothing more then that...No calls or interviews or anything...just a simple connection request.
My response--"In what capacity do you know him?"
Client response--"He contacted me through a posting via LinkedIn via the "ABC Group" and invited me to link with him. Don’t know the time-line on it though…"
My response--"Right, I found him on LinkedIn but he claimed that he has never applied nor has anyone talked to him from "ABC Company" ever....But still I'm very embarrassed by this as I inform all my candidates where their resume is headed. He did acknowledge that he had some minimal contact (connection request) with you at the end of 08 (after checking his LinkedIn account) but nothing since.
Sorry about the confusion...Curious, why hasn’t "ABC Company" reached out to him for this? And how do we proceed?"
Client response--....to be continued...
Bring it on people I have thick skin and love criticism regardless if I agree with it or not...What are your thoughts on this situation? Im not saying the client is lying or trying to be sneaky she oobviously isnt and people do forget especially candidates that want a new job! lol
Im still awaiting her response to my last reply but nothing at the moment...
How would you guys have handled this?