As an Employer:

  1. Saying the job needs to be filled asap when the following week your closing the order (Wait till you call me next time with a really urgent request).
  2. Giving the same job to 5 or more other search firms (Everyones’ going to try so hard).
  3. Not allowing the recruiter to talk to the hiring manager (What are we in kindergarten).
  4. Trying to haggle me down to bottom feeder status (Working for peanuts does not work for me or for you).
  5. Not providing me with a proper job spec, information or the right understanding of the political and internal sensitivities of this search (When I get crapped on so will you. So man up).

As a Candidate:

  1. Not calling me back during the offer process (Do you really want the job or where you lying earlier?)
  2. Fudging your credentials, especially late in the process (Did you think I would’nt find out?)
  3. Not telling me about competing offers while leading me on about this opportunity being exactly what you want (I am here to help you, so why shoot me in the back).
  4. Not taking my advice during an interview (Do you really think I am trying to sabotage you).
  5. Telling your friends you found the job on Twitter (Right as if anyone believes you).

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Comment by Tim Spagnola on October 4, 2011 at 10:01am

A lot that can be added to this list......


Like not telling me your child is an Olympic hopeful swimming champ and needs to be within a half hour of a training facility? Really? You wait till after the offer is in hand and after two site/community visits? Did it just dawn on you? Sorry......been holding on to that one for a bit ; )

Comment by Jeff on October 4, 2011 at 10:55am
How often is "As an employer #3" happening to you guys these days?  Seems to be extremely counter productive.
Comment by Justin Williams on October 4, 2011 at 10:57am
Comment by Jeanene Walker on October 4, 2011 at 11:00am
Comment by Melissa Zentgraf on October 4, 2011 at 11:05am

Can we add:  Not having the Hiring Manager sign off on the jd so that when HR sends the slate of candidates I so lovingly put together and HR thought was perfect, the Hiring Manager sends feedback that they all had the wrong skill set. And now the HM wants to use a new agency because I am apparently incompetent.


And I haven't been holding on to that one.  THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY!!!!  Sorry.  Maybe more chocolate will help....


Comment by Tim Spagnola on October 4, 2011 at 11:13am
Ugh Melissa- more chocolate indeed! What a communication breakdown. Today will be better right?
Comment by Mitch Sullivan on October 4, 2011 at 11:13am

Most of those can be avoided by selling a retained-fee service.



Comment by Elizabeth Kaufman on October 4, 2011 at 11:21am
Love love love this... As someone who works on their own, it's nice to know I'm not alone in these thoughts. I mean, realistically, I know I'm not, but when you are working with only the dog nearby, you sometimes wonder!
Comment by Tim Spagnola on October 4, 2011 at 11:24am

@Mitch - very true

@Elizabeth - the beauty of the RBC is that you are never alone. We are all in the trenches together.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on October 4, 2011 at 11:28am
@John none of your links are working on your profile.


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