I don't know how many times I have to learn this lesson but it makes me laugh/cry/scream everytime I learn it. You know how sometimes you can be so fixated on a candidates skills and how perfectly they align with a job you are recruiting for that you forget to read the notes? Then you call the candidate and find out they are pure crazy and what ensues can only be described as a tragicomedy of sorts. Yeah. Did that today. Candidate has apparently applied to the same company a million times by several different recruiters, continues to apply, has even been interviewed and turned down but still applies. I told her I would e-mail her my contact information and ten minutes later she calls back and says she hasn't received the e-mail yet (because I haven't sent it.) I am pretty sure I just opened the flood gates of hell and she'll call me and get my voicemail a few more times before she gets the hint. Definitely not the worst candidate I've ever dealt with (my favorite--and by "favorite" I mean LEAST favorite--candidates are the egomaniacal MENSA members who think they are too smart to need a recruiter and apparently a job) but still not pleasant.

Oh well, onward.

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