One of the most difficult things about the recruiting business is when a good candidate interviews and the client company says that they were ‘not a fit’ or ‘not what we were looking for’ without going into detail. That makes it hard for the candidate to know how to improve on the next interview and very difficult for the recruiter to judge where they fell short.
I recently heard of a situation where the company gave the ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ routine in regards to why they were not moving forward with someone and it reminded me of one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite shows –
One thing that I have always found interesting is that when someone goes through the process of looking for a job and fails to get calls returned, emails responded to, and feedback on interviews they promise themselves (and everyone they know) that they are ‘forever changed’. They vow that they will always give people the courtesy of a return call or email and (if they are a hiring manager) never pull a George Costanza when giving feedback after an interview.
However, after they start a new job they quickly forget how frustrating life as a job-seeker really is and a quick Starbucks break is more important than giving two minutes of their time to really invest in someone else. My challenge for you is that after you land your next gig (and the good news is you will), don’t ever forget how frustrating it was to be on the other side of the desk.
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!