I found an amazing candidate for a role at a company last week.
I offered the job and said to this candidate that the conversation was a starting point, and that they should take some time, think about it, then call me back to discuss it in further detail. They were everything we were looking for and seemingly, we were everything they were looking for. They called me back and left a voicemail saying that they weren’t going to take the job but that I could call to talk. I called back a few times to no avail. They just went MIA on me.
And that’s really disappointing. I thought this person had the goods. They said all the right things and showed me all the right things, and this was the most inspired, put-together person I met with during the interview process.
Too bad. The person could have not only built a business from the ground up, but could have learned a lot and moved into a management role.
THE REAL WORLD RETAIL TAKEAWAY
Sometimes you have to leave well enough alone.
There’s a reason the person didn’t take the job. But I’ll never know it. So instead of losing sleep over it, we just plug along, finding that next great employee. They’re out there. And they’re out there en masse. The job market has never been tighter, and the quality of talent at affordable prices has never been better.
But come on, I’m still stuck in my old-school ways where if someone offers you a job, you actually call them back and talk to them and tell them, even if it is by phone, that you’re not interested. Every industry is a small one, and people come and go, and cross paths often. No doubt I’ll run into this person again. And there’s not a chance they’ll get my call to interview for another position.
How are you dealing with the crazy job interviewing world today?
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