A few interview stories from our vast recruiting experience...

The Absentee Interviewer

We set up a highly skilled candidate to interview for an Accounting Manager position. The interview was set for the day after the company's Christmas party, and as it happened, the company's Controller, who was scheduled to meet our candidate, had whooped it up too much the night before and completely missed the interview.

Understandably, the candidate was highly annoyed, and when we attempted to reschedule the interview, he refused to go back.

The next candidate we sent to interview for Accounting Manager was offered the Controller's position instead. Apparently, the CFO was annoyed with the Controller as well.

A Near Cancellation

We recruited a candidate who was coincidentally conducting his own job search. He had four "superstar" years at a major organization and not long after our call, he rang us up to say, "Good news! I just got a job at a Big 4 firm." We congratulated him, telling him that working at least two years in Big 4 would give him an excellent calling card that would serve him well throughout his career.

Six months later, when an opportunity arose that appeared to have his name "written all over it," we called to see how he was doing. Even as he echoed our earlier advice, saying he should stick it out two years in Big 4, we heard the misery in his voice.

"From your voice, Mike," we told him, "it doesn't sound like you're going to last that long," and we went on to suggest that he check out this opportunity just in case.

It was with a lot of hesitation and doubt and even a near cancellation that he finally went on the interview, but when he came out, it was with the absolute certainty that this company was the right place for him. From the time that we placed him, he has had three promotions, and the company has financially rewarded him beyond our expectations.

It Could Have Been Perfect

We recruited a Bergen County candidate for a job in Manhattan. At the start, she claimed that going into the city was not an issue for her, but as it turned out, she had not been to the city for years (not since her Senior Prom when she traveled by limousine).

No sooner did she get off the bus at Port Authority and step over a homeless person did she discover that she was not a "city person." A garbage strike in the city that day only made matters worse, and before she had even reached the interview, she had made up her mind that she did not want the job.

After the interview, the company told us they would not offer her the position since she had showed so little enthusiasm. When we relayed this to her, she scoffed, "I don't care if they double my salary! There's no way I'm going into the city!"

As it happens, within two weeks, the company called us to inform us of a change in that position. That particular department was relocating to the Bergen County office.

On Second Thought

We recruited a candidate who was working for a well-known "sinking ship." Due to misplaced loyalties to the crumbling company, he was reluctant to interview anywhere at the start.

When he finally opened up to the interviewing process, we presented an opportunity at a company which we thought would be a great match for him, but as it happened, he had already set his mind against this company and refused to consider an interview there.

We sent him out to other companies, but when these did not pan out for him, we continued to remind him of the first company only to have him stubbornly refuse to open his mind to interviewing there.

When, after more time had passed, we decided to reintroduce this opportunity one last time, we were amazed to hear him say, "Oh, what the heck, I might as well go see."

He was hired there as a Staff Accountant, receiving a 15% raise, and later, after several promotions, he became their Divisional Assistant Controller. Needless to say, he is glad he went on that interview.

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