So, last week, I wrote a little HR blog post called – ‘Top Candidate Lies‘ and it got a rather large reaction. LinkedIn’s What’s Hot picked it up from TLNT (ERE’s HR website which re-blogs some of my work) – and in a little over 8 hours, over 75,000 people read the post, and over 500 comments (at TLNT’s site)! Cool for me, right!? Well, let’s just say there were a ‘few’ folks who didn’t agree with my post – so I took a bit of beating – as did the Recruiting Profession in general.
Basically, from the Top Candidate Lies post, there three camps:
1. Recruiters – where about 99% agreed with the lies, and found it funny
2. Job Seekers – who honestly had one of these things happen to them, now understood that some recruiters might see these as lies, and wanted help in how they should address (I got over 50 person emails like this – which was cool and made for a busy weekend)
3. The Haters – these folks assumed all ‘candidates’ were out of work people, and they weren’t lying or had to lie to get a job. There’s really no logic in addressing these folks, like: many candidates lie and are actually employed, candidates lie because they just don’t want to tell the recruiter the truth (more on this later) or candidates lie because most candidates lie! The Haters also pointed out that Recruiters Lie! For which I say – “yes, yes they do!”
I love The Haters passion, though, so I wanted to go down that road of the Top Recruiter Lies – Here you go Haters!
- Send Us Your Resume, Even Though We Don’t Have a Job Lie - this was pointed out by a few people – I would say this is a ‘semi-lie’ (how do you like that haters!). While the recruiter might not have the opening currently, they’re asking for a resume because they frequently have those openings and they never know when one is coming. The recruiter, though, is wrong by not telling you this up front, so you know what to expect.
- The Hiring Manager Hasn’t Gotten Back To Me Lie - This is a lie and not a lie – potentially! For Corporate Recruiters this is a lie or lazy – you pick. If you’re a corporate recruiter and tell the candidate that the hiring manager hasn’t gotten back to you – get your butt up from your desk and walk over to the hiring managers desk. If they’re in a different location and won’t get back to you – you have an influence problem you need to work on. Agency-wise it’s the one frustrating things recruiters have to deal with – Hiring Managers will get to ‘us’ when they feel like it, and usually after they’ve exhausted every other opportunity internally to fill the position.
- The Never Call Back the Candidate Lie – this really isn’t a lie – but The Haters pointed this out happens all the time! For the sake of Recruiters everywhere – if you do this – please quit this profession – we (all Recruiters) Hate you as well. You give all of us a bad name. It takes 10 seconds to call back a candidate you spoke to a job about, and tell them “Sorry, you were not chosen – stay in touch, don’t call me again, etc.” 10 seconds! Haters – bad Recruiters don’t call you back because they have major conflict avoidance and don’t like telling people negative stuff like – “You’re not good enough, we found someone better” or just a simple Lie “we filled it internally”.
- The You Didn’t Score High Enough On The Assessment Lie - The company you’re trying to get into might actually have cut-off scores they’ve established – the lie comes into play when a hiring manager presents someone they’ve worked with previously and that person scores the same as you – but still gets the job. If they really like you – the assessment won’t stop them from hiring you.
- The We’ve Decided To Go Another Direction Lie – This comes along with the ‘We really liked you, but” Lie. This is Recruiter training 101 – to not get yourself into trouble when telling a candidate they didn’t get the job – give them a reason that legally can never come back and bite you in the butt. “We really, really, really liked but have decided to not fill the position.” Two weeks later a job posting comes out that seems very similar but with a title change and a few description changes. They didn’t like you.
The biggest reason Recruiters lie? They have major conflict avoidance and are not willing to tell you the truth, which is usually there is something wrong with you – based on what they are looking for and don’t want to hurt your feelings. Unfortunately, many candidates would actually be helped by a little Recruiter honesty – but recruiters are afraid of candidates who get told the truth – and then get charges from the EEOC, other state or federal agencies, or just get flat out sued. Candidates have a hard time with feedback like – “you’re really creepy”, “you’re annoying” or “your personality is grating”. So, the lies come – because Recruiters have found Lies are easier than the truth.
Ok, Haters – your turn – which Recruiter Lies did I forget? Hit me, not literally, in the comments…