I had a great candidate interview yesterday with a client! This person is completely money! Close the search, game over. Just make the offer and pay me.
Then “it” happens.
Client: “Tim, we loved her! She is perfect! I can’t believe you guys found her!”
Me: “Awesome. Pay me!”
Client: “Well, the hiring manager would like to just see one more person so she has a comparison, before making an offer.”
Me: “You’re looking for a female Environmental Safety Engineer with an Electrical Engineering background! I found you the only person on the planet with that profile! You want another?!”
Client: “Yeah, we just need something to compare her to.”
Me: “Okay, I’ll send over the recruiter who found her and we’ll tell her to talk like an engineer.”
How many times have you had a hiring manager do this to you? It sucks! It’s hard to get them to change their mind. Usually, what happens is it takes you weeks to find another even remotely qualified candidate, as compared to you rock star, and by then your rock star gets pissed off, or cold feet and tells you to go fly a kite! Opportunity lost!
Read the whole post over at The Tim Sackett Project (an FOT contributor blog).