For those of you who are honest as the day is long, I am going to apologize ahead of time. This may seem like a rant of a post – but I think it is important. Throughout my tenure in this industry, I have represented unbelievable talent. Ethical. Trustworthy. Professional. I can’t say enough about the majority of candidates I have had the pleasure of representing.
I am not sure whether it is my long tenure in the recruiting industry that I pick up on little things that just don’t sit right in my gut – or whether lying has become the norm these days. The number of lies I have heard from candidates over the past three weeks is just too many not to address. Let’s get right down to it…
True story: 3 weeks ago, after interviewing a candidate from out of town, I presented him to a client requiring bilingual skills for a particular opening. The candidate assured me he was bilingual and even had a story of how he was ‘very strong’ at speaking Spanish. My client and I decided that it would be best to have a Spanish speaking member of her team participate in part of the interview, which was taking place using skype. When my client went to get her fellow Spanish-speaking coworker to speak to the candidate, the candidate DISAPPEARED! Dropped off the screen. Dropped off the call. Never to be heard from again.
So, the next time you have an interview with a recruiter and it feels like they are giving you the third degree, please realize that our credibility with our clients is at stake. Our client companies hire us to find, screen, interview, evaluate and present the best candidates for the opportunity they have available – and they trust us. We represent you based on what you tell us and if you lie to us, our credibility with our clients is destroyed.
I love talking to new people every day and reaching out to a potential candidate to discuss a great opportunity. I love finding the ‘off paper’ skills so that I can help candidates find the opportunity of their dreams. I am in your corner. Trust me enough to tell me the truth.