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Recruiting & Interviewing Speed Bumps and Stop Signs

  • Author: Kathy Barany

    In the March newsletter, I put out a request asking for people to share their frustrating recruiting experiences.  I received a variety of stories; some complicated, some simple, some frequently occurring.  I took some of the most commonly occurring stories, and have condensed them here.  I have also added some of my own comments. 

    • Applicant doesn’t follow the instructions to “complete” the employment application, and leaves blank spaces.  Have had this one several times.  Some employers let it go, and proceed with the interview.  Others ask the applicant to finish completing the application.  Red flag – if they can’t complete an application, can you depend on them to complete the detail work of their job? 
    • Applicant shows up 15-30 minutes late for the interview, with no apology or explanation.  How would you handle this one?  Here are your options: 
    1. Do nothing.  But prepared to do nothing when they show up late for work.
    2. Ask them why they are late, and decide for yourself how to proceed.
    3. Make them wait the same amount of time they were late.
    4. Tell them you have to cut the interview short by 20 minutes (because that is how late they were), and running late would put you off schedule.
    5. Assume they can’t tell time.
    6. Cancel the interview. 
    • When asked to complete an application, applicant said he had done so before, and stated he would charge a fee to the employer to complete a new one. (this one is not common, but I didn’t make it up !)
    • Interviewee checks their cell phone a few times during the interview, and responds to what appears to be a text message or email. They don’t explain, nor apologize. Is this acceptable behavior? Most people don’t think so; however, I have heard the reverse; that the interviewer checks their cell phone. My opinion? Total lack of respect when either party puts their attention elsewhere (i.e. cell phone), UNLESS, in advance of the interview beginning one or the other party tells the other that they are expecting an emergency message, and they apologize in advance for the interruption. Let’s start minding our manners.