I have read dozens of books and probably been to 90+ Interviews in my life time and I can honestly say that many of these books are written by people who I doubt have had to apply for a job in a long time.
That is, I found many of these texts to really be providing “Pre-Internet”, “Pre-GFC” type of advice with the complete assumption that you are only going up against 1-2 other candidates in a given job.
I know some very good recruiters in Sydney and I have a lot of respect for the pain and suffering that many of them go through.
Unfortunately, like in any profession – you get your occasional “Rotten Apple in the Cart”.
I had this very enthusiastic recruiter call me up and offer a job to me that was 2 ranks below what I was doing at the time. The role offered less than what I was on and to make things better – it was for an industry that I have never worked in before.
I politely told the recruiter all the pertinent facts and that I was not suited for this role and not interested. The recruiter kept “Pushing & Pushing” and saying I would be great for it.
They then said they will put me to their client for a higher wage. I then said, “I don’t think so – it’s not just me”.
But the recruiter kept insisting on me – so okay, I could be wrong here? Ed – just keep an open mind.
So anyway, I rock up at the interview and it was clear in the first 3 minutes that this job wasn’t for me. So anyway, I continue talking to the client and they started just becoming very rude and harsh with me. I quite realized that this wasn’t going anywhere, so I simply asked “Look, you don’t seem to be too thrilled with me – Can I ask what your concerns are?”.
The client then replied “Oh, we are just keeping their options open”. The client then started asking me quite personal questions about my business and personal life. Although I have no problem in answering these, the complete process from the Recruiter to Client was strange to me.
The client then got very rude with me and started winding things up and then turned it on me asking “Do you have any questions as we are very busy?”. I then a second time, went to excuse myself and said “Well, it looks like you are busy – so I won’t keep you”.
So then the client replies “No it’s okay ask away” after really being rude with me.
It was a very strange experience, no-one listened to me when I said it wasn’t me. In fact, my resume clearly stated exactly who I am – and still to this day I wonder why they even bothered to talk to me?
Having been a hiring boss and also the poor candidate looking for work – I found it was really bad form. It appeared they didn’t even read my resume and for whatever reason, they completely ignored my protests.
After thinking it through, I had a sneaking suspicion that the Recruiter just wanted me there as a “Filler”. Either that or they are completely daffy! A good lesson here is an old cliche “Time in Money!”. Just ask for what you want and don’t mess around I say!