There is an issue creeping in to a corner of the recruitment world that is causing me a lot of concern. It’s serious and if it doesn’t improve I am not sure if recruitment will be for me anymore.
Candidates have become very lazy with their excuses. And it is boring!
One of the real joys of being a recruiter used to be the bizarre and creative excuses that candidates would give. Whether they were backing out of an interview, trying to explain away something on their CV, why they had to suddenly leave a role you had placed them in or some other scenario that prompted a fantastic work of fiction.
“Well Luke, you see what happened was that I was on my way to the interview and my heel broke, so I had to pop in to a shoe shop, and it got held up by robbers” …..crime and suspense….I like it
“I had to leave the role because there was someone who worked there that I had an affair with a few years ago” …. saucy…do tell more
“I can’t provide a reference because my previous work was top secret and no one is allowed to talk about it” ….oooo… a spy…very John le Carre
All true stories… I keep a little book of brilliant excuses that I intend to publish one day as a best seller and retire on.
But nowadays I seem to just get the tired, old boring excuses…my car broke down, I’m not feeling well, my Grandma died (there has been a lot of elderly deaths in Melbourne recently by the looks of it!), the dog ate my CV…..
Come on people. If you are going to make up an excuse, make a bit of effort with it. I’m probably not going to believe you anyway, and you probably know that, so if we are going to go through this little dance lets at least have a bit of fun with it.
Love to hear some of the great excuses you have received as a recruiter ….or given yourself. If they are good enough I’ll put them in my book!