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As a Corporate Recruiter my job is to make sure that I assist in finding the best candidate for our open positions, simple right?  It really, truly is – simple that is.  But that doesn’t mean that little ol’ me isn’t going to do my absolute best to make it complicated.  No doubt I pride myself on understanding my hiring manager’s needs, asking tough questions and pushing them just a bit harder than they would probably like, but the simple fact is that sometimes they are going to see candidates that they are going to take a pass on.  In fact, some managers NEED to see a longer list of candidates to choose from than I would like.

What this means for me is that once I’ve invested myself in a candidate, qualified them well and presented them to my hiring manager, I really and truly care about the outcome.  Not because it looks good against my numbers to have a position filled quickly, or because it shows off my marvelous sourcing and pipelining skills, but because I feel a great deal of sympathy for my candidates.  I know when they talk to me it’s a big decision to consider a new position.  It’s my job to get them excited.  To help them to understand the facets of the decision to consider joining us.  And, unfortunately, sometimes it’s my job to knock over the house of cards after I’ve carefully set it up.

I suppose I could take a page out of Simon Cowell’s book (sorry for the Idol reference!) and just be blunt, “it’s a no”.  Even with a direct approach, which I discovered very early on is the only way, it’s difficult not to feel for candidates when I make that call.  I imagine this is something that isn’t going to change for me, that I’m never going to get used to it, and in fact I really hope it doesn’t.  I really just makes me human, right?

In any case, if I had to choose a part of my job that was my least favorite, making the “we’re passing” call would have to be it.

I wonder how the candidates perceive this…?  Am I helping or hurting in my carefully executed delivery of bad news?  Has anyone ever asked them?

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