Recently, I was (remember that word) working with a very strong HCIT candidate on a search assignment. Everything was going well until we reached a point in the search when it was time for my candidate to meet my client – in person. Then – like magic my superstar disappeared. When I left messages for this (former) candidate of mine (by choice) none of my calls were returned. When I had my debrief call with my client on the interview, I had nothing to share. And, I mean absolutely nothing. This candidate, if hired, would probably be a “no-show”. I would put money on it!
This superstar had so much confidence (cocky) in “getting the offer” on the first date – a decision was made (apparently) that my services were no longer needed and flying solo was a better strategy. Bad move. Really bad move. My client had multiple questions and concerns about a number of things that were covered in the interview. My (former) candidate was simply clueless about how a search assignment works AND – had an inflated sense of self. After a week or so I finally received a return phone call from this genius who was shocked to find out that my client had decided to move on.
“Are you surprised?” “Really?”
If you are working with a search professional who contacts you regarding a search assignment – by all means don’t forget how you got to the dance. It’s not only bad form – it’s just plain unprofessional. Oh, I almost forgot. It’s actually really dumb. I will never work with this candidate (ever) again and doubt many search professionals will either. Then again – it probably doesn’t matter.
Nope. It doesn’t!