Last week I received several telephone calls and emails from candidates who had been interviewed for internal and external client jobs. They wanted feedback and I couldn’t give it to them!
Despite my many attempts to speak to line managers for some action, it was futile, nothing was given to me and I felt hopeless. I had to go back to the candidates and admit that our processes were stalling; but in an effective way. In other words, I had to fabricate.
But, I was a job seeker for over a year in Dubai. I didn’t get call backs, email responses and received only an occasional “sorry you were unsuccessful”. Now that I am sitting in the recruiter’s seat – I do not want to treat candidates the same way I was treated. Am I naïve? Will I get jaded and cold? Only if I carry on “fabricating”. So, I decided no more fabrications! Candidates deserve the truth.
I will tell them our process has stalled and to please carry on looking for an alternative job. I will tell them their test results were poor; or their English is not fluent enough. Yes – we will lose candidates and probably the best ones too but at the end of the day, I will be able to sleep at night. Best of all, the company reputation will not be jaded (hopefully).
So, I did that today and was enormously rewarded. Candidates wrote back to us saying “thank you for responding; thank you for the feedback; I appreciate your email”. WOW – that was the right way to go. Candidates happy, company happy and best of all, I am happy.
Do you want to hear the truth about your interview?
I would love to hear?
Till next time
As always love Honeybee xxxx