Fast Track Recruitment

Bad News

Posted by Mitch on 14th September 2015


The most common gripe candidates have with recruiters is that they don’t get back to them.

Generally that means either being called by a recruiter about a potential new role and then hearing nothing, not getting a response to a job application or not getting any feedback after an interview.

But, in my experience, the single most common way a candidate lets a recruiter know that they’re not interested in a previously discussed job, is to not return phone calls or emails.

Which is ironic.

This isn’t an excuse to not give feedback to candidates. I’m just saying that it’s not a behavioural trait that’s exclusive to recruiters, that’s all.

I think we all have to just accept that most people don’t like delivering bad news and will avoid it wherever possible.

If you’re one of those recruiters that can and does deliver bad news with a degree of compassion and honesty, you’ll be remembered as one of those “good recruiters”.

Being good at it is a way of standing out from the crowd – especially if these are people you may want to talk to again.

People can be unreliable.

Welcome to recruitment.

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