Recruited Refuted

, , , , | Working | July 24, 2018

(I just got out of the military, and as I have a college degree, the VA is not much help; their mission is to send soldiers to school or place them in an apprenticeship program. I get head-hunted by several recruiting firms, but they all turn out to be very shady, some outright scams. My church holds a job fair where I meet a woman at a recruiting firm that is legit, and I go to speak with her. After a week, I start getting interviews and I go to one for a warehouse manager position.)

Interviewer: “Okay, well, it looks like you did very well in the military, and I can see you have organizational experience. But even though it’s a manager position, you’ll be lifting and doing heavy work, and we may ask you to help out on some supply deliveries when they come in. We’re a small company, so we work together.”

Me: “I understand, and I am flexible in my duties. Also, heavy lifting is not a problem for me.”

Interviewer: “Well, I must admit, you’re the best candidate so far. We do have others to interview, but we’ll make our decision by Friday. As you came in through a recruiter, we cannot directly call you. We’ll contact the recruiter and she’ll tell you by Friday afternoon.”

Me: “Yes, ma’am, thank you.”

(I call the recruiter and tell her the good news. She is happy for me and says she will call me with their decision, yes or no, on Friday. The day comes, and I am waiting by the phone. She is supposed to reach me by two pm. The hour comes and goes, and I’m getting worried.)

Me: *on phone* “Hi. I don’t mean to bother you, but you said you’d call with an answer by two, and it’s now three-thirty. Did they make their decision yet? Please let me know.”

(I hear nothing. I call and leave messages, and send emails and texts, but still no answer. By the following Tuesday, I’m so stressed, I call the company.)

Me: “Hi. I know you wanted to contact me through the recruiter, but she isn’t returning my calls or emails, and I never heard a yes or no from her on the subject.”

Interviewer: “Yes, we called and left a message, saying we wanted you, but she never called back. And I’m afraid that since we had no reply and we had to fill the position ASAP, we went ahead and hired the next in line. I’m so sorry.”

Me: “I understand; this is not your fault. Thank you for your time.”

(I never hear back from the recruiter, and she never contacts me about other interviews or jobs. Fast-forward two years. I have a job where I am making good money, love my work and my coworkers, and am doing pretty well. One day, I get an email, and I recognize the name as the recruiter who ghosted me. Said email reads:)

Recruiter: “Hi, my name is [Recruiter] with [Firm]. After review of your resume, I would like to invite you in for an interview regarding [job] available in your area. I do have availability to schedule an interview for you on [date and time]. Please confirm if this day/time will allow you to meet with me by responding to this email to receive a confirmation email with full details.”

(Keep in mind, it had been TWO YEARS since I’d heard from this woman, who lost me a job opportunity and cut me off when I needed help. The email was also full of misspellings. I managed to keep my rage in and did not respond to the email, but if she tries this a second time, you can bet I will send her a very wrathful response.)

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