Being in recruitment can be amazing – the buzz you get when making a deal, or genuinely making a difference to an individuals life will always be my favourite things when anyone asks me what do you love about your job.
However there are A LOT of things that leave me pulling my hair out in anger or frustration and i know I’m not alone. After thinking about this i decided to whip round the offices here at ITS and ask all the consultants (From a range of industries spanning Marine, Construction and Engineering) to see what they have found are the most frustrating things about working in recruitment. So here it is, our list of the most frustrating things about working in recruitment:
Candidates blindly applying for roles in hope, I understand the the motto “you never know” but applying for a role with none of the required criteria or transferable skills is only wasting your and my time.
Candidates not turning up for agreed Interviews, I know i speak on behalf of all recruiters when i say, if your not interested in a role that we have discussed with you, just say. There is no point dragging out the process just because you don’t want to say no to an opportunity, once again this is just a waste of time.
Candidates not starting a role once they have accepted, likewise with the position above, if you are not interested in a job, then please just say, letting it get to Interview is bad enough but accepting a role and then not starting is the next level of time wasters.
Candidates who use agencies to obtain a better offer from their existing company, this follows on nicely from the point above, I understand everyone has to look after themselves first and foremost, but i think there has to be a certain morale obligation, if you are just following the process of interviewing, getting an offer etc, whilst in the back of your mind knowing this is all just to go back to your existing company to demand more, please don’t.
Counter offers, now this is different from the point above, but only marginally, and this is that a candidate could be genuinely looking for a new role for a number of reasons like more money, better benefits etc, only to have their existing company offer them this at the end of the process, now there is not much that can be done for that. A good recruiter will view “counter offers” as part of the recruitment process and make sure they have a contingency plan in place to counter the counter offer.
Clients using agencies to “test the water”, again i understand the need to do this, companies want to see the calibre of candidates currently available on the market, however an agency could spend an unlimited amount of time and resources scouring the market and providing a fantastic candidate only for the client to turn round and say “sorry, after consideration we don’t feel the need to expand now” or something similar. Now again this doesn’t apply to all situations there are always genuine scenario’s.
Bad agencies or bad recruiters giving the industry a bad reputation, this is definitely one of my personal gripes, and we are not all like this i can assure you.
Now i want to add to this, the points above do not apply to everyone, of course not. Everyone, no matter what their job is, has things about the job they find frustrating and speaking to all the consultants here these seem to be the most common in recruitment.
I want to finish by saying no matter how frustrating i find all of the points above, they do not change how much i enjoy working in recruitment, speaking to new people everyday and hoping you can somehow make a difference to them personally will always keep me going and the good candidates massively out-way the bad.