Samantha Lacey, a recruiter, writes Do candidates expect too much?
She talks about one job seeker (aka, candidate) who just about had a job until he declined the type of BMW the company was going to give him, instead asking for a different model. Then everything fell apart, and the recruiter looked really bad. Many parties were frustrated.
She also talks about a GenY recent grad who wanted a salary that would have been more appropriate if the candidate had 5 years of experience.
Recruiters are saying “geez, people! Look at reality! This is a job … supposedly, a perfect match for you, based on what you’ve told me! Why are you ruining it?”
Job seekers seem… entitled.
I can see it from that side, for sure.
But I can also see if from the job seeker’s side.
The company and position I left was not a good fit for me. The job search was long and arduous.
I wanted it to end, and to jump back into the workforce.
HOWEVER, I had matured a bit, and knew that I didn’t want what I had before.
What I had before had been stressful enough to put in on an urgent care bed, hooked up to see if I was having a heart attack (turned out to be an ulcer).
I, as a job seeker, could CHOOSE to not put myself in that position again.
And I was definitely choosing to not take the crap, or be in a bad environment, or to make concessions.
I knew what I wanted, and I DEFINITELY knew what I didn’t want.
So while I see the recruiter’s perspective, and understand that that recruiter probably black-balled the candidate, I can totally see the candidate’s perspective to walk away from something that seemed perfect… but something just wasn’t right.
Have you ever done this? Would you ever do this?