I’ve done recruiting. Granted, it wasn’t on a grand scale and mostly I was recruiting bank tellers. (Are you going to steal from us? No? You’ll take $8.47 per hour? Excellent. When can you start?) It’s a necessary role in HR, but it’s not the only role. But mention you’re in HR and people assume you are a recruiter. Which I’m not.
Many years ago, when I was looking for my very first job out of grad school (and, therefore, stupid) I interviewed with a nice company. Seemed like a great place to work. They did market research and I was applying for a job as a statistical analyst. (This is before I became Evil HR Lady. At that point I was just Evil Unemployed Living Off My Generous Parents Lady.)
The first round of interviews went well. The second round of interviews went (I thought) well. (That’s right, I interviewed with multiple people each time.) At the end of the second interview, they handed me a data file and told me to go home, analyze it and send back my analysis.
So, I did. I worked hard on that. I wanted this job. I did some great data analysis and I e-mailed it off to them.
3 weeks later I get a standard post card in the mail. “We’ve received your resume and will keep it on file for 12 months. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Lame.
I have no problem with doing this for resumes received. I know my current company receives over 1,000 resumes a day, so they must do that. That’s fine. But when someone has come in twice AND done a data analysis for you, you should call and tell them the position has been filled, or at the very least, send a personalized e-mail.
I had forgotten about this experience until a friend interviewed with the same company. Now, I was young and stupid. This friend is anything but. (Not saying that she’s old–oh dear, I may have stuck my foot in my mouth.) What I mean is that she’s experienced. She’s been in executive roles. She has a PhD. This is not some twit out of school.
So she had multiple interviews. They asked her to come in and do a training class for their executive team–as part of the interview. So she did. And that was that.
They got some free data analysis off me and a free executive seminar off her. And that is why I don’t like recuiters. Have the decency to follow up with anybody you bring in for an interview. And don’t leech off your candidates. Sure, it’s reasonable to want to view how someone trains, but you have two or three people view it, not the entire team. That’s just cheap and tacky. Pay for your own training. And call people back.