Why Is the Recruiter an Idiot?

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I am curious as to why companies have people who have no idea what a position does conduct 1st round telephone interviews? Makes the job hunting process even more frustrating.

There are two answers to this question: One nice and one not so nice. Let’s start with the answer that gives recruiters and companies the benefit of the doubt.

Why Is the Recruiter an Idiot?

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5 thoughts on “Why Is the Recruiter an Idiot?

  1. Forget the recruiter or HR rep for a moment; How about the idiot managers who don't know what they are looking for?

    I'm a trainer – not exactly a dime-a-dozen position at most organizations. So, unless they deal specifically with trainers all the time they really don't have a clue.

    Most of the interviews that I have been to I felt like sending them a bill afterwards for my consultation fee – that is to say they had no clue as to what to ask, nor how to interview for a trainer, nor what even makes a good trainer. Something that many admit up front. "Gee, we've never hired a trainer before, so we are not sure what to look for." So, I feel like I have spent the interview "educating" them on what makes a good trainer.

    How about the organization/hiring manager/HR rep/Recruiter/ all do their homework before wasting the job seekers time?

  2. Job seekers might do well to remember that, bad or good, recruiters are a gatekeeper into the company. More often than not, even if we don't know every detail of the day-to-day of every job, we do know the general characteristics the company values and are looking for that — you could say we're making sure YOU'RE not an idiot!

  3. Lets face it. HR people as a RULE are idiot savants at best. They are smart enough to know that they are NOT smart enough to actually contribute to any organization. SO, they created a safe haven for the dumb. They call that safe haven the HR department. Remember the MATRIX know your enemy and they are yours. HR people are robots. It is up to you to “fool” them into thinking that YOU are qualified. Now, if you actually ARE qualified, be careful. HR people do not like to be in the presence of greatness. Even if that greatness means you don’t think that you are great, but just know your stuff.

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