Don’t Let Job Hunting Become a Power Struggle

Like many people, when I need to schedule a meeting, I use an electronic tool that tells people my availability and lets them match theirs. I use Calendly, but there are many others out there. It seems to me like pretty much everyone else does as well.

It doesn’t matter to me whether I send you the Calendly link or you send me one–anything to save the ridiculous back and forth! So, I was surprised when yesterday, I encountered two different recruiters with scheduling difficulties brought on by candidates behaving in unexpected ways.

The first, a tech recruiter, became frustrated when she asked for a candidate’s availability, and the candidate responded with his Calendly link. The second came from a question on my Inc. colleague Alison Green’s Ask a Manager Blog, where candidates were simply telling the recruiter that they could meet at X time.

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5 thoughts on “Don’t Let Job Hunting Become a Power Struggle

  1. Well based on the work outside the box tactic, what is the resolution for those people who are most productive outside of what is considered normal business hours? Are there interview/ calendar tactics for those kinds of scheduling moves? Unless your business is constantly productive (in the office type job fields) 24/7. Most businesses require things to happen within the “business hours”. For this kind of scheduling juggling, there are still going to be limitations. But allowing choices for the schedule is one step forward to getting at least the initial meetings.

  2. How about just picking up the phone and calling candidates to schedule their interviews?

    1. That requires people to pick up the phone – or be able to. My schedule isn’t nearly so pack with meetings as some, but the odds of someone catching me when I both have time to talk and have access to my full calendar are slim. And I have an office with a door, so I don’t have to worry about someone hearing me talk to a recruiter.

      1. Agreed. I spend a lot of time on the phone and trying to schedule meetings at times agreeable to several parties. Trying to do so through email — or other less-direct, digital, means — can be a total pain in the neck, with all the back-and-forth required. You can accomplish much in a short phone conversation, that would take much longer being handled via multiple messages. That being said, electronic communications can be invaluable for communicating with those not readily available during normal business hours.

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