Monday, June 16, 2014

No room for rude.

Consider every contact regarding a potential new role a part of the interview process.  Manners and courtesy will always work in your favor.   There is no contact that does not have a potential impact on whether you are hired.

1.       The first email from an agency like Apparel Resource or a Corporate Recruiter.  Even if you have no intention of leaving your current role a polite response saying you are happy in your role but appreciate the contact is the best way to have a great network should your situation change.

2.       The first call from an agency like Apparel Resource.  I have had candidates forget the scheduled call and then speak in a rude tones because they don’t have time for the call they forgot about.  I have had candidates act offended that I need to actually “interview” them because I am not the employer.  I have had candidates treat the initial interview very casually as an afterthought doing other things while talking with me.  Make no mistake, when you are speaking with an agency about potential job options they are pre-screening you for their clients. 

3.       The Coordinator or Administrator that contacts you to arrange your interview and travel if it is required.  These people are very often asked how the candidates interact with them.  Courteous, prompt responses and flexibility will be passed along as positive feedback.

4.        The Receptionist at the front desk.  A receptionist once at one of our business partners told me, “Candidates from Apparel Resource are always so polite.” She told me about one candidate (not through our agency) that was very rude about wearing a guest nametag that was required.  He was condescending and argued with the receptionist who was only doing her job. The candidate interviewed very well but the receptionist shared her experience with the candidate to the hiring team and they passed on him.

5.       The Coordinator who walks you from one interviewer to another.  Feedback is often informally solicited from these folks. 

6.       Tour Guides. We have a client that gives candidates a tour of their campus. This tour is often given by HR interns or administrative assistants.   The President of the hiring company often asked how the candidate treated the employee who gave the tour.  Negative feedback would prevent the candidate from moving forward.  He and I were visiting about this practice and he said to me.  "We have no room for rude here.  I want to know how prospective employees are going to treat others day to day."

7.       Realtors.  Some employers refer candidates to local realtors who will show candidates the area if relocation is involved.  Whether informally or formally their opinion of candidates can make it back to the company and have an impact on whether to hire or not. 

Have you ever seen a candidate change their behavior based on who they were with?  The golden rule always applies.  Treat others the way you would like to be treated.  That means everyone!
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