Series: Recruiters Behaving Badly
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Recruiters Behaving Badly I: Are You Out Of Funding

This is the first edition of “Recruiters Behaving Badly” and you can read about why this has come about by clicking

Note that I have redacted (ALL CAPS) all contact info or anything that may reveal the parties involved.

This story comes from a Minnesota startup I know well… the CEO has had no interaction with the search firm or recruiter until this first email:

RECRUITER to CEO

Hi CEO,

XXXXX is a candidate for your XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX position.

Please reply and let me know or simply visit your CLIENT ACCOUNT LOGIN to setup the interview:

Candidate: XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX
Status: Authorized to work in the U.S. - U.S. Citizen
Desired salary range: open. Entry Level
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Education: Bachelor's

Thank you,
RECRUITER

CEO reply to RECRUITER that day:

Please don't send any resumes at this time. Thanks.

The next day… RECRUITER to CEO:

Hi CEO,

XXXXXX is a candidate for your XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX position.

Please reply and let me know or simply visit your CLIENT ACCOUNT LOGIN to setup the interview:

Candidate: XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Status: Authorized to work in the U.S. - U.S. Citizen
Desired salary range: $$$
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Education: Bachelor's

CANDIDATE SKILL SET REMOVED

XXXXX is available to interview anytime on NEXT DAY. What time works for you?

Thank you,
RECRUITER

CEO reply to RECRUITER that day:

Again, Please stop sending me resumes. I'm not interested. Thanks.

RECRUITER reply to CEO that day:

Are you guys having funding issues? It’s hard to find these folks.

Hold on a moment while I try to contain myself…

Who does that?

I get what the recruiter is trying to do.

They have a couple of candidates that “fit” a job description they have seen online and they are shopping the candidates around.

The executive search firm folks will see this as MPC, Most Placeable Candidate.

We call/email a bunch of companies and pitch a candidate (with their permission) and see if we can pick up a quick placement and/or new client. There’s more to it than that but for this post that’s good enough.

If that is what “Recruiter” was doing… bad form dude.

I wonder if “CEO” was offended. Well, since they sent me the conversation we know the answer to be yes.

Advice: if you are going to make a MPC play you may want to do some research on who you are pitching too.

You want to know if they are hiring in general… hiring that particular skill set… and that type of experience.

And to ask if they are having funding issues…

You just proved you know nothing about the company, their business and that they just hired some folks and are onboarding them before adding more.

 
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