Time to finish the Bad Recruiter Series story! The writing has slacked off due to focusing on finding employment and interning. The last post ended with my post-interview glow. I felt that I was in the top running but little did my naive self know what was to come.
Here we go….
The next day I called Cowboy to get an update. I was anxious to get feedback and start working again. By this time I was into month 8 of unemployment. “We got feedback and the client has decided to pass, ” said Cowboy. Oh. Really? “Okay. Can you tell me why they decided to pass?”, I replied.
The recruiter “allegedly” was told that I didn’t know Excel, was unclear in regards to my tech marketing role and that I had little to no experience in a particular software platform. Come again? As he’s going through this list, it started to sound as if two different interviews happened. I remembered everything that I told each interviewer. It was at this moment that I lost my cool. Yup, I lost it. It dawned on me that this whole interview process became a big. waste. of. my. fucking. TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In my field there is a “special” search engine certification that’s required by many agencies that are looking for digital experience. Regardless that I have years of experience, not having this certification is 1 strike against me.
“Did they get me confused with another candidate?”, I asked. Seriously, the feedback I was hearing did not sound like the same interview. Cowboy wondered the same thing. Remember, by the time I had my in-person interview, I had at least 3 phone interviews and everyone liked what they heard. “The manager thought you were a great fit for the team, but unfortunately, he couldn’t make the final decision over the team. It had to be a team choice, ” he replied.
Cowboy told me that he would call back the client (bullshit) to see if there was a mistake. Once I let off some steam during my workout, I e-mailed Cowboy, thanked him for his “help” and told him that if it was meant to be, it would be meant to be. As time went on, something didn’t sit right with me. I’ve let job rejections go, but this one just did not seem right.
Researchers say that when you become unemployed, you go through 5 stages just like the grieving process. I was at Stage 3 – Anger. For days, I let the rejection linger in my brain. That interview was a freakin’ dog and pony show. Wasted my time. I vented to close friends and fam who were hoping for a great outcome. The interview became a date gone bad without me knowing it.
I reached out to various career advice bloggers and the one who put the bullet in the gun for me was blogger Ji Hyun Lee of Politics in The Workplace. She advised me to contact my former employer in regards to what they are allowed to say to prospective employers. Depending on your state law, companies can only confirm dates of employment. If anything negative said is untrue, that could be grounds to sue. Read the Rumors post for more news at 11.
I am the type that’s comfortable with confrontation. In order to move forward and get over it, I e-mailed the hiring manager to thank him for the interview but also voice a concern that was irking me – see Rumors.
Aw, shiiittttttttttttttttt! The hiring manager responded ASAP and stressed that what I heard in regards to – see Rumors post - was untrue and he would NEVER do something like that. He apologized for what happened and wished me the best. At least he was honest.
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Gut instinct never fails you. If you think you smell bullshit, most likely you are smelling the stench of dung. This was the moment I decided that 3rd-party recruiters were not for me. The experience left a bad memory and I knew I could not trust this recruitment firm.
I immediately e-mailed the firm owner and requested that they no longer keep my information in their database. I proceeded to shame them (yes I cc’ed the team) for their shadiness. They were the ones that contacted me and they also proved my theory about recruiters.
Cowboy had to have the last word. A long rambling message was left on my VM and then he e-mailed me repeating the same information in the voicemail. The irony is that he provided me job board links such as Indeed.com and Monster to help with my job search. Dude, seriously? I’ve been using the Internet since 1995. No longer wanting to engage in his verbal non-sense, I firmly requested that my information should be removed and to never contact me again. I never had the chance to meet Cowboy in person but his Facebook picture tells me that he’s a royal touche (douchebag + tool).
After this incident, I purged every single recruiter from my contact list. Once I purged, I no longer cared if recruiters contacted me.
What’s the moral story to the Bad Recruiters series? There’s a lesson learned behind every disappointment. Stay tuned!