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Recruitment …or is it dating?

Have you seen the advert where the guy is at a bar sitting with a hippopotamus?

It’s for a dating agency that is saying that their choice of future partner for you – is more selective than ‘other’ agencies and will give you a perfect match (not a hippo)…

I’ve been thinking recently that recruitment companies need to take a bit of a leaf out of this companies book. Recent interviews that I have undertaken have been a total waste of time, yet the word from the ‘agency’ was that these candidates were ‘perfect’ and would be a ‘great fit within the role advertised’.

Reality was a little different.

The first admin applicant told me she was returning to work after spending the ‘payout’ she received from suing her last employer for wrongful dismissal’…

The second applicant told me she was suing a recent temporary employer because she slipped when in the reception area.

The third interview was for the role of receptionist and she had a speech impediment.

The fourth interviewee was so breathless from climbing the stairs that she needed a rest once she had wedged her way into her seat. She then fumbled for a cigarette whilst I pointed to the no smoking sign.

The fifth interview looked hopeful until I told her there was some need for her to dispense with petty cash – when I looked up she was leaving stating… ‘I’m not allowed to deal with money…’

The sixth person didn’t turn up.

The seventh was half an hour late.

The eighth couldn’t speak English.

Each of these interviews required me to be diligent and professional and each had the requisite time spent on them – yet each one was dismissed in my head almost before they had finished sitting down.

Waste of a day.

Waste of their time and a complete waste of mine.

Recruitment agency – bullshit – you’ve just got a list of unemployed people.

Mike C