Terrifying recruitment stories. In 6 words!

I can tell you a story about recruitment that will make you shiver. Make you recoil in horror. And I can do it in six words.

Here are 20 such horror stories to get you screaming, blocking your ears, and running for the exit.

‘I will call you back. Promise’.
‘Can I just think about it?’
‘I just got a counter-offer’.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday
Your bonus threshold just went up.
My ‘under-offer’ candidate won’t return calls.
Source. Introduce. Manage. Negotiate. Placement. Counter-offer.
Yes! Must just check with wife.
Best Client. Third candidate ‘no-show’.
Placed candidate calls week after starting.
12-month temp job bomb-out.
Dead cert placement until… ‘internal candidate’.
Friday afternoon. Beer fridge is empty
9 am Temp start. 9.15 client calls
Margin calculation. Forgot all on-costs.
‘HR want to do psych testing first’.
‘What do you DO for your fee?
‘The job is now on hold’.
‘Your candidate is perfect! Anyone else?’
Hiring freeze ordered by US head-office.
‘I gave the order to 6 agencies’.

What about you? Do you have a recruitment horror story? Can you tell it in six words?
Bet you can.

Let’s have it then! In the comments below please.


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58 Responses to Terrifying recruitment stories. In 6 words!

  1. Helen March 4, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    governing body wants to conduct audit

  2. Alan December 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Vacancy has been open for months
    Other agencies are cheaper
    All you agencies are the same

  3. Balraj Kaur December 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    Just so real pictures of the recruitment world.

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