As you read in my last post, I’ve been getting contacted by a lot of recruiters about potential jobs. Some of the recruiters are good, some of them… aren’t. This is part two of what happened with the recruiter I’m working with. I had interviews with the company today, and I liked everyone, and the job sounds great. I’m currently interviewing at more than one company right now, and this recruiter’s decorum has already put this company lower on my list, even though I really liked the company.
Here’s a snippet of the interview confirmation he sent me. The red lines marking out details and the blue numbers (see below) are added by me, but the highlighting and font sizes are all him (click on the image to enlarge).
1. Hi, I can read. I want to go to this interview, and I’m going to specifically be looking for things like where and when it is. You don’t need to make it size 16 font.
2. I tried. Some of them aren’t on LinkedIn, or if they are, have really common names and don’t have their profiles updated with their current positions.
3. Remember a few days ago when the hiring manager called me a job hopper? One thing that job hoppers may have an advantage of over other candidates is that we’ve been through a LOT of interviews. And in order to be a job hopper, you need to know how to interview well, how to dress at interviews, and you need to be someone who actually gets hired occasionally. I should say here that I don’t always wear suits at interviews. I’ve worked/interviewed at tech startups, and for those, I usually wear a skirt and nice shirt, maybe a blazer. It’s kind of awkward wearing a suit when the person interviewing you is wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops. But that being said- if I don’t know for sure that it’s a casual company, I wear a suit. All he needed to say here was “this company is conservative, so a formal suit would be appropriate.” There’s no need to be condescending and act like you wouldn’t expect me to dress appropriately. I know how to dress myself, and I know it’s important to show up on time. Believe it or not, I’ve done this before.
4. Oh, good idea. I was just going to wing it.
5. Um, eff off. Is that supposed to be inspirational or a threat? Again: I’ve successfully been hired before. I know how to act at an interview. Making the font bold, big, and highlighted doesn’t emphasize your point. It makes you look like an 11 year old. (Ironically, this interview is for a job that would require some email design skills…)
On top of all this, he also attached the email conversations he had had with the hiring manager, including the message defending my scandalous job-hopping ways. He changed it all to third person, except for one sentence: “If she hadn’t left my second job, she wouldn’t have learned how to edit HTML templates.” He also took out the sentence where I question why an employer would criticize someone for taking temp work while searching for the right job.
I understand that recruiters want to present the best candidates possible. It’s a reflection of their ability to assess the needs of the company and find the right candidates. And when they do find the right candidates, they make a commission off the hire. I get it. I know they want their candidates to do well. But it’s a HUGE turn-off to treat them like they’re children.
I’ve worked with other recruiters who are MUCH more tactful: They give as much info as they can about the company and the interviewers to help me succeed in the interview. They make clothing suggestions regarding the company’s culture, but don’t word it in such a way that sounds like they think I’m totally incapable of preparing for an interview. The really good recruiters actually meet with me in person, which I think is smart: they’re able to recommend someone they’ve actually met, so they can at least see that I’m a professional person who is capable of dressing myself and being ENGAGING! MATURE! ENTHUSIASTIC!
I don’t know if I’ll get an offer for this job or not (despite the recruiter, the interview went really well). I’ll definitely still consider working there, but I may have to have a word with the hiring manager about this recruiter. My other interviews this week also went really well, so I may have a big decision to make soon. I’m pretty excited about all three options, so this should get interesting.