Evil HR Lady on "We’re in a Hiring Slowdown"

27 March 2008 at 5:11AM Leave a comment

I’ve not met the Evil HR Lady, but it looks like we’ve worked together. She just posted a perfect riff on what happens behind the scenes when the candidate is told “We’re in a Hiring Slowdown“. Here’s a short excerpt:

Here’s how the hiring process should go:

1. Manager decides there is a vacancy
2. Recruiter does what it takes to bring in several qualified candidates
3. Manager and friends interview candidates
4. Decision is made
5. New person accepts fabulous offer
6. Person starts job–total time, start to finish 4-6 weeks.

Here’s how it ends up going many times.

1. Manager decides that there is a vacancy.
2. Recruiter starts looking for qualified candidates.
3. Boss disagrees. “Even though Jane left, you can do the work without another headcount. I’m transferring your headcount over to Heidi’s department.
4. Recruiter sets up several appointments with qualified candidates
5. Manager says, “Ummm, I may be losing the headcount, but let’s interview anyway.”
6. Recruiter cringes, but goes forward.
7. First interviews happen
8. Boss finds out and is livid. Massive political nightmare ensues.

Check out her full posting for what happens with steps 9 through 22. The comments are good too.

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