Despicable Behavior

Despicable Behavior

Some people love to tell stories of dumb things candidates do. Some people love to collect idiotic phrases from cover letters. Some people love to dwell on the details of why someone gave a terrible interview.

I detest that behavior.  Our candidates are people to be respected and served. Your candidates are potential employees, referral sources, customers, or donors.

The minute you allow petty story telling about the people you serve, you have stopped serving them and started down a slippery slope of condescension and arrogance.

I once worked in a staffing firm that had a policy of firing anyone who told a joke at the expense of a candidate. Zero tolerance. Fired on the first offense. If you want to improve your candidate experience and your hiring results, implement that policy first.

Bob Corlett is the founder and President of Staffing Advisors. He’s been named as one of the 100 most influential people in staffing, is a nationally syndicated weekly writer for the American Cities Business Journals and is a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board for The HR Examiner. Bob is a frequent speaker at meetings of the Society for Human Resources Management. Thousands of hiring executives read his monthly newsletter, and the Resource Center on this site contains hundreds of his articles on innovation, staffing, leadership and performance management. Bob has worked in the staffing industry since 1989, starting Staffing Advisors in 2002.