Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote about a bad experience I had with a recruiter who was cold calling me about a role I had open. Multiple phone calls, changing numbers, no voice mails. Over and over.
Last week, I had three recruiters from the same firm call me. No big deal, right?
Well, they called 12 times in 15 minutes. From four different numbers: office, cell, different cell. 1
No voice mails. They then Linkedin messaged me three times in that same window.
And, the piéce de résistance, one of them then blind texted me.
I messaged them back on Linkedin and politely suggested I would never do business with them. One of them had the decency to apologize. One said, and I’m not kidding, that they would be that aggressive working to fill roles for me.
That’s not being a recruiter, that’s being an asshole.
This used to be a good firm. I worked with recruiters there in the past. I won’t any more. They clearly run something that’s closer to a boiler room/sales shop than a recruiting firm. If that’s how they treat me, as a potential client, why would I ever trust them to bring me quality candidates?
There’s enough good recruiters out there that I can afford to never work with these folks 2
I assume this is some sort of sales technique. You don’t leave a voice mail because I might call back? You call from different numbers because you’re hoping I’m dumb enough to answer? It’s a straight douchebag move. ↩
Meanwhile, others in their firm have taken right up where the first three or four left off. Calls every day. I just keep blocking them. ↩