Thing is, they recognize that, because they’re dealing with your career, they hold a lot of power. A call out of the blue from one of them can put you on top of the world. You may even get a meeting. But when you never hear from them again, it has about the same effect as realizing that the bloke you thought was The One was only ever a hook up.
To avoid giving yourself this experience, wise up and read between the lines. Here are 12 lies that recruiters love to tell, along with a translation of what they actually mean.
- We’ll be in touch. A ubiquitous lie, and whatever way it cuts, this really means, you’re not a fit.
- We’ll keep your details on file, if that’s okay. I know you’re flattered that I’m asking you. But you won’t actually hear from us again.
- We’ve had a few admin problems. Since you gave us your CV three months ago, we’ve pitched a short list to our client that we totally stuffed up and are now back at square one.
- You’ve got an impressive CV. But we’re not going anywhere with it.
- We’ll get back to you once we’ve formed a shortlist. You’re not on it.
- The client has changed their requirements. Since I promised you a place on the shortlist I’ve seen some better candidates and bumped you.
- I’m sure the client will want to talk to you. Some uncertainty about this job is afoot and having warmed you up for it I’m not about to risk looking like a dick by sharing the truth of what’s going on.
- The client is reorganizing and, just as soon as they’ve done so, we’ll come back to you. Don’t hold your breath. This job is about to disappear.
- They definitely want to move ahead, but there are some internal issues they need to resolve. There’s a political bun fight going on about the spec or the reporting line, which means the budget for it is in danger of being scrapped.
- You’re a bit too big for this job. You’re too old, too experienced, or too threatening for them. They want someone they can boss around and pay half of what you’re looking for.
- You’re clearly ahead of the pack. Having sold you in, I now need to make sure you stay engaged through to the next round of the process.
- There are certainly a few things we’ve got on the go at the moment that you’d be good for, but I just need to go back to my colleagues and check. Next time you call, if you get past my secretary, I’ll express surprise that none of my colleagues has ever followed up with you.)
What about you? What lies have you fallen foul of from recruiters? Are there any others than the ones above that you can think of?