She has the heart of a gambler
Kerry Packer, the richest man in Australia, died recently.
He was a noted gambler and, at his funeral, they played:
You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away and know when to run. ...
Now ev’ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin’.
Is knowin’ what to throw away and knowing what to keep
How, I wondered, does this apply in recruiting? Now I know.
Sara at the Hiring Revolution writes:
I recently submitted candidate Joe Shmoe to this company for a Director-level position.
The team fell in love with Mr. Shmoe and, after receiving glowing references, extended an attractive offer.
Joe told me he was interviewing with a sister company for a very similar position and wanted to hold out for just a day to see if they would extend him an offer as well.
Three days later, Mr. Shmoe had yet to make a decision. Opposing the team’s suggestion, the HR Director goes with her gut and rescinds the offer. The sister company does not make an offer either. Joe Shmoe is s!#^ out of luck.
Everyone has instincts. If you suddenly get a bad feeling about a candidate, and if the candidate starts acting a little sketchy or off-center, end the discussion.