Is It Just Bad Manners?

Is It Just Bad Manners?

Recruiters are always being criticised for their response rates. Unanswered calls, emails and applications stuck in Limbo seem to be the rule rather than the exception and that makes me sad.

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Yet it’s getting universally worse on all fronts.

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The number of candidates applying and then never returning emails or telephone calls is phenomenal, the number of interview no-shows or last minute pull outs also on the up.

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If an unanswered email application is rude, what do you call it when a candidate attends two interviews, gives a presentation to a group of people, completes a case study and still hears no feedback from the company for over three weeks?

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Lack of client control doesn’t quite cover it.

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It’s so frustrating that I looked up the definition of ‘manners’ on Wikipedia:

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“In sociology, manners are the unenforced standards of conduct which demonstrate that a person is proper, polite, and refined. They are like laws in that they codify or set a standard for human behaviour, but they are unlike laws in that there is no formal system for punishing transgressions, the main informal “punishment” being social disapproval. They are a kind of norm. What is considered “mannerly” is highly susceptible to change with time, geographical location, social stratum, occasion, and other factors.

The second part interested me the most. Has it gone so far that it’s not considered unacceptable anymore? Am I as bad as the future mother in law, whose email went viral this month containing her overbearing criticism of the future bride’s unacceptable social behaviour?

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If you didn’t get to read it, it really is worth a look. It may cheer you up whilst you wait for someone to get back to you?

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Photo Credit

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Sarah Cooper has over 14 years Recruitment experience gained in both an internal and agency environment. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy Ltd, specialist Finance and HR Recruiters, she is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow her tweets @approachmarket

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