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The Recruiter Asked Me ‘What’s Your Availability On Weekends?’

Source | Forbes.com  | Liz Ryan, CONTRIBUTOR

Dear Liz,

I know you collect bizarre job-interview stories, and I have one!

I used the feature on LinkedIn that lets recruiters know I’m interested in new job opportunities. That thing is magic!

I heard from three different recruiters within two weeks.

The first interview I had was not a good fit but the recruiter “Mark” and I agreed to keep in touch.

The second recruiter, “Amy,” had an opportunity that sounded interesting but it wouldn’t be a step up or a pay increase so I passed on it.

The third recruiter, “Rick,” contacted me about a job that sounded like a perfect fit and also pays twenty percent more than I’m earning now.

My first phone call with Rick went really well.
He invited me to meet him for coffee, and our coffee meeting was very promising too. Rick sent my resume to his client “ABC Corp.” and they scheduled me for an interview with their corporate recruiter.

The ABC Corp. recruiter, “Paula,” is a nice person but not very well-informed about the job I was interviewing for. She couldn’t answer any of my questions.

I asked her “What do you folks consider a full working day here?” because I have been burned before by companies that hire someone like me in a salaried position and then expect them to work until eight p.m. every night.

The third recruiter, “Rick,” contacted me about a job that sounded like a perfect fit and also pays twenty percent more than I’m earning now.

My first phone call with Rick went really well.
He invited me to meet him for coffee, and our coffee meeting was very promising too. Rick sent my resume to his client “ABC Corp.” and they scheduled me for an interview with their corporate recruiter.

The ABC Corp. recruiter, “Paula,” is a nice person but not very well-informed about the job I was interviewing for. She couldn’t answer any of my questions.

I asked her “What do you folks consider a full working day here?” because I have been burned before by companies that hire someone like me in a salaried position and then expect them to work until eight p.m. every night.

 She said “That question is on my list. It came from the department manager.”

 

Read on…

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