The thread reminded me of some recruiting truths:
- Speed is the boss criteria by which recruiters are judged; a speedy process is thought to be a good process
- Candidates do not necessarily separate the sins of the hiring managers from the sins of the recruiters; the process must be flawless on all sides
- Don't call engineers at their desks; they think we are stupid when we call them at work. They pretty much hate telephones.
- They don't understand why we ask for referrals. Said one engineer, "I'd kill you with a spoon if you ever gave a recruiter my contact info." (Later on in the thread they agreed that it would be OK to pass along the recruiter's info to a friend who needed job search help.) This is particular to engineers, I think. I have rarely had candidates in other fields refuse to give up the goods.
That was the worst of it. The conversation quickly turned to the nature and logic of spoon-beatings.