I made a critical mistake following my first placement. For whatever reason, I failed to communicate with the candidate during his initial week on the job.
By the time I called him on the second Monday, he had already left and gone back to his old company. He might have quit regardless of whether I stayed in touch, but I’ll never know for sure.
Later, I came to realize that all placements are tenuous in the beginning. Not only is it human nature to feel some degree of buyer’s remorse, there are a multitude of distractions that can ratchet up the candidate’s level of stress. And when you factor in all the things that can go wrong or get lost in translation, it’s surprising more candidates don’t pack it in during their first week on the job.
Moral Support and Intervention
To protect your hard-earned placement—and the good faith the candidate and the new employer have invested in each other—it makes sense to stay involved. Here are just a few of the strategies I’ve used to lend a helping hand:
First-week problems typically result from a lack of task clarity. In other words, the candidate might misunderstand—or the supervisor might fail to effectively communicate—exactly what the candidate’s priorities are.
When people have never worked together, it often takes a while for everyone to get their bearings. Fortunately, I’ve been able to save several placements that were starting to unravel during the shake-out period.
As recruiters, we’re naturally inclined to look ahead to our next placement—and our next. I’ve found, though, that recruiting is like politics, in that you always need to keep your eye on the ball. If you begin to think too far beyond the next election, there may not be a next election.
- Bill Radin
Bill Radin is a top-producing recruiter whose innovative books, tapes and training seminars have helped thousands of recruiting professionals and search consultants achieve peak performance and career satisfaction. Bill’s extensive experience makes him an ideal source of techniques, methods and ideas for rookies who want to master the fundamentals—or veterans ready to jump to a higher level of success.