Crazy Recruiting Stories: Cattle Drives, Sheep Shearing, and Hostages

Last week, I put out a call for your craziest recruiting stories . . . and you responded.  I received a bunch of emails from Preferred Member recruiters, all of them containing crazy recruiting stories from either this past year or from some point during their career.

As promised, we’ll be publishing these stories in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog (as well as in the Recruiter Training Blog).  Why?  Well, for one thing, they’re crazy!  Which, of course, makes them entertaining.  And second, all recruiters everywhere take comfort in the knowledge that things like this don’t ONLY happen to them.  There’s plenty of craziness to go around.

This week’s crazy recruiting story—stories, actually—were emailed to us by Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter Stacy Pursell of The Pursell Group, LLC.  Those stories are as follows:

“I have many crazy recruiting stories, including one time I had to wait for a candidate to begin his new position a month after he accepted the offer because he had to go on a cattle drive.  With another candidate, I had to find stables to board her horses in New Jersey before she would take the offer.  One time, another candidate would only consider the opportunity if we could find his son fencing lessons in the new city where the job was.”

“Recently I had to wait for a candidate to take his sheep to another state to get sheared and to be sold before he was available for an interview.  Lastly, I recently had a candidate accept a counter-offer because his current employer held him hostage for a week in one part of their building and threatened him with legal action if he left for a competitor.  Never a dull moment in recruiting!”

Remember, there are three ways you can submit your “Craziest Recruiting Story”:

  1. You can email your story to
  2. You can post the story by including it in the comments section at the end of this blog.
  3. You can give me a call and relay your story to me.
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