Frustrations in the Form of Fall-Offs and Counteroffers

Recruiting is full of frustrations. Anybody who’s been in the profession for longer than a day can tell you that.

However, there is a certain ebb and flow to these frustrations. Some appear in a certain market, while others are prevalent in a different market.

Right now, there’s no doubt that we’re in a candidates’ market. (Just ask any candidate, they’ll tell you.) So what’s been happening to members of Top Echelon’s recruiter network in this candidates’ market? I’m glad you asked.

We have a pair of Members’ Area poll questions to get to the bottom of this!

How many fall-offs have you experienced in the past 12 months?

The choice of answers that we provided is listed below, along with the percentage of split network recruiters that selected each one:

  • None! — 37.1%
  • One or two — 36.0%
  • Three or four — 16.9%
  • Five or six — 6.7%
  • Seven or eight — 0.0%
  • More than eight — 3.4%

And then on the heels of that question, we asked THIS one:

How many of your candidates have accepted a counteroffer in the past 12 months?

The choice of answers that we provided is listed below, along with the percentage of split fee recruiting network members that selected each one:

  • None! — 42.9%
  • One or two — 42.9%
  • Three or four — 7.9%
  • Five or six — 0.0%
  • Seven or eight — 0.0%
  • More than eight — 6.3%

Observations about frustrations

There’s actually plenty of good news with such dismal topics! That’s because quite a few recruiters have not had ANY fall-offs (37.1%) or counteroffer problems (42.9%) in the past 12 months.

In addition, a sizeable percentage of respondents only experienced “one or two” in each category. The distribution was 36.0% for fall-offs and 42.9% for counteroffers.

Now let’s swing around to the other end of the spectrum. There were recruiters who have experienced “more than eight” fall-offs and/or counteroffers during the past 12 months. They weren’t huge percentages, to be sure, at 3.4% and 6.3%, respectively. But they weren’t minuscule, either.

Then there’s the issue of which of the frustrations has been more prevalent. From that perspective, it appears as though fall-offs is the winner. (If you want to call it “winning.) Based upon the results of this poll, fall-offs happen more frequently than candidates accepting a counter-offer from their current employer.

But as far as which of these frustrations is more irritating to recruiters? That is perhaps a poll question for another time and place.

Looking to maximize your membership in Top Echelon’s recruiting network and make more split placements?

Then contact Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS. You can do so by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to

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