Preferred Member Involved in a Game of ‘Recruiters and Indians’

We’ve had more than our fair share of “Crazy Recruiting Stories” that revolve around the actions of candidates . . . and there will most certainly be more such stories in the future.  In the meantime, though, here’s one in the present.

This week’s tale was submitted by a Preferred Member recruiter.  The story just goes to show—once again—that you never know what’s going to happen when you schedule a face-to-face interview for a candidate.

Remember, if you have a crazy recruiting story that you believe would be suitable for The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, then by all means, tell it to us (see below).  We may publish your story in the newsletter, and it might even be named “The Craziest Recruiting Story of 2011.”

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When I was a HR manager with a division of the Jervis B. Webb Company (a control engineering company in Harbor Springs, Mich.), I had advertised for an engineer with a B.S. degree and mechanical engineering and metals design experience.

A guy walks into the lobby, and I get a call from the receptionist.  She says, “Mr. Gregg, you need to come to the lobby.  Your engineering candidate is here.”  I told her to just send him back to my office.  She replies, in a whispered voice, “No, I think you need to come to the lobby first.”

Somewhat agitated, I walk out to the lobby and there stands a tall Indian, dressed in a full Indian outfit, with large feathers, moccasins, and war paint on his face!  Wow!  I looked at him for a moment and said, “You’re not dressed appropriately for a professional interview and will need to re-schedule and come back later.”

He hands me a card and says, “You’ll be hearing from my attorney.”  (I knew I was being set up.)  I handed him a corporate business card and said, “Just send it to my corporate attorney, and for what it’s worth, if we get sued, you get counter-sued.”

He left, and I never heard anymore about it.  Whew!

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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.

The deadline for submitting your “Craziest Recruiting Story of 2011” is midnight on Saturday, December 31.  We’ll announce the winner during the first part of January in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog and the Recruiter Training Blog.

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