Presenting Steve Kohn’s ‘Crazy Recruiting Story of the Week’

Many recruiters have submitted their craziest recruiting story ever—but some have gone so far as to submit more than one crazy recruiting story.  One such recruiter is Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search, who submitted three gems to us via email.  Rather than try to cram them all into one blog post, we’re going to space them out for your enjoyment.

So enjoy . . . and pray this doesn’t happen to you.

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Steve Kohn“I had a client who was seeking a National Sales Manager.  They are a timer manufacturer.  The VP said he wants someone who:

  • had 10 years of sales management experience
  • had knowledge of time clock distribution channels
  • was married
  • was in his 30s
  • had children
  • was Italian

I told him that I could only use the first two criteria and that was all I would use.

So, I conducted the search and found that the NSM of their main competitor was available.  He was also 32 years old, married with two children, local, and Italian!

I present the candidate.  Phone interview is great. He goes a face to face interview.  Comes out saying it went great.  I call the VP thinking we’re about to close, and he tells me “John was fantastic, and you did a great job.  It’s too bad we can’t hire him.”

Stupefied, I said “WHY NOT?”

He said “during the conversations we realized that we’re cousins.  I can’t him because he’s a relative.  That would be nepotism.  It’s unethical.”

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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 also on “Top Echelon TV.”

Bring on the “Crazy.”  We’re ready for it.

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