"Margaret, I need another engineer in the Midlands to work on this new contract, it's all service work so let's say £14 per hour, cheers" said John.
Margaret hated the call for recruitment, it meant writing an engaging job advert, posting on the free job boards like Indeed and Jobmate, handling all the irrelevant applications and enquiries and then calling up potential applicants who simply couldn't remember which jobs they had applied for or better still just never answered the phone when she called them back. But most of all she hated the cold calls that the adverts would generate. Fifteen different recruiters all with that one wonderful ideal candidate, six job boards saying how they had cornered the market in attracting engineers in the Midlands and the local press asking her to "keep it local" and try their Thursday night jobs section. All in all a long winded nightmare of a job to do, that in all likelihood would lead to John barking at her "I need an engineer; we're behind on this service contract".
After two weeks of fielding calls and trying to get candidates to submit copies of their qualifications and proof of identity, both without success, Margaret spotted a CV on her emails, he did look right, and the cover notes written by the recruiter were engaging and well worded. Margaret replied, we'll see him next Tuesday at 10am please.
The interview was confirmed the following day and Margaret called John.
"John, great news we have a fantastic candidate booked in for next Tuesday, I'm sure he'll be suitable".
"Oh, Margaret I hired a guy this morning called Billy Jones, he starts in two weeks, I spoke to a recruiter the other week".
"Ohhh, okay John, I'll cancel this then, thanks"
Margaret then emailed the recruiter to cancel the interview. All done she thought no more recruitment for the short term. Then some three weeks later two invoices from two different recruitment agencies for the same Billy Jones, both claiming the recruitment introduction fee.
Sound familiar? Or at least some of it?
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