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10 Little White Lies EVERY Recruiter Tells

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We’ve found ourselves uttering at least one of these in our recruitment careers…

“Apologies, the hiring manager has been out of the office unexpectedly”

– he’s been avoiding me/totally forgot about you, and it’s taken me a week to corner him for feedback.

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“I’m afraid all my late afternoon slots are gone…”

– Dude, at 5:30pm I want to go home, I don’t want to interview you.

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“I’m so sorry, I put our phone call on my calendar for tomorrow instead of today…”

– I’m a dope and can’t read a calendar today.

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“I’ll discuss your CV with the Hiring Manager and let you know”

– You have zero chances of progressing in this process, but I can’t bring myself to crush all your hopes and dreams just yet.

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“Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, your email went straight into my spam folder”

– My inbox is a disaster and I’m only getting to emails I received 10 days ago now…

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“Do you want to have a quick chat?”

– I need a full 30-40 mins of your time and need you to be fully prepped for all the questions I have to ask you.

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“I’m really sorry, but we just don’t think that this role would be suitable for someone with your talents.”

– You’d be terrible at this job.

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“So, how much are you looking for?”

– Please God I hope we can afford you!

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“There’s a chance you might be made permanent.”

– We only hire contractors for this role, but we need you to work the whole 11 months of your contract…

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“No, I absolutely did not forget about you, I was out sick”

– I completely forgot about you.

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