Please, Don't Ignore Us
One minute you're laughing and joking, finding out what they want from your relationship; the next minute, nothing. It sounds like a bad dating story but sadly this is what happens to a recruiter on a regular basis. I know recruitment consultants have the reputation of being the devil's spawn, unsympathetic and thick-skinned but even we get tired of being ignored.
We appreciate that when you first saw the role, you were excited; the anticipation of something new was overwhelming. You went head first and emailed your CV over in an outbreak of excitement. An hour or a day later, you've taken another look at the job spec. You or the company have gotten cold feet. This happens. Maybe it's not the best time for you to make a move. Perhaps you've realised it's not quite the industry or company you'd like to join. Maybe you got another offer from a different company or maybe even a promotion in your current role. After all, taking a new job is a big change; it's a commitment which will usually last a minimum of 1 year. We understand.
Don't ask for a 'rain check' if you don't mean it
I know it seems like a nicer way to let us down but if you don't have any intention to meet with us or our client again, please let us know. Things come up like last minute meetings, the flu or your car broke down. We know there are times that you may need to reschedule or postpone your interview but please, don't ask us to reschedule if you have no intention of ever seeing us again. Not only does this hurt us but your potential employer who is also left waiting, wondering...
Don't ignore us
You jumped into this relationship without thinking and now you're having second thoughts. You've decided it would be easier for the both of us if you simply remove yourself from the situation, you just haven't told the other half of this relationship. After all, you're just 'another candidate' and that we won't care. Wrong. Although recruiters get a bad rep a lot of the time, if you've been headhunted it's most likely that we spent hours or days searching for the 'one' person who has the right experience, skill set and would be a great cultural match for the company. We're just trying to unite clients and candidates. We need you. But, if you've decided that you no longer need or want us, its fine just please tell us.
Just say no
This is the most basic of advice I can give to candidates who have changed their mind about a role. Just tell your recruiter you're not interested and they'll stop hounding you. Three little words are all it takes: "I'm not interested". It's all we need to get closure and move on.