POOL OR THE POND: When Candidates Insist On Coming To The Office - But You Just Want a Phone Call...
You've been there if you recruit for a living or as part of your role.
You make contact with a candidate to set up a conversation. The candidate is really friendly, maybe even a little too frisky. He/she wants to come into the office to have a conversation - it's like they just got out of a sales/career seminar and have been told they need face to face conversations to break through the slump they're in related to finding a job.
You have more experience than that. You know that having them in before you determine whether they are a potential fit over the phone is a sucker's play.
Still they push to come in. You deflect and encourage them to take the phone call without dismissing them entirely.
I call this the "Pool or the Pond" moment from a classic scene with Billy Murray and Chevy Chase in Caddyshack (note, the aggressive candidate would be Carl, you are Ty - see diaglog below):
Carl: But, seriously, no b.s...if you ever want to rap or just get weird with somebody...You know...buddies.
Ty: I'll drop by. You drop by my place any time.
Carl: What's your address? You're on Briar, right?
Ty: Briar, yeah. Number 2.
Carl: Do you have a pool?
Ty: A pool and a pond. A pond would be good for you. Natural spring water.
Carl: Anything would be good.
The pool is what the candidate wants - a live visit to your office. The pond is what you want - a phone call to make sure you're not dealing with someone that can't do the job or fit what you need - before you have to offer them a Fresca and an hour of your life.
The pond would be good for you - Natural spring water and all...
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