My pal and FOT contributor, Tim Sackett, wrote a blog post called Sackett’s Top 10 Fast Food Foods Of All Time. It spoke to me. I’m not ashamed to say I love fast food. I’m smart enough to only consume small quantities, but damn it, I’m ‘merican.
- “Dawn, I’m just not feeling this one”
- “You know, I don’t like they had a misspelling on the resume”
- “This one has 2 years of experience, I really need at least 2.5 years”
- “Dawn, you know, we decided to change directions…”
- Or in fairness to all great hiring managers, “Dawn, you missed the mark on this one”.
So here are a few tips you need to remember when your star candidate, aka your Chicken McNugget, gets the boot quickly:
- Take a deep breath. Go for a walk. Shake it off.
- You are not the decision maker. Sorry.
- I know this is hard to believe, but recruiters/HR pros are biased too. Yes, you may have really liked that guy because you both have a pet pig.
- It’s your job to keep at it. Just like it’s their job to hire the very best person, based on their team’s needs. Not your team’s needs. Your team’s needs include: I’ve got to get this job closed, I must prioritize other positions, or I don’t feel like dealing with this manager anymore. That is not the hiring manager’s care or worry.
- Understand the why before you react. Sometimes a manager says, “I’m just not feeling this candidate” because they don’t have the time to say quickly in an email, I’ve worked with Joe before, not a fit”. You’d be surprised how often this happens.
- Don’t ask for the why in an email. Pick up the phone, jump on a video chat, walk over to their desk. Asking for a why in an email always sounds accusatory.
- Show me the data. No data – no credibility.
- Most importantly, continue to build up your trust bank. The more a hiring manager trusts you the more candid you can be with giving proper pushback.
And if none of that works – go buy a Chicken McNugget 10-pack and drown your sorrow with the most delicious fried, processed meat nuggets ever created.