I’m always telling my clients to apply for a job with their company to see what the candidate experience is really like. I took my own advice on Friday and applied for a job on behalf of my client, and you’re not going to believe what happened. (Note: My client granted me permission to share our exchange.)
Me: Would you like me to apply for a job with your company so we can see exactly what your candidates experience?
Me: Okay, but if I get a rejection letter, I’m going to be ticked off!
President: No worries. That’s not going to happen.
Me: I just hit reply to your posting on LinkedIn and on your website, and I’m now on some site called ZipRecruiter.com. The site indicates that I’ve successfully applied for your job and has recommended eleven other jobs I should consider. What the heck???
President: You’re kidding me, right?
Me: OMG, I just received three additional emails, within five minutes, telling me about other jobs I should consider as well, even though they’re a bit of a stretch for me. Hmmm…thinking twice before hitting one of their convenient “One-click Apply” buttons.
President: Where the heck was this site forty years ago?
Me: I don’t know, but if it had been around, you and I would be ruling the world!
President: We need to get this VP job off of this site.
Me: Actually, we need to get all of your job openings off this site. The last thing we want is someone we’ve worked so hard to attract, like a driver, to suddenly be applying for a ton of other jobs that are now being conveniently sent to his phone. By the way, I’ve unsubscribed so I shouldn’t be getting any more job alerts from ZipRecruiter.com.
President: Okay, great. Thanks.
Me (next day): Are you kidding me? Those people are sending me additional job opportunities to consider, even though I’ve unsubscribed. Forget what I said about you sending me a rejection letter. Looks like I’ve got a lot of great employment options! Who knew?
And that’s my point. Who knew that this craziness has been going on for the past several years? Certainly not my client. When he found out, he was horrified. But at least he uncovered this and is taking steps to rectify the situation.
Here’s your challenge. Apply for a job with your own company and see how far you get. Send me your story, and in return I’ll enter you into a drawing for a signed copy of my latest book, The Magnetic Leader: How Irresistible Leaders Attract Employees, Customers and Profits. I’ll even throw in a complimentary call to help you get on the right track.