Yesterday, I was given a unique and funny reason as to why someone had to postpone a meeting with me (today) - more of that in a moment. It reminded me of what for me is still my best excuse EVER (in 20+ years in recruitment) for someone not going to work. The question is can you better it?
The first - yesterday - is funny, and I have to say I am still laughing......"Sorry, I am going to have to postpone our meeting because I have double booked you with my belly dancing class!"
.......I told you it was unique!!The second: please note this was very real, and happened to two contractors going to work for me at a local waste water plant a few years ago.
Let me just set the scene....
The water treatment works (the intended destination) was the other side of a village that you have to travel through to get to the site. The two contractors (dressed in their usual white overalls) were due on site at 10.00am and were driving a red Astra van.
Now the fun begins (and anyone involved in placing temporary workers will appreciate this) when I get a call from site at 10.15am - "where are your two contractors, they haven't turned up yet?"
So, I get on the phone (knowing it is a hard site entrance to find) expecting to have to give them directions.........voice mail! >> This is a recruiters nightmare - a client needing and expecting workers, and the said workers un-contactable!!
I heard nothing for two hours, and being a skeptical (and realistic) recruiter, assumed they just didn't want the job and didn't turn up. We were desperately trying to back-fill the two jobs!
I then got a phone call from the local police station.......
"We couldn't make it to work today as we have been arrested for armed robbery!!"
[It must be noted that my candidate control was so good, they actually used their one call - not to phone a solicitor - to call me to tell me they weren't going to turn up!]
This is actually happened....
At 9.30 that day, the local bank (in the village they had to drive through) was held up at gun point. The robbers were wearing white overalls and driving a red Astra van as their getaway vehicle!!
So as my two guys drove through the village at 9.45am past the same bank, the police obviously thought it was Christmas (!!), and arrested them, believing them to be the armed robbers!
Even though they were completely innocent (I had to provide a statement for the police) it wasn't until early evening until they were set free!!
The footnote to the story.......
When I called the (now pissed off) client to tell them, he accused me of fabricating the story !! (He did apologise when he saw the local paper though!)
So the motto of this story is, that sometimes, the tall tails we have all heard during our recruitment lives, are actually true!!
Now, can you beat that reason for candidates not turning up, for you?