David Navarro López in El trabajo de buscar empleo, Ingenieros y Técnicos Service Technician • Fawema GmbH May 11, 2019 · 2 min read · 6.3K

Hey, recruiters: Candidates are not meat

Hey, recruiters: Candidates are not meat

For anyone who is looking for a job, the feeling of being dealt with as if they were not human beings anymore is, sadly, more than usual, is the „normal procedure“.

I am sick of seeing posts, articles, books and trainings oriented on how to “seduce” recruiters, and get selected. Sick because there are innumerable lines written about how to be the perfect candidate, but nothing or almost nothing about how to be the perfect recruiter.

There are two facts that compelled me to write this post on these terms:

  • I have been myself a long time looking for a job, and suffered in my own flesh the indescribable sensation of knowing that you could be the perfect candidate for a position, and not getting even a short note telling you that you are discarded. Beyond that, the expected response by a candidate would be, of course, knowing why you have been discarded, so next time the postulating criteria could be refined.

Recruiters are so bad mannered, that if under their criteria, you are not fitting into the position, they don’t have the gesture just to let you know. They just ignore you like if you were dust on the street.

  • I have been contacted by many recruiters for positions that very unlikely would fit to my skills or experience, sometimes, with a rather pathetic impertinent insistence.

To these two facts, some questions assault my mind:

What are the criteria that are used to recruit a recruiter?

Considering that they are halfway between their customers, a company which is looking for a very specific candidate and the candidate itself, with a very specific skills set...

How can it be that, when you happen to have the initial conversation with a recruiter, they mostly have no idea what the company does, and even most scary, they have no idea of the nuances of the skills required for the position?

It seems to me they have something like a “data base” which matches positions, companies and skills, with the only criteria of matching words, regardless of the meaning of the words themselves, and as a result, like in a Russian roulette, they get to shoot.

It is already a common practice into recruiting companies, that the initial reading of the candidates CV’s are done by a program, with a specific algorithm, more likely written by a psychopath nerd in a dark basement.
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If you, as a candidate, are so lucky to put the right words on your CV, like “enthusiastic” and “service technician” in the same text, Bingo, you go to the next level. Just like that. Even if you are a service technician for coffee machines, and the position is for a technician of surgical instruments.

In regards to the three recruiters I have been contacted lately for different positions, if I had the opportunity to talk to their boss, I would recommend firing them immediately, as they are harming their own company, the hiring company and the candidates.

Furthermore, in my opinion, most of the personnel selection companies should be shut down, because they are only making noise, but not meeting the needs and wishes of their customers.

Most of them don’t understand what a company really is, as their components, if you look at the recruiter’s professional life, have never been company people.

Of what utility a sociologist's criterion may be, when selecting an electrician?

To my eyes, the enormous bunch of money that is nowadays put by hiring companies into recruiting companies’ hands should be put into their own HHRR departments, who really know what the company is, and what is expected. So much time and money wasted.

Because in the end, is the hiring company which will have to deal with the result of this nonsense, and in many cases, you have here another big waste.

Recruiters have lost of sight that candidates are not just numbers or recyclable meat.

  • Really, guys, can you really go to sleep well, no regrets?
  • Your conscience does not bother you in regards of how you treat other human beings?

They are living beings, which are to be integrated to another living thing, which is a company.

A little of respect should be shown here. But this is only the opinion of another piece of meat.


Image Credit: Gerald Scarfe



David Navarro López 13/5/2019 · #19

#18 En una ocasión, para acceder a una plaza de mantenimiento mecánico en una planta de reciclado de residuos, me hicieron un psicotécnico que duró mas de dos horas, de esos que te dan la vuelta como un calcetín. Superé todas las pruebas, e hice una semana de prueba. Al final, mi tarea diaria iba a ser, sin excepción, estar soldando todo el día piezas sin ninguna trascendencia. Eso sí, en condiciones laborales penosas, insalubres, tercermundistas. Antes de acabar la semana, los mandé a tomar por donde amargan los pepinos. Manda huevos que aún se extrañaron de mi renuncia. Charanga de cuñaos y pandereta desfondada, diria yo

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Ignacio Orna (Nacho) 13/5/2019 · #18

Hay veces @David Navarro López en que las entrevistas no se hacen en las sedes de las empresas de selección, sino en las sedes de su empresa cliente que es la que está buscando. Entrevista que las hacen personal de la empresa de selección y es en esa situación donde la persona que quiere optar al trabajo sale confundida.

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Ignacio Orna (Nacho) 12/5/2019 · #17

#16 Es que España sigue siendo de charanga y pandereta.

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David Navarro López 12/5/2019 · #16

#15 Es tal cual como lo cuentas. Por eso emigré. Porque no hay solución, y a mi no me quedaba tiempo para sentarme a esperar, hasta que las cosas cambiasen.

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Ignacio Orna (Nacho) 12/5/2019 · #15

Y más desgarrador aún es que a ciertas edades en España hay cada vez menos oportunidades y los que todavía tienen la "suerte" de seguir trabajando por sueldos escasos, se les empuja a que acaben durmiendo debajo de un puente haciéndoles acoso laboral subliminal poniéndoles turnos locos, maratonianos e improductivos.

Y todo ello con el firme propósito para que se desesperen y se vayan. Y eso lo hacen quienes contratan no habiéndo cumplido ni 30 años y teniendo mucho menos experiencia se cargan las empresas y de repente se ve una noticia de que se echan a la calle a 200 sino a 2 mil personas por la pésima gestión de una o unas cuantas más.

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David Navarro López 12/5/2019 · #14

#12 Not really. In fact, it gets worse with time.
Thank you for sharing

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David Navarro López 12/5/2019 · #13

#5 Thank you for your kind words, Jim . Coming from you, I'm kind of flattered.

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Back in my day, recruiters were more interested in their numbers and reputation and not the needs of their client. Seems not much has changed. :)

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