I am sure that if you are have been in recruitment or talent acquisition. You would know what I am talking about here. We recruiters seldom have the tendency of exaggerating or sometimes even painting a rosy picture about the company that we are recruiting for to make things appear more attractive to the potential candidate.
I personally would admit using this tactic early in my career when hiring for hard to fill positions specially when the employers would like you to go find that "purple squirrel" (perfect candidate) out of nowhere.
Some employers for instance don't understand that apart from a good recruiting skills & job portal access, there are multiple other factors that play an important role in attracting talent. More importantly these factors are not controlled or influenced by the recruiter.
These intangible but yet important factors which are often conveniently sidelined by the employers, play a crucial role in attracting talent;
So, your recruiter may get lucky and might just find you a purple squirrel but if you are careless and do not address the above issues, you will have a hard time retaining good resources. And then you can't blame your recruiters for painting a rosy picture. And thus, it becomes a vicious circle.
Article written by Faisal Siddiqui, HR Professional & Enthusiast.
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