I just wanted to praise the applicant that got away. A week ago, I interviewed a great candidate for our sales team. Good conversation, and there was mutual interest. He wanted to kick the tires a bit, and mentioned that he knew one of our salespeople and would be calling her to talk about the role and say hi. He did, and came away pretty intrigued – we booked a face to face. The following day, he got a promotion at his current company that he’d been angling for, and decided to stick it out. I was understandly bummed out he didn’t pursue us, but the new role sounded interesting and I couldn’t hold it against him.
That said: yesterday I received a hand-written thank you note for my time on the phone, and a pledge to keep up with me. I literally said out loud to myself: “Hmm, good guy.” I ran into the sales rep he’d spoken to, and he’d done the same with her. So there we were, talking about what a great guy he was for doing that, and how great it would be to eventually get him over here. And here I am, blogging about his follow through.
The point is that it’s those types of details that can make or break your search.