Urban myths from the business world: the outraged recruiter and the candidate who is no longer interested in the job offer

The self-celebrating post of the outraged recruiter

This classic story of the wise recruiter and the villain candidate who, out of the blue, is no longer interested in the job opportunity pops up now and then on LinkedIn profiles looking for visibility.

“Dear Network, you won’t believe this, but after working for three months, tirelessly, day and night, on a hiring process for my extraordinary company, awarded just last night as the best employer in the entire galaxy, the candidate called me to tell me that he is no longer interested in the job.

My trustful Network, you can’t imagine what a terrible blow this has been for me.

The way I see the world today has been turned upside down: only now do I understand how selfish and unfair people can be.

Needless to say, the opportunity was in Finance, you’ve already figured it out for yourself.

The one who refused our offer, which was based on the highest spiritual values, has certainly done it for money.

Tell me that you, faithful followers, are at least as shocked as I am and let me feel all your love by sharing this post of mine”.

Hundreds of comments, millions of like.

So many people consider such useless and boring self-celebration bullshit as “inspiring”.

Actually that candidate was me.

The other side of the story

In fact, I have been in a selection process for a position as CFO – France for a large American multinational for quite some time.

Must have been three months, yeah… sometimes time flies.

I’ve passed a thousand interviews with recruiters, HR, Financial Controllers, Finance Manager, Business Unit Managers, Worldwide whatever…

I’m with the author of the aforementioned post in a room on the top floor of a beautiful Parisian tower where the company’s French headquarter is located, in order to organize the last interview with the Corporate CFO who will get connected by videoconference from New York.

I say to her: “I could come on the appointed day around 3:00 p.m., would that be okay ?”

She stops me immediately, horrified.

With a grimace of contempt, she says, “Oh, no, no. We’re not gonna force our CFO to stay late in the office… for you.”

Wow, “for you” that’s an unequivocal indication of how high “people’s respect” is among the spiritual values so important to her company and its employees.

Then, I’d like to tell her that 3:00 p.m. in Paris is 9:00 a.m. in New York, but I’m so disgusted that I’ll put it off until tomorrow.

When I call to tell her that I’m no longer interested in the job.


  • The struggle to assert the legitimacy of his role as Manager in the eyes of his peers on Linkedin is now merciless.
  • The fiercest are usually the young people looking for visibility but I’ve seen a lot of so-called CEOs share this kind of bullshit.
  • And indeed, self-celebration disguised as indignation is always warmly welcomed on professional networks.
  • Maybe because, like the Big Brother or the Celebrity Island, it makes its public feel less lonely and much less stupid.