Top Linkedin (un)inspiring story: the indignant recruiter and the one who is no longer interested in the job offer

The self-celebrating post of the indignant recruiter

This classic story of the human resources director and the 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.

Network, you can’t imagine what a 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, will surely have 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, please, please, please”.

Hundreds of comments, millions of like.

But why do I consider this useless and boring self-celebration as “inspiring” ?

Well, because the concerned candidate was me.

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 one’s managerial role in the eyes of one’s peers on Linkedin is now without quarter.
The representatives of support functions with little experience are usually the fiercest.
Unfortunately, the General Management – Human Resources association seems to get the better of the Financial Management, more and more victim of irony and clichés.
Yet the sharing of self-celebratory themes masked by denigrating indignation is always quite successful on professional networks.
Perhaps because, like the Big Brother or Temptation Island TV shows, they make us all feel less lonely (and much less idiots).