(Closed) WTF! Who is the idiot, my SO or the recruiter?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Who is the idiot?
    The Recruiter : (5 votes)
    6 %
    SO : (51 votes)
    61 %
    Neither, this sort of thing happens. Plus, the email was only sent 36 hours ago. : (27 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 3
    1227 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m not sure what the problem is if he’s going to make the interview anyway?

    If you provide a potential employer with your email address, you shouldn’t be surprised when they use it to contact you.

    Post # 5
    13657 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I agree with SeaSalt:  If you’re giving a recruiter an email address as a means of contact, you should probably be checking that email. 

    I don’t think your SO is an idiot, but I think he should have been checking his email more frequently.  In this day and age with smartphones, most people are instantly connected to their email. 

    Post # 6
    5005 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Can I vote both? 

    You should always check your email every 24 hours, even if you’re not expecting anything. He should make a habit of checking it at a specific time every day, just to clear out spam and junk mail, if nothing else.

    The recruiter should’ve said that an email was a possibility, so he wasn’t waiting specifically for a phone call that never came. 

    Post # 7
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Your SO should absolutely be checking his email more often if he is applying for jobs. Email is the most common form of communication in the business world and it perfectly acceptable way for a recruiter to communicate.

    Post # 8
    13563 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I don’t think anyone’s the idiot here — just an honest mixup. I agree that your SO will be doing himself a favor to check email a bit more while he’s job searching, because you just never know when something will come through!

    Did he email the manager back? So many people get email on their smartphones these days — that might be one way to reach the manager in a pinch if phone calls go to voicemail.

    Post # 9
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @AmyFarrahFowler:  +1

    It’s too bad that your SO was waiting for a phone call when the e-mail was in his inbox, but if he’s job searching, he NEEDS to check his e-mail once a day (or more!).

    Post # 10
    1460 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If I was him I wouldn’t wait on anything.  I would be at that appointment at 2:15 and ready to interview at 2:30.

    Post # 11
    273 posts
    Helper bee

    In this day and age, people are rarely away from their email for more than an hour or so. It’s pretty unusual to find someone who doesn’t check at least daily, even if they dont have a smartphone. Your SO isn’t an idiot, but the “mix up” is his fault, if we’re proportioning blame at all (and I don’t see why there’s any need to, if your husband will still be at the interview).

    Post # 12
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Email is a standard form of communication in most industries today. It provides a paper trail that voicemails don’t provide.  If you’re job-seeking, it’s even more critical to keep all lines of contact open once you’ve provided them to the potential employer or the recruiter. Not checking email when you’ve sent out resumes with your email address is up there with turning the ringer off of your phone. 


    Post # 13
    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Did he email the hiring manager back? If the Honeymoon emails, absolutely respond by email. Your SO needs to be checking email constantly while he’s job hunting. I never simply call someone with an interview time; I always email and then call by the end of the day to confirm if I don’t get an email response.

    I’ve need heard of a candidate complaining that they were contacted too soon!

    Post # 14
    412 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t know what field your SO is in, but given that the recruiter, and every single HR professional he’ll come in contact with, is in business, I’d say a good practice would be to check his email every morning and every evening, AT LEAST. Adding in a lunch time check also couldn’t hurt.

    Post # 15
    6593 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Email is the main avenue of communication in today’s day and age. I just spent a year interviewing for faculty positions at Universities and rarely did anyone ever call me – it was all done through email!

    Most people these days have their email hooked up to their phones. Your SO needs to be checking his email regularly to ensure he doesn’t miss any opportunities.

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