A candidate answered an ad I ran for a Financial Analyst position for an international client of mine. My client was looking for someone with a BS in Finance, an MBA and financial modeling skills.
This candidate was good. I knew if he interviewed well he should get an offer from my client. I gave the candidate my interview technique workbook at the time.
When I asked the candidate what salary he was looking for he said he made $66K + 10 percent bonus, but was looking for $72K with at least a 10 percent bonus. I explained $72K was my client’s absolute maximum which the candidate said would work.
My client loved my candidate’s resume, wanted to see him right away. After the interview, I debriefed my candidate asking him if he was interested in the position. He said, “Yes.” I asked him if he would still take the job at $72K, he said, “Yes.”
After the interview, my client wanted to make an immediate offer an asked what my candidate was making and currently looking for in salary. I told them $66K and $72K, respectively. My client went the full $72K + 15 percent bonus. They asked me to immediately call the candidate, explain they were all very impressed and make the offer.
This candidate accepted my client’s offer at $72K and signed the offer letter. Three days later this candidate called me and said if they would pay him $80K he would resign from his current job. My client rescinded the offer. This candidate worked happily ever after making $66K a year at his original employer. From what I’ve heard, the candidate still works there.
My client told me they would never forget my candidate. Word to the wise, it is a small world out there and a commitment is a commitment. You never know when you will have the chance for a wonderful job opportunity and run in to that same hiring manager who has witnessed or heard something negative about you. Keep your professional actions and reputation clean!