Attention, recruiters: please don't lie to us.
This is an expansion on the 140 characters I spoke about on Twitter a little while ago. This is as much of the conversation as I can remember.
I just received a call from an "IT recruiter" (I don't remember who, and it doesn't matter who, really), who started off the conversation by breathlessly exclaiming:
"I need to speak to someone about a network problem."
Um, who is this?
"Is this the IT department? I need to speak to the IT manager."
Um, that would be me. Who are you trying to reach? Who are you?
"I'm so-and-so, this is the number that they forwarded me to."
Um, there is no "they", we have an auto-attendant. Who is this again?
"I got your number from J. Random Otherperson."
I don't know them, but OK. Who are you?
"I'm so-and-so, and I'm with an IT recruiting firm, and I wanted to know if blah blah you had any projects blah blah" (Yeah, I figured this out by now, but I wanted to let it play out.)
Hi, well, why did you give me this whole story instead of just coming out and saying it? I don't like being told stories to. To tell you the truth, we're not inclined to want to work with people who lie to us. I certainly don't like being told a whole cock-and-bull story to get my attention. Thank you very much. Good-bye. <click>
I hope it's not the same way in every sales arena.