As a one-woman band, I often find myself multi tasking like mad, juggling a few balls at once. Every so often a ball drops: I forget to provide some interview feedback; I don't get to speak to someone within 48hrs of receiving their CV; I'm late for a client meeting etc. Earlier this week, I dropped the proverbial ball.

A candidate (let's call her AJ) was being considered for a role with LC (lovely client). At the same time however, she was also being touted by another ALC (another lovely client). The salary difference between LC and ALC was 5k.

The LC offered the role to AJ and your friendly Recruiter here, misquoted the salary to her. Oops. AJ had been lead to believe the salary was indeed 5k higher than it actually was. What to do?

I opted for The Truth. I called AJ and, apologising profusely, I admitted my error. She (understandably) was not best pleased. This particular role was below her ability but it was with a company she was very keen to join.

Next, I called LC and admitted my mistake to him. Likewise, he wasn't best pleased - he was very keen to recruit AJ and thought he'd lost her.

After a few tense hours and unusual mobile silence, AJ called me. She was happy to accept. I called LC - he was thrilled. AJ joined LC this week.

The moral of this tale? Honesty is the best policy. We recruiters are often bad mouthed for our lack of integrity and dishonesty. Whilst bad practice undoubtedly does exist, there are those of us with moral fibre and a genuine belief that transparency and honesty pays dividends.

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