Hiring managers change their mind

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Have you experienced hiring managers changing their minds about you? I have and curious to see what others think.

Business cartoon showing a job interview, “Mr. Crusoe, I’m concerned about this 20-year gap in your resume.”

I had a recruiter reach out and say I was perfect for a position. I shared that I was remote only and since the job was hybrid we both agreed to stay in touch in the future. The next day the recruiter messaged me and said the hiring manager changed their mind and the job is remote now.

The first thing I wondered was if they were desperate. Perhaps they have been looking for someone for a long time and are willing to settle. I can’t guess at their motivations only their behavior. I must admit that I find working as a consultant that many companies have shared that they have a hard time finding people that fit their ideal. I find it amazing that jobs that aren’t being filled for months or even years are not willing to train and get people up to speed on their unique requirements. I find it confusing how it is cheaper to use a consultant to fill their gaps, than train people they already have.

Now part of this has been answered. In some companies I have been a consultant in, the existing person doesn’t want to be trained. In most places, they don’t offer training, and they seek to get new skills with new people. The problem with that is that the most in-demand skills are difficult to find so if I was a hiring manager it would make sense to talk to the consultants and offer to bring them onboard with training for a full-time role.

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I have rarely worked at companies that have paid for my training. I have spent tens of thousands of my dollars on training because most companies do not offer it. I have had some companies ask me what I would want to be trained in and told them that it directly would have made me more efficient in the job. Some companies would rather pay a consultant to do the work than pay for my education. Which is fine but I find it interesting. If a consultant is better then why am I involved with that as well?

What seems to be the case is that companies are looking short-term and don’t want to find motivated people who want to learn. I think that when hiring managers lower their expectations they increase their company’s overall efficiency. No one person can do the multiple roles that many IT positions ask of them. To me, it seems that the idea of getting a cheap person and having them do multiple roles leads to early burnout in a company. I think this is one reason there is such heavy turnover. Companies haven’t learned to invest in their people and to pay/train them to be motivated to continue to work. People like variety and doing the same task for years is boring, isn’t it?