By C.B. “Cork” Motsett

While not my all-time favorite book, this IS my favorite book title. Quite possibly, the best book title ever! Think about it from my perspective:
It covers the candidate who accepts the job, then calls a week before start date to tell his new employer (my client) that he won’t be coming after all. Or, the star candidate who cancels the meeting two hours before her interview. How about the candidate who gets the date and time of the interview wrong and doesn’t show up when expected. And the candidate who withdraws from the search after the third interview because his wife doesn’t want to move.

  • Squirrely?
  • Rude?
  • Bad form?
  • Duh?
  • All of the above?

And yes, sometimes these are the same candidates who describe themselves as:

  • “Decisive”
  • “Detail-oriented”
  • “Loyal”
  • “Intuitive”


I know, everything happens for a reason. And, better we find out these imperfections now than have our client make a bad hiring decision. But, when all is said and done, it tends to reflect poorly on us … on me … on the firm, rather than the squirrely, rude, decisive, detail-oriented, loyal, intuitive person.

*In a grammatically correct universe, the title would be: If it weren't for the people, this job would be fun.