The Pretty Woman Guide to Recruiting




Vivian: You people work on commission, right?

As recruiters our livelihood depends on finding the right match, whether it's for right here, right now or for long term commitment. When someone comes to interview, it is possible to see just a bad CV, nervousness, lack of confidence, inappropriate clothing, the wrong connections or skills to fit the profile.

A quote that sums it up nicely; be nice to people on the way up. You will meet them again on the way down.

Moral: All people are different and come to an interview at different life stages.


Edward Lewis: You make $100 an hour and you have a safety pin holding your boot up?

Sometimes a recruiter needs to ask the right questions in order to verify the facts. The company hiring team will ask the same questions. Better be prepared for tough questions.


Vivian: I want the fairy tale.

Everyone wants to work for the right company, feel valued and take home a pay check that allows for some spare cash on a rainy day. 

Some people want more. The great value of companies that invest in people is that people are happy working there. The Googles of the world understand that where, when and how you spend your time, determines the quality of experience for both parties.

Moral: High expectations lead to excellence

Put Downs

Vivian: People put you down enough, you start to believe it.

Edward Lewis: I think you are a very bright, very special woman.

Vivian: The bad stuff is easier to believe. You ever notice that?

The recruiter's job is to understand the "pretty woman" effect. Many people through life take roles beneath their skill level, whether through economic reasons, restarting in a new industry or country, coming back to work after pregnancy, military service or time off. 

Some people find that their CV does "not fit," receive rejection letters and doubt themselves as a consequence.

Moral: The value of life experience, character and experience outside of work is often hard to describe on a paper CV.

Perfect Ending

Edward Lewis: So what happens after he climbs up and rescues her?

Vivian: She rescues him right back.

The right person enhances the company that hires them. When a person feels appreciated and loved back the relationship becomes mutually fulfilling. Over the years the relationship can deepen significantly with mutual respect over time.   

Of Course, that's not always the case...(Music Maestro!)

Roll Credits


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