Not sure if this was PD or just a near miss for me. It's Friday (where I am!) and I had a new employee due to start Monday. It's an entry level admin role with great career progression, for which I had literally 100s of applications. So it was a hard call eliminating candidates to select one. However, select a candidate we did - she accepted gladly, and was working out her notice period due to start Monday. Everything is in place ready to go. I've been in contact with her throughout the process.
Then out of the blue I got an email from her today saying she's been accepted into university to do her post-graduate studies so has decided to decline the role.
The reason I think it's a little PDish is this: our industry is hard to break into, and she expressed a really strong desire to build a career in the industry. There are actually no specific qualification requirements (although of course they help, particularly at senior level) but getting your foot in the door? Yep, that's priceless. All of her experience so far is as a receptionist at a 1 man business, so basically she's going to end up as a receptionist with an MBA. I wish I could tell her how many degree and even post-grad qualified candidates we turned down for this role!! I value education highly, but when recruiting it simply is no match for relevant skillsets and experience, so she had an edge JUST because she had some working experience. However, her working experience is still junior so even if she gets a higher qualification she will still need to start at the bottom, however by then she'll have been out of the workforce for a few years and honestly lost her edge in terms of what we are looking for. The stupid part is if she'd just called me, I would have happily offered her a part-time role instead if she was interested. Basically, I could have given her the entry into the industry while she still could have pursued her higher education. Maybe she was lying all along and didn't really want the job. It seems unlikely though as her reasons for wanting to work in the industry were good ones. I wish her the best but I really, really believe she is making a big mistake for her own career. (The job market is flooded with over-qualified but inexperienced candidates at the moment!!) Good news for me is I have 100s of other people to choose from - I never send my declines out until I have the person commence (unless it's a long delay) because it's too risky. Still, I am surprised at this candidates decision and it's a shame she couldn't have been more honest about her personal goals etc.