While walking through the ACS Boston meeting
Expo a familiar voice called out, “Hey!” Most
often a woman doesn’t respond to a man with
this, but guys don’t mind responding.
I had seen her from the corner of my eye and
did not think she had seen me. So, rather than
continuing on my random walk, I walked over
and greeted her. She said she intended on speaking
with me and asked when was a good time. I said it
was a good time then and asked if she would join me
She is a successful mid-career chemist with a strong
track record. Interviews have been coming her way
while she had been successful in a part time teaching
assignment. Offers have not been coming her way,
however, for several reasons [that are not our present
She told me she had a conundrum now. In the
recent past she went on an interview trip to Texas
and was offered a position. Together with her
family, she decided it was not best for them to
take the position. The interview was facilitated
by a recruiter who was on retainer with a firm.
She then received another interview invitation
with the same company, in a different location.
Should she apprise the recruiter of the invitation
to the second interview at a different location one
month later? It was not clear whether it was the
same position just relocated to another site.
We clarified some details and offered some thoughts.
Please view a couple of nice web-sites for
background on working with recruiters 1 2 .
Two career consultants offered her similar
reflections. Namely, working with recruiters involves
working with people with whom you have developed
a relationship. If you wish to continue the relationship
it might be prudent to phone the recruiter and advise
him that a second position and location has arisen
at the firm and you have interviewed there. It is
your call to call before or after the interview, yet I
would pose doing it before the interview to get
a pulse of the organization from a different person.
Do it with a phone call rather than an email as then
there would not be a written record. The recruiter
might not even be at the firm now. Her motivation
was to insure the recruiter benefits if she obtains
We crossed paths later at the meeting and she
had even more promising interviews. Things
were looking up.