Over a six-month period, I heard multiple stories about a foul-mouthed CFO who openly dressed-down employees with language that would make a longshoreman wince.
With each telling of the story, the CFO’s behavior got more dramatic. I could not help to think how this person’s name got dragged through the mud – because none of the people who told me the story worked at the company.
I soon began to wonder if this person could get hired again. If I said to someone “I’ve been told this story about a CFO who swore at employees”, about 90% of the time, they would reply “Do you mean __________, at ___________”.
I am not surprised a story like this spread so quickly. Here’s what’s surprised me. With the same volume, I heard stories coming out of networking meeting where the candidate was “forced out by their boss”, “needed a mental break”, “is only looking to move overseas”, etc. Most often the statements were made by the candidate.
Remember, a search is like a sales process. The product is you. So be sure to present yourself in the best light by planning your networking meeting and being cautious with the statements you make.
Unlike Vegas, what happens in a networking meeting does not stay in the networking meeting.