When Managers Want More Resumes; the Three Enchilada Dilemma

Our fear of hypocrisy is forcing us to live in a world where gluttons are fine, so long as they champion gluttony. Jonah Goldberg

There are few things that I enjoy more than a good meal, a good drink, and great conversation with someone who I love. If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I am a foodie. I like taking pictures of food, and I really like eating. My waistline doesn’t approve of this, and neither does my aversion to physical activity.

There is a Mexican restaurant in Portland that I just adore visiting. It is called El Sombrero, (the hat). I know it’s a silly name, but Lenore works there, and she is fantastic. This story is about Lenore and how she taught this old dog a new trick.

Lenore and Three Enchiladas

Lenore is one of those precarious personalities you just cannot figure out when you first meet them. She smiles and speaks with a thick accent offering you a booth, a smile, and a kind greeting of “Hola amigo.” She was my first and subsequently my only server when I go there, and, I go there at least twice a week. They have daily lunch, and the three enchiladas with beans and rice for $11 is my immediate choice. You see I rarely if ever actually finish my plate. There literally is too much food!

A few weeks ago after I left my plate, yet again, with an extra enchilada and my Grandmothers voice in the back of my head reminding me that people are starving in the world. When I leave, Lenore says the same thing every time; “do you want to take this with you?” Having gone through too many conversations about forgetting food in the office fridge, I always say “no, but thank you.” She smiled this time like she always does, but this time she cocked her head to the side and said, “You always get three enchiladas, but you only eat two and never take the food with you. Why order three? You should just get two.”

She was right.

I was eating like I was eighteen. I did not need three enchiladas but I was used to it, and I wanted more. I was Verruca Salt stomping my foot demanding in my mind that I deserved more than I needed. I mean the restaurant was not going anywhere; I could come here anytime I wanted to get food, why did I feel the need to overindulge?

The Gluttony of Managers

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We see the same thing in sourcing, and recruiting don’t we? Sure we do, and I am willing to bet that most people are reading this offer that third enchilada to your manager.

Every. Single. Time.

I used to. I would flood the inbox of my managers with all sorts of qualified, resumes for their open positions. They got used to it. They learned that there might be better people out there than what they have in front of them. Seldomly, they are correct, but if you are doing your job correctly and screening the right way you should be able to filter out the resumes of the people you know are not going to be a fit and get that manager to realize the value that you bring to the table. Giving them more resumes when they are in the process of interviewing is like having that third enchilada. It is wasteful, of your time, the candidate’s time, and the manager’s time. They don’t need a third enchilada or another resume when their plate is already full.

The opinion I have and have had is we can do better and be better in supporting our teams by garnishing their support, not their resentment. If you offer a genuine talent that they are excited to see, you can begin to break down the walls of dissatisfaction with not only the managers but the process as well. Next time you run into the voracious manager, show them this post to help them understand more is not always best.

Great, now I am hungry with all this talk of food and resumes, I am going to get some enchiladas! #zellerout

Derek Zeller draws from over 20 years in the recruiting industry. The last 16 years he has been involved with federal government recruiting specializing in the cleared IT space under OFCCP compliance. Currently, he is the Director of Recruiting Solutions for Engage Talent. He has experience with both third-party agency and in-house recruiting for multiple disciplines. Using out-of-the-box tactics and strategies to identify and engage talent, he has had significant experience in building referral and social media programs, the implementation of Applicant Tracking Systems, technology evaluation, and the development of sourcing, employment branding, and military and college recruiting strategies. Derek currently lives in the Portland area. Now, he is the Director of Recruiting Solutions and Channels with Engage.


5 Comments on “When Managers Want More Resumes; the Three Enchilada Dilemma

  1. Everything in moderation! I will also never understand why managers expect quantity and quality. Shortlists are called SHORTlists for a reason. Here’s an article I wrote on dwindling down your massive list of qualified candidates if anyone is interested: http://recruit.ee/bl-shortlist-candidates-eb-bh

    Thanks for sharing, Derek, but now I want enchiladas for dinner! 😛

  2. I’m making enchiladas for dinner. Come on over. 🙂 but seriously – great point and I have some gluttonous managers! I need to work on that! Can that be post 2 – how to put them on a diet? 😉

  3. Great article and analogy, and I appreciate your perspective and your point, but I have a different point of view.

    Enchiladas are reasonably homogenous – people aren’t.

    If I’d submitted a shortlist to my client, they were happy with their fit and experience and we had some interviews progressing well, and then I met someone that blew me away and appeared like they would be much more successful in the role, I’d say it’s my obligation to the business to hire the best person and encourage my hiring manager to meet them.

    Similarly, if I found my dream employer was hiring the perfect role for me, and I was the best person for the role, but someone chose not to submit me because it might create more work for them, I don’t think I’d react positively….

    The above sounds a little more like a justification for an efficient talent acquisition process over the best business outcome.

    I’d prefer the best outcome over the best process… even if I feel a little bloated and gassy from that one extra enchilada afterwards 😉

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