actual conversation this week over email:
internal company recruiter: Hi Kevin, I’m working on a senior marketing role at <xxxx>. Could we chat for 15 minutes about it?
me: Do you have a job description? Perhaps you could send that as a start.
recruiter: We do not have a written job description for the role.
me: I’ll pass on talking until you have something you can share for my review first.
recruiter: OK. I totally understand.
Xxxx is a big tech/internet company. It is widely admired and a great place to work by all accounts. But I’ve been through this before. I never take the call without a job description (or at least a specific title and high-level detail on the role) in advance.
In my opinion, it’s rude to ask for my time on the phone when you cannot provide any specifics other than “working on a senior marketing role at xxxx”. Why would I spend time on the phone with you to understand your needs? What’s in it for me and/or my network? If you can’t provide details to help me understand what’s in it for me, then don’t ask for a call.
Sigh…. #TimeWaster. Please stop.