You’ll apply whether you like it or not

Phone call.

Recruiter: Hi, so I saw your CV on [well known recruitment site] and it looked like a perfect match for a role that [company] is trying to fill so I sent it over to their hiring team and…

Me: Wait, what? You already sent over my CV?

Recruiter: Yes and the feedback is really positive and…

Me: Hold up. You can’t just give my CV out to people without my permission! What if I’d already applied to [company] or I had reasons I’d never want to work for [company]?!

Recruiter: Sorry, we like to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.

Me: That’s incredibly inappropriate. Please rescind my application from [company] at once.

Recruiter: But they really want to interview you!

Me: I have no interest in applying for them.

Recruiter: They’re a really good company to work for.

Me: They’re an hour and 45 minutes commute away.

Recruiter: Oh. Yeah, sorry.

I just know that the recruiter will have misinformed the employer as to my reasons for rescinding my candidacy.

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