That word you keep using… I do not think it means what you think it means.

Headhunter email. Title: Fantastic remote working opportunity!

Me: Hi, I might be interested in this role. Could you tell me a little more about it?

Recruiter: Sure! The company’s office is based in the east wing of a stately home. It’s right in the middle of the countryside but the house itself is surrounded by beautifully kept gardens so there’s great opportunities to explore during your lunch breaks…

Me: But it’s remote working, right? How often do folks have to go into the office?

Recruiter: Oh no, you have to be in the office everyday.

Me: So it’s not remote working?

Recruiter: Yes, it’s a very remote location!

Me: Thank you for your time.

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.