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Crazy Recruiting Story: Girlfriend of Arnold Schwarzenegger

by | Mar 11, 2016 | Top Echelon Blog

Top Echelon’s crazy recruiting stories are rolling on!

We’ve already compiled quite a collection of tales, including:

How much more crazy can it get? Well, we’re going to find out. Once again, this story was submitted a few years ago by a Top Echelon Network recruiter. This time, though, the candidate involved was actually successfully placed . . . more than once!

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I’m just finishing a search for a regular client adding a new COO position.  At the beginning of the search, they provided me with 10 names of people they wanted me to check out that were names referred by some industry people they knew.  I talked to one of the referral sources (a CEO at another company) and she said this one particular person used to work for her and was fantastic, but she hadn’t talked with her in a few years.

When I called that person’s company, I was screened much harder by the initial receptionist than I would expect.  I was told I wouldn’t be able to contact her, which was strange because she wasn’t a high executive.  After doing some more research, I found out why they wouldn’t let me through.

It turns out she was currently the girlfriend of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Upon telling the hiring CEO the news, he told me that should I get through to her, I had the authority to offer her the job on the spot.

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