1. No viable candidate is found internally. The job opportunity is posted on Monster or CareerBuilder.

  2. He has to respond to phone calls even though he requested that all resumes be sent via e-mail.

  3. He waits a couple of weeks for the resume cycle to run its course.

  4. He sifts/sorts through stacks of non-qualified candidates to get to the top 20.

  5. He is so busy at work that he has to make overflow calls from home to conduct initial phone screenings.

  6. He now has a top 10 list that must be run by the hiring manager.

  7. He sets up in-person interviews with seven candidates.

  8. He interviews the candidates during the next week.

  9. He narrows the field to five candidates.

  10. He arranges in-person interviews with the hiring manager for the top five candidates.

  11. The hiring manager interviews the top five during the next week and narrows the list to three candidates.

  12. The hiring manager asks him to obtain supervisory references and conduct criminal background checks on the top three candidates.

  13. Referencing ferrets out negative details on one candidate.

  14. A criminal background check uncovers felony and misdemeanor convictions on the second candidate.

  15. The final candidate turns down the offer because the process took too long and they've already accepted another offer.

  16. He has to start all over!

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