BLUF: I'm going to start phone screens for a position in my department, and one of the candidates wants to call me in the evening.
This particular candidate looks like an "overqualified", but I'm not put off by that after listening to the recent podcasts on the subject. I'm also sympathetic, having done some job searches while I was employed elsewhere, to the fact that candidates may not be able to call during regular business hours. What's rubbing me the wrong way is when I asked this candidate for dates and times to set up a phone interview, they said it would be better if they called me sometime after 7 PM. They then asked that I give them dates and times that would work with their schedule, and a phone number they could reach me at.
One thing Mark and Mike did point out was to watch for signs of arrogance from overqualifieds. My feeling is that's what's happening here. The candidate wants to take control of the process by forcing me to wait by the phone in the evening, either staying late at the office, or by giving him my personal phone number so I can take their call at home. The last just seems like a bad idea and a tad bit unprofessional.
I'm leaning towards passing on this candidate and telling them that we've decided to go in a different direction. Am I over-reacting?