7 things a recruiter might try & tell you...

7 things a recruiter might try & tell you

 8 Feb 2018

7 things to be wary of that a recruiter might try and tell you.
Wading through the tricky terrain of the recruitment world can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned job hunter.  For those that are less experienced it can be a nervy experience but do not despair there are ways to avoid the most common pitfalls.
For starters, try and work with recommended recruiters from colleagues and friends in your industry.  It is fair to say that there are both good and bad recruiters operating in every industry across the planet.  If you can work with someone with a good reputation you should be able to rule out the bad recruiters and try to build a long-term relationship with the best in your industry.
If you don’t have any existing relationships with recruiters and aren’t aware of any that are recommended for whatever reason, we have pulled together 7 things that a recruiter may tell you that you should be wary of to help you on your way.
  1. Don’t worry if you aren’t too keen on the job, this will be great interview practice
Let’s start with this dangerous statement.  I actually spoke to a candidate last week that had been told this.  He went along to the interview for the practice (Interview practice is good but wasting peoples time isn’t) after first trying to reject the recruiters request that he went along.  Following the interview, he was offered the job, when he rejected it straight out the recruiter tried to pressure him saying that he can’t waste this companies time, they would blacklist him and that he wouldn’t get a better job etc. Obviously, this is nonsense and a poor practice to say the least.
Avoiding the situation from the outset and avoiding recruiters like this is a good place to start.  If a recruiter contacts you and says the above, alarm bells should be ringing.  It wouldn’t benefit him/ her unless he/she feels that they can convince you to take the job down the line.
  1. They can improve your salary by a minimum of 20%
There are occasions when you can make a large jump in terms of your salary, they might include the following:
  • Relocating to another part of the world (Different market or extreme environment)
  • When you finally make it in the big time and stop doing low budget indies and make the move to Hollywood to co-star with Mel Gibson
  • You tell a lie about our current salary.
More often than not however, if you are honest about your salary when applying for a position you and the salary range for the position you are going for is between 10 – 20% higher than your current salary if successful you will probably receive an offer at the lower end of the range. 
If you are told this straight off from a recruiter and they are referring to a position within your current market / location, then you should do some more digging to make sure you aren’t going to waste your time. 
  1. You should be registered with one agency
If I am honest, of course we as recruiters would want the best candidates to work solely with ourselves and it does happen but usually after the candidate has either been referred or a relationship has developed over time where trust and honesty has been displayed by both parties.  If you are just on the hunt for recruiters in your industry and you have no loyalty or previous relationships, you should chat with several recruiters in your sector.
Word of caution here, if you work with several recruiters, some of them might be aware that you are readily available in the market and that you might be harder to place in a position.  Due to the fact that you are interviewing at various places they might not be as interested in working with you as they would be if it was an exclusive relationship.
Do some research and work with the best that you can find.
  1. Reference requests up front
This is an old one, but it still happens.  Recruiters with high KPI’s and a focus on something other than excellent candidate service will try this on you. If you are asked straight out of the bat for references, it may be a ploy to get contact details of hiring managers that you have worked for in the past.
This would be another one that would potentially make me laugh and then move on.  Try and aim to find the best recruiters with an excellent track record of candidate service and a good network in the industry.
  1. Going abroad? We will try to claim expenses after the interview
If you are interviewing abroad there will be occasions when hiring companies will pay for travel etc for the interview but equally some companies won’t offer any reimbursement of travel costs.  If your recruiter has worked with them in the past they will undoubtedly know if the company, you are interviewing for will cover costs or not.
If they tell you to just book and they will try and sort it out after with the company, it would be good practice to take the next step under the assumption that you won’t be getting reimbursed for your travel costs.  If you are happy to pay on your own, explain this to your recruiter and gauge their reaction. 
Its better to clear this up front than further down the line when it can become messy. 
  1. Different salaries quoted on separate occasions
If you speak to a recruiter about the salary of a position and you are quoted one figure only to be told a different figure down the line you should be wary of what might be going on.  Are they telling you to keep your interest levels up until you are bought into the company or not? If the difference is considerable it sounds a bit sketchy so beware out there.
  1. I’m not sure about the salary, there is no set amount.
There is always a set amount or at least a range, it is up to your recruiter to work out what this range is.  It is worth noting that the policy of some companies to keep salary details confidential is different than a statement of there being no range.  If a recruiter is honest with you that it is either a new client or that the company has a confidentiality policy towards salaries, then you shouldn’t be alarmed as this can happen.  If on the other hand they are trying to shoehorn you into a position with a lower salary than you are currently on, you should probably move onto the next one. 
Don’t be afraid to press your recruiter on the salary and the reasons for the salary not being disclosed or even known.


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