Recruiters and red flags - what to watch for?
March 15, 2013 8:04 AM Subscribe
I wish I had asked this question several weeks ago. I've been dealing with several recruiters while job hunting and am wondering what red flags I should watch for, what a good recruiter does, and how best to use recruiters in my jobs search.
Lots of recruiters want to talk to me, often want to meet in person. So far this isn't adding up to much in the way of real interviews, though I've had a couple of phone interviews with hiring managers and anticipate scheduling two in-person interviews.
posted by bunderful to work & money (18 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
1. Recruiter A never tells me the name of the company I am being submitted for, claiming it is a matter of discretion. This is starting to become difficult because other recruiters always want to know what positions I am already lined up for before they submit me. HOWEVER, A is calling me consistently about jobs, several times a week, which no other recruiter is doing.
2. Recruiter B mentioned to me that some companies will not accept a submission if you were already submitted to that company (directly or via a recruiter), even if for a different job. This concerns me as it makes me wonder if a recruiter might try to "poison the well," so to speak, by submitting me for a job that is not a good fit, just to get other recruiters out of the running. It also makes me wonder if some companies will overlook my resume if I've already submitted for another position but did not make the cut.
3. Recruiters generally encourage me to call them before I apply to a job to see if they have a relationship with the hiring manager. I understand that of course they want the commission. However, does it help to come from a recruiter vs submitting through the company site or indeed?
Any other knowledge about savvy handling of recruiters is welcome. Thank you!