LinkedIn debate slams 'shady' recruiters

LinkedIn debate slams 'shady' recruiters

LinkedIn is often a breeding ground for opinion, with some online spats merely digital versions of the heated debates that occur when colleagues escape the office, head down to the local to guzzle and vent their workplace frustrations.

Regardless of whether you think it's right or wrong, LinkedIn is often the go to platform for professional venting. Topics vary but one recent post raised the issue of recruiters withholding certain information about the job from candidates.

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  • Patrick O'Hanrahan
    Patrick O'Hanrahan
    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 1:20pm GMT
    Candidates can help themselves by quizzing the recruiter on specific details about the role - the responsibilities, reporting lines, the structure of the team, it’s size and so on and so forth.

    The recruiter should be able to answer many of those questions with adequate detail, without revealing their client’s name. If the answers are too flaky then the candidate can make a judgement call as to whether or not they explore things further.

    But at least they won’t miss out on a potentially great career opportunity, by putting down the phone, if the recruiter can’t reveal their client’s name on day one.
  • Patrick O'Hanrahan
    Patrick O'Hanrahan
    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 1:19pm GMT
    I agree with both Hannah and Charlie. There are times when we can’t reveal the client’s name at the outset, due to a variety of highly sensitive reasons. Our hands are tied, having given the client our word to hold the information back until agreed. Just the same as one maintains the promise of strict confidentiality with candidates who reach out, and want to discreetly explore the market.
  • Kerry Swift - Zoot R
    Kerry Swift - Zoot R
    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 1:07pm GMT
    I must say I do echo some of the comments made by John. With being in the recruitment industry for the past 15 years the issue of vacancy confidentiality isn’t as black and white as the original post portrays. Confidentiality can many times be the instruction of your client for a variety of valid reasons. I agree it’s a relationship based on trust between the recruiter and the candidate from both sides. There is also a practice with certain agencies to create fictitious applicants in order to gain client information. Of course there are some dubious agencies out there who will advertise 'fake jobs' to attract a candidate pool. Like in any industry there is the good, the bad and the ugly , it’s such a shame there is this poor view of agencies as the majority of us are professional with ethics and values.
  • Christine Ebeling Lo
    Christine Ebeling Lo
    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:57pm GMT
    There are many reasons why company names aren't shared and most of them are professional rather than shady.

    It's a shame that Danny feels he has to make these types of 'simplistic' comments. There are many professional and successful recruitment companies like the one I work for who make it a point never to lie to candidates and always behave with professionalism and courtesy.
  • John Farmer
    John Farmer
    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:33pm GMT
    Sadly another individual with more opinion than knowledge.

    Rather than making blanket statements the level of the relationship that exists is the fundamental point.

    Keeping the client name confidential is often at the clients request, something that I can validate, usually for internal reasons - is the author saying that in these circumstances the hiring organisation is also shady?

    In eighteen years I have never advertised a position on which, we had not been instructed although I am aware that it happens and I do agree that there is undoubtedly a trust element - although this is more likely to be with "new" candidates whom are applying via job boards.

    There is also the practice encouraged by some high profile high street recruiters to send "new" consultants out to local competitors to see what vacancy information they can garner.

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