As promised, following the 6 Surreal Conversations with Recruiters published last month, here is the second and last part of the Nothing But The Truth series with this London-based consultant who wants to stay anonymous but can’t just wait to share with you these 11 nuggets of truth about agency recruiters.
★ Recruiters, estate agents and secondhand car dealers all belong to the same species.
★ Recruiters are all about business transactions, not relationships: they love you today, but they could just ignore you the very next minute when they won’t need you any longer.
★ The reason why they never provide you with feedback about a job is that they realised they cannot make money out of yourself anymore. At least this time.
★ If you are wondering whether you should chase a recruiter after an interview, my answer is no. If they want you for another interview, they will literally be running after you.
★ There are certainly good agency recruiters out there, but the problem is that they are too few. Once you get to know an honest recruiter, try to keep a good relationship with them. Then just use the rest exactly as they are using you. It sounds cruel, but it’s just the way it works.
★ I’ve got a sort of black list of recruiters who showed me a lack of professionalism in the past; keep records of your experience and avoid wasting your time.
★ When a new recruiter approaches me, I always give them the benefit of the doubt.
★ Recruiters commit to sending a particular number of suitable candidates to their clients. And since their only target is to get a commission, they just care about quantity and good timing: so, once they have filled – let’s say – a 10-profile pack, they’ll ignore the rest of the applications unless the client says that none of those first 10 candidates is good enough.
★ Be wary of fake jobs: recruitment agencies post fake jobs all the time to collect candidates’ CVs. You’ll find more info about fake jobs posting here.
★ Again on fake jobs: be wary that some agencies keep posting the same job ads (packed with relevant keywords) over and over.
★ It’s also fascinating to see how agencies use salary as the only thing that matters; very often, it’s not about the experience or the skills, it’s all about the salary (so, what if you are underpaid in your current role?). And because recruiters are so commission-focussed, they’ll think that everyone works in the same way, so they’ll try to make you change job for a ten quid’s difference.