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Pimps present during the job interview at client?

 
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Has anybody else observed this? I have never experienced this before - but maybe this is now common practice?
By "pimp" I mean a representative of the consulting/contracting company.
I have done consulting/contracting for 10 years. I have NEVER had a pimp attend and be present during an interview at the client site until yesterday.
It looks like Robert Half Technology has a company wide policy of this.
I find it to be quite irritating - but beggars can not be choosers - and so I guess us job seekers just have shut up and take it.
Kevin
 
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Hi,
Yeek! You have a lousy representative who could not control the candidate or do not understand your resume or knowledge at all. This behavior quite common from the boom time when the candidate have problem in communication or somekind of handicap. But it has been an option not policy.
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Hmmm... I'm wondering if they've had a lot of people cutting side deals with their clients?? Why else would they put someone that knows nothing but buzzwords in an interview??? Make sure you ask for a business card and tell the client you'll call them back later - just to bust the pimp's balls.
 
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Speaking of bustin' balls: I'm now thinking of a time when I went through the whole interview thing and endured my headhunter calling me about 50 gazillion times, etc, etc. I went down to sign the papers - and did - BUT later on when the headhunter called me up I told him
JD: Well, dude, I got this last second thought - and I felt it was a real good one - you know a real keeper and sometimes I go on those - and decided that I'd work better with more vacation time and told the client - "Hey dude, I wanna 'nother week, so just work it out for me, man!"
The damn headhunter flipped out - he was screaming!! Finally after letting his blood boil alittle, I told him to relax and that we were cool. He was like why'd you do that?? This is my job!! I said: can't you take a joke anymore?? I'm sure after his tirade that the guys in his office were busting his chops, knowing that a player just got played...
 
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Wow, I've never heard of that before. That's almost funny.
We used one place (Remmington, I think) which wanted us to send the interviewer to their office to interview candidates (they link to bring in the interviewer for 3-4 hours and set up a series of 6-8 interviews). We said we didn't have time for that and they agreed to our terms--send the 6-8 candidates to our office for an interviews (no goons).
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It appears that Robert Half has a policy of doing this. Robert Half Technology is a HUGE organization - and it appears that they do this company wide (at least in this area) for their IT positions.
In a weak economy & weak marketplace for technical skills - maybe these pimps get cut out of deals more often than in normal time?? Does that explain this?
It was a really crappy situation. The pimp showed up 10 minutes AFTER the interview with the client was to have started. Of course, I was there 30 minutes early. When I walked into the client's office I lacked several details about the position that the pimp was supposed to have provided me with PRIOR to the interview.
The whole thing made me look bad - but it was not my fault.
Oh - and they failed to tell me about the TWO HOUR TECHNICAL INTERVIEW that the client ended up giving me! I had no idea it was so long & detailed, and the client told me to NOT logoff or leave the testing room. If I would have known I would have asked to use the restroom first. I thought I was going to pee in my pants.
Kevin
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It sounds like a real cluster?uck, Kevin. From beginning to end, led by the recruiter but not excluding the client.
I really love this kind of interview 'process'. I've walked out on one or two of them in good times. Don't care to work for a company that tries to hire through some kind of industrial process.
Personally my favorite process is to begin with a phone screen conducted by one of the client's technical guru's. This establishes everyone's bona-fides at minimal cost to both parties without making the candidate feel like a side of beef being inspected.....
 
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I've been interviewed with the pimp there. It wasn't RH.
They gain several ways.
They can later prepare other candidates for the same questions. I've been prepped this way.
They get to see the candidate in action.
 
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