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how safe is to give the SSN in first conversation with the recruiter?

 
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how safe is to give the SSN in first conversation with the recruiter?

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A recruiter has no business with your SSN. You should only give your SSN to your employer on your first day on the job.
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Hello,
Some recruiters want to have your SSN for screening your profile, creative ones find different ways to do it. The problem is what if your deal fell through, he/she may have the urge to recoup the lost time by selling your to high bidder.
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I've never given my SSN to any recruiter. I wouldn't give it to them. I would be wary or anyone who asks for it. Even if this is common practice among some companies, it's also common practice among theives, can you tell the difference after one meeting? I would do a background check on the company before giving it to them.
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Never give out such info without a very valid reason.
That effectively means don't give it until you're at least in the last phase of the recruitment process and then only when a background check (for example for a security clearance) is required.
Otherwise only give it out to human resources after you're hired because they need it for paying taxes and social security premiums.
 
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This was asked about a month or 2 back. What kind of recruiter? There is a known problem with bogus "recruiters" posting web pages that you have to fill out with personal info (including SSN) that they then use to commit identity theft.
So in addition to not providing a job, they ruin your finances, credit rating and reputation.
 
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