Let's have your stories about those lovable souls we call recruitment consultants. Here's mine. A friend had 2 years exp in a relatively uncommon language. One day his boss Mr A calls him into the office to see if he is happy etc.... Turns out my friends CV had been sent to Mr B, a manager at another comapny using the same unusual language. However Mr A and Mr B were very good friends, that's how Mr A found out about it! My friend hadn't applied for the job and the agent had just decided to send his CV out on his behalf, even though she had placed him with Mr A not so long before! When my friend called to complain she said he would never get anywhere if he was not willing to better himself etc!!! no apology.
And that is a true story. These recruitment "pros" have some cheeck.
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Another common malpractice is posting of large amounts of fake job openings in order to harvest CVs and make your company look bigger than it really is. People that apply to those jobs are given standard rejection notices and added to the databaase of the recruiter (who can then boast to his customers of the large size of his portfolio). Some might even get a real offer at some point, but usually not. Another issue that surfaced here last year is recruiters that start fake outsourcing companies (under the name of an accomplice) for which they hire people (who have to pay a hefty fee for the services of the recruiter). After the 1 month trial period is over (at a salary a lot lower than the recruiter's fee of course) the victim is fired again.
Recruiters cooperate with some clients in another honorable practice. Some consultantcy companies boast that they take only the cream and 'prove' it by interviewing many people whom they then reject. It's obvious that they are 'interviewing'many people whom they have no serious intent to hire, incurring expense to the candidate. A vampiric practice.
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