Identifying Fake Recruiters

Identifying Fake Recruiters

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Recruiters have always been the matchmakers, helping the job seekers and employers find the right match. Their role is critical though sometimes they might not be all that straight forward:

1. Advertising positions which do not exist

Some of the jobs advertised are not for real positions. These are generic adverts to fill up the agency’s database with candidate records that may of use at a later stage. When the applicants realise that theiraspirations and efforts towards the phantom position were a waste, it leaves a bitter taste in their mouth.

2. Reverse marketing

Some of the job consultants first interview candidates and then go out to sell them to potential clients. Though it could eventually benefit the applicants as well as the agency, it is important to maintain transparency with the job seeker.

3. Not being honest about the pay

Usually the agents have a set commission from the temporary candidates being placed. So when someone is being placed at an hourly rate of $50 the agency might give them just half of that. The candidates who aren’t aware of the market (say they are new to the place) or are in need of job would go ahead with the contract.

Some of the ways job hunters can prevent fraud are:

  • Investigating about the recruitment agency and recruitment consultants’ background, reputation in the market
  • Trying to know as many details regarding the role as possible – name of the client, location and exact job description
  • If possible, going through the employer’s internal recruitment team as they too would be focussed on filling the position with a deserving candidate
  • Being aware of the salary surveys / guides to know their market value
  • Refraining from sharing any identity documents before joining in.

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