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The temptation while in a job search mode is to do everything you can to land a new position. However, you might be letting your guard down and giving too much information to recruiters.
For many people, especially those in technology, recruiters are an invaluable resource. However, as with any interpersonal situation, you need to be aware of their agenda.
On the surface, it seems simple. You need to find a position, companies need to fill positions and recruiters help make those matches. The problem with the recruiting industry is that it is a cut throat, breakneck paced environment. When an open position becomes available, dozens of recruiters scramble to send their candidates to the hiring company.
A recruiter will contact you to get a feel if you are hireable or not. In many cases, they aren’t very strict about screening applicants. It is a numbers game.
The interactions are intense, short and short lived. If they don’t submit you for a job, they are moving on.
One thing to consider is “what is valuable to recruiters?” The answer is simply Information. They need information about openings, companies, hiring managers, other recruiters and anything else that will help them close additional sales. I should note that this is not meant to disparage recruiters in any way, it is simply an observation of the industry.
Recruiters spend every day contacting hiring managers and job seekers. That gives them an advantage in gaining information from job seekers. Unfortunately job seekers, myself included, don’t realize that “You have the right to remain silent, any information you give might hurt your job search”
There are two areas where this applies: Questions about the current status of your job search and a request for references.
Try to determine the agenda and motivation of the recruiters with whom you are interacting.
I noticed that a few recruiters were always asking about my progress. Who was I interviewing with, do I have interviews lined up etc. On first glance, this seems innocent and not detrimental to my efforts. There is a human need to impress so you share details about the phone screen you had with xyz company earlier in the day.. THAT COULD HURT YOU.
Here is a possible scenario.
You have the right to remain silent. Any information you give may be used by the recruiter to get their candidate submitted for the position you interviewed for
How do you handle recruiters asking about your job search?
I’ve noticed a trend where some of the more production oriented companies are asking for references before you are even submitted for something. On the surface that seems ok, but let’s try to look at how that information can be used. Keep in mind that references are a valuable asset for a job seeker. You don’t want to do anything that could cause you to lose a reference or get them annoyed with you.
When you supply references, you are giving the recruiters some fresh leads.
Not providing references could cost you an interview opportunity. When a company asks for a reference try to determine a couple of things.
How do you handle recruiters asking for references?
You don’t want put a tinfoil hat on while conducting your job search. However, everything is not always as it seems. Information is power. Don’t give it away indiscriminately.
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