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No. 7: Uncooperative/Withholding information

Top 10 Recruiters’ Peeve No. 7: Uncooperative/Withholding information

Many job seekers understand that an external recruiter could help them to get a job.  They are willing to share experiences and information with us so that we are able to match them to the right roles and highlight their best aspects.  However, not all candidates are cooperative.

Scenario 1:          When we call an applicant for a chat, many will say: “Please go through my cv, you can get all the information there”.  With that, they wanted to cut short the conversation and probably thinking that we are so silly to call.

Scenario 2:          We also meet candidates who simply refuse to divulge current or expected remuneration packages.  They feel that it is simply too early or are uncomfortable to reveal such confidential information.

Scenario 3:          This is rare, but some of them think that if the next employer treasures his/her experience and skills, they will offer a good package even without knowing his current drawn salary.  They do not mind going through many interviews and hassle to find that good employer.

Scenario 1. Please go through my cv…
Candidates’ reasons:
  • No time to talk
  • Rushing for a project
  • Feels irritated after receiving numerous calls from recruiters
  • Simply not interested to explore new opportunities anymore.
What you should do:
  • If the recruiter calls you at the wrong time, let them know that you cannot talk at the moment and ask them to call you back.
  • If you have found a job, simply tell them so.
  • In order for recruiters to “sell” you well, it is important that you address all questions (other than personal ones) that they have.
Scenario 2. Refuse to divulge current or expected remuneration packages
Candidates’ reasons:
  • Do not trust the recruiter
  • May be either too highly-paid or too under-paid and do not wish this information to get into the way of securing a higher pay or a job.
What you should do:
  • Do not worry about confidentiality as there is an unspoken rule that we need to keep all job seekers’ information confidential.
  • If you think that you are under paid, try asking the recruiter to help you bring your salary to the market level. Experienced recruiters will be able to advice on this.
Scenario 3. Waiting for a good employer
Candidates’ reasons:
  • These job seekers have a notion that if they find a good employer, without knowing his/her last drawn salary, the employer will be fair and pay him a good market rate.
What you should do:
  • This is an idealistic thought.  HR departments would require salary information such as pay slips to be presented when they work out a package.
  • HR could also do reference and background checks on you.
  • It is almost impossible to get an offer without revealing your past experience and information.

Whatever the reasons, it is very important for recruiters to know our candidates well before we can confidently recommend them to our clients.  When candidates withhold information, we will be puzzled and feel uncomfortable representing them.  In most cases, we will choose to drop them from our list.


No. 8: Applying To A Job That He/She Is Not Looking For

Top 10 Recruiters’ Peeve No. 8: Applying to a job that he/she is not looking for

We welcome all job applications – the more the merrier.  But sometimes, we get applicants who qualify for a job but do not want the role.  For some reasons, these applicants responded to a job advertisement with a notion that the job scope could still be changed. 

For example, the advertisement for a software engineer attracted an IT graduate.  He applied to the job.  When he was called up for interview, he told the recruiter that he does not like to do programming i.e. software engineer role and prefers Business Analyst or Project Coordination roles.  Another candidate applied to an IT specialist role.  He was well qualified for the job, but when called up, he rejected the role, citing that he wish to progress to a higher level such as a Project Manager. 

If the motive of these candidates is to attract recruiter’s attention, then there are better ways to do it:

1. Have a clear career objective in your resume.  This objective should tell us your areas of interest as well as how you think you could contribute in those areas.  Recruiters will pick up these points.

2. Instead of applying to that particular job which was advertised, if you think the recruiter may be able to help you in getting a related job, indicate your intentions – upfront – in your application.  Most recruiters would be able to keep a look out for you.