More Unethical Headhunters And How To Protect Yourself From One

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Let’s get one thing straight: there are a lot of great external recruiters/headhunters out there. But for every great recruiter, there are plenty of horror stories, too. In that spirit, we offer this cautionary tale from Nick Corcodilos’s Ask The Headhunter newsletter. Essentially, a jobseeker got an offer from a great company, and then “her” headhunter sent the company a bill. The company then backed out, saying their policy excludes headhunters. What the heck? First of all, this sucks, and second of all, how did this happen?

Corcodilos responds, and it isn’t pretty. Turns out, there’s really no way for a company to get to the offer stage not know that a potential employee is working with a headhunter—unless the recruiter didn’t have a contract with said company and was hoping to “surprise” the company into paying a fee. Unethical? Totally.

This unsavory character was banking on the company paying him a fee when his unauthorized submission of your daughter’s resume resulted in a job offer. The company wisely called his bluff and rescinded the offer.

Now what?

Drop the “unsavory character like a hot potato,” Corcodilos advises. Call the company and explain what happened and ask for the company’s side. (Though he doesn’t imply that the jobseeker could get that job offer back, it’s good to clear the air.) And when applying to new jobs, Corcodilos advises being upfront in the application and stating that there’s no headhunter involved, because word can travel.

What an icky situation.