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Are All Recruiters Cunning Liars?

Posted on March 4th, 2015 by Gecko Recruitment

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Are All Recruiters Cunning Liars?

By Phil Dixon

How many times have you seen claims of honesty, transparency and integrity on recruitment company websites?

It reminds me of that Shakespeare’s quote in Hamlet “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” i.e. repeated attempts to persuade people that something is the case often have the opposite effect.

Some companies even go so far as to trumpet it as their USP: “We saw a gap in the market for an honest, transparent recruitment service….” It would be funny if it weren’t true. Really? A “gap” in the market?

So, following their logic, this means that everyone else are the bad guys. Inventing fake jobs for candidates, taking the retainer fee and running with it, producing a “bare bones” shortlist and claiming that they are the crème-de-la-crème.

No, that simply isn’t right. Our industry is filled with Recruitment Professionals (with a capital “p”) who go above and beyond the call of duty to find the best possible talent for their clients. There are the 5% that disproportionately give us a bad name, but why would we feed off that misplaced stereotype in our marketing?

We are actually making it worse for ourselves and the perception of our industry.

By saying that we are transparent, honest and “practically perfect in every way” (do you like what I did with the Mary Poppins reference?), we are condemning the rest of our industry to the scrap heap. They simply don’t belong there.

It is exactly the same in politics. At election time, the voters get fed up with the main parties slagging each other off rather than talking about their own policies. Maybe that is why people hate politicians so much? “They are a bunch of liars, but we will tell you the truth.” Food for thought. If everyone is claiming to be honest, who is lying?

The solution is simple. A decent standard of ethics in recruitment should be an assumed minimum. All us “decent” recruiters need to stop talking about how we differ from the negative majority and start talking about how we really make a difference to our candidates and our clients.

As it happens, I am a Rec to Rec recruiter. Recruiters are my candidates and my clients. I can say that in my experience the vast majority of Recruitment business owners and leaders are genuinely trying to run a business, which provides a first-class service. They strive to only employ staff who operate in an ethical and quality-driven manner. I can afford to choose not to work with the minority who operate in the shadows. It is impossible to ‘sell’ these businesses to my candidates. I just don’t do it. The ‘cowboy’ outfits will get found out on their own; and whilst they might still make money, they won’t retain the clients that you will.

I have the privilege of working with fantastic businesses and some inspirational recruitment leaders. You are all amazing. Let’s fix the terrible “sickness” in recruitment by not making such a big deal about being “better” than the “rest.”

As for me – here is my new mission statement. I think it needs some work.

I am almost always completely honest. If I am ever not completely transparent with you, then it is likely to be to protect your feelings – or stop you from considering suing my client who gave me some fairly brutal feedback on your interview performance. I will almost always keep my promises, but sometimes I might forget to do something as I am human – in which case I will put my hands up and apologise and try not to do it again. Some of my competitors won’t give you a great service, but some of them will. If you’re not happy with my service, then I will gladly tell you the good ones to work with.

I am not an “honest” recruiter. I am just a recruiter.

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