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Why Won’t a Recruiter Tell Me Who Their Client Is? | No BS Job Search Advice

Why Won’t a Recruiter Tell Me Who Their Client Is? | No BS Job Search Advice

1002 They want to meet with me to discuss the job and won’t tell me who their client is.


Here's a question I received. "What does it mean when a recruiter won't tell me the name of the company that they are represented?" They want to meet with you 1st before talking with me in detail about the job.

I am not going to talk about ethics here because, even though you may think it is unethical, it is actually a non-issue. It is what the issue is from the recruiter's perspective. (1) You may attempt to circumvent them before they have a chance to talk with you about the job. By circumventing, I'm referring to you taking the information and apply directly to the firm and they are out $20,000, $25,000, $30,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000 in fees all because, frankly, there are some people out there, not saying you, but there are some people out there who are swine. They are awful contemptible people who think it is smart to steal things from others and cheat them out of what they rightly deserve. That is one issue.

Another one is control. The desire to meet with you is indicative of control. They want to control the situation. They are between you and their client so they want to see you 1st and assess you 1st before revealing anything further. That's 1/2 step down from "I won't tell you anything because I'm afraid you were going to steal from me." They are open to meeting with you and discuss it with you in person after they have a chance to evaluate you..

Another thing is, frankly, what's in it for them? Perhaps they have a client who's brand is not very positive and they can talk with you in person and excite you about the job and then reveal it is this firm that is a pretty bad reputation in the market but has a unique opportunity.

Those are a couple of reasons why recruiters do it. There are many more but these are to be the top 3 reasons


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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