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Old 11-16-2018, 02:59 PM
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Hi guys,

I know there's another thread with Wesley talking about recruiters from a while ago, but this is my first time using a recruiter ever and I want to get some feedback regarding this specific recruiter. I'm noticing some strange things, but I'm not sure if this is common with recruiters.

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-she seems to work hard to connect me with companies, so far resulting in one interview in the span of one week.
-she gives constructive feedback on my responses to practice interview questions.
-she's reachable with quick replies of email and calls.

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-the biggest problem I have with her is she comes off as kind of rude. 99% of the time she'll cut me off when I'm speaking or try to end the conversation without letting me ask questions.
-she calls/email me well past midnight (even though I'm free) and makes me remind her on her responsibilities. For example, she'll tell me to call her at 1am if I don't hear from her regarding setting up interviews.
-she asks very private information, some of which I didn't give. Current salary, what my gf's occupation (wtf?), when I plan to get married, etc.
-she think she's right when I disagree with her. I told her a reasonable range of salary I'm expecting straight from the midpoint of DWSimpson and she argues that I'm expecting too much. She spent 30 minutes trying to look up commute times from my home to work given her travel experiences, even when I told her she's way off and I literally looked it up on Googlemaps as we spoke.

So what do you guys think? Please also PM me if it sounds like you've worked with this recruiter before based on the description.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:05 PM
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I am willing to wager several people on this forum can guess who you are talking about.

And I use the term guess very loosely.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:07 PM
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I am willing to wager several people on this forum can guess who you are talking about.

And I use the term guess very loosely.
Is that a good or bad thing?
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:20 PM
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wow wtf. Is this real life
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:21 PM
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you should just ditch her dude. Seems reallyy strange.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:35 PM
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-she asks very private information, some of which I didn't give. Current salary, what my gf's occupation (wtf?), when I plan to get married, etc.
Some of this is pretty relevant. Current salary makes a lot of sense. If the new company wants to pay a lot less than what you’re making now, she probably doesn’t want to run it by you as an option.

As for the girlfriend’s occupation and plans for marriage, this can play a role if relocation is a factor. If she’s a teacher, she can do that anywhere, but if she’s in finance, the recruiter is probably wasting her time asking you about roles in the middle of nowhere. Asking about marriage plans is probably just an awkward way of asking how serious the relationship is. If you found your dream job 500 miles from where you live now, would your girlfriend go with you? A wife or fiancee probably would, but a girlfriend that you’ve only been dating for a few months might prefer to break it off.

It might be awkward for you, but having a candid conversation here is a great way for her to really understand your preferences so that she presents only the most relevant opportunities. You don’t want your recruiter to waste time gathering information on a role in Topeka, Kansas if you’ve got a serious girlfriend that refuses to leave NYC. If you’re open to relocation and the relationship isn’t as serious though, maybe the Topeka role is a great fit for you. Taking a new job is a major life step, especially if you’re relocating to a new city. Volunteering some personal information here is probably helpful if it allows her to give you more tailored information. What’s the worst thing that happens by giving her that info?

The 1am thing is really weird though. Maybe just a timezone thing?
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:42 PM
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Is that a good or bad thing?
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The 1am thing is really weird though. Maybe just a timezone thing?
The 1AM was what MooBeay meant. Apparently the person has been doing business this way for a long time. And, just to be clear, doing this with people who don't want calls at that hour is definitely a red flag.

Find a different recruiter who is willing to call at a time convenient for you. Who will listen to you. And then answer the other questions that I didn't quote from non-act.
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The late night calls...where is this recruiter located? Sounds like she's on the other side of the planet. That alone would give me pause.
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The 1AM was what MooBeay meant. Apparently the person has been doing business this way for a long time. And, just to be clear, doing this with people who don't want calls at that hour is definitely a red flag.

Find a different recruiter who is willing to call at a time convenient for you. Who will listen to you. And then answer the other questions that I didn't quote from non-act.
Just to clarify, I don't mind getting calls at 1am and I told her in advance as well. However, I'm getting the impression that her time is more valuable than my time since she talks 90% of the time and is telling me to remind her of her own duties.

The recruiter and I are within 1 hour time zones.
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Most of these seem like minor inconveniences in the grand scheme of things, if she gets you the job you want. However, if she helps you land an offer but won't fight for the salary you want, that would seem to dwarf anything you like or don't like about her. I could be misunderstanding the salary negotiations, never really been through them.

Personality-wise, I have encountered more recruiters I would describe as "a little weird" than those I'd describe as "polished." Sometimes it's just the personality type that gravitates to such a job. I would just try to follow your instincts as to whether the quirks are best ignored or are indicative of a deficiency as your advocate.
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