How recognise bad recruiters (and avoid bad companies)

A recruiter job is to find the right candidate for the right company and the right position, or at least that’s what he should do. A recruiter, like any other employees, could be unqualified or inexperienced. Maybe the company doesn’t have enough funds to pay an high skilled recruiter or it is an early stage startup. Whenever is the case, bad recruitment practices can tell a lot about the the company’s organisation and they give us a precious advice: “stay away from this company”.  In short, bad recruiters mean bad companies. 

Here we will explain some tips to recognise a bad recruiter and stay away from a bad company.


1. Stalking the candidates 

If a recruiter calls you at strange hours or it keeps contacting you, despite your lack of interest is crystal clear, just put him on a black list. This is amateur actions. It happens when he doesn’t know how to reach talented candidates, he is desperate to fill a vacant position and try to convince you to work for that company. Imagine what a messy company could be if they are recruiting unmotivated – or/and unqualified – personal to fill their positions.

You risk to join a disorganised environment and you’ll probably quit after few months.

2. Few or poor questions during the interview

A recruiter needs to check the candidate’s skills and his personality. A good recruiter know exactly what to do in order to verity the candidate’s profile and to guarantee a perfect match for the vacant position. He has to understand who you really are and if you are not bluffing about your credentials and your experience.

When the recruiter’s questions remain generic and he does little to prove your real skills few are the cases: he doesn’t really know what to do; he needs to fill the position very quickly; the company is disorganised.  

3. He forgot to call you

He set up an appointment for a x day at y time to a z location (to an office or on skype). He sent you an email and everything is written there, so you can’t be wrong. The x day come, you wait at the y time to call you, however minutes go by quickly and nothing happens. In the best case scenario he calls you one hour later to apologise for his delay; in other cases you call to remember him the appointment.

4. You ask questions about the company (and/or your career) and you receive generic answers 

Before signing a contract, you’d like to know if the company is solid, what are its plans for the future, your career prospects, etc. You have the right to ask these questions and the recruiter should reply to you accordingly.  If the recruiter doesn’t give clear answers you should seriously consider to quit and find a more serious company.