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Bad Behavior

Postby republique » Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:20 pm

Just had a really bad experience with a recruitment agency, they specialize in recruiting IT professionals in the Insurance industry.
Recruiter submitted my CV. Client shortlisted me with 2 other candidates and requested interview. Recruiter called me to arrange interview time. I sometimes work outside of the UK so I requested a date one week later because the airfare would be significantly cheaper. Recruiter claimed the client must interview 1 day shy of the 1 week as they would decide from that interview to employ someone and wanted someone to start the next week. One interviewee went in day before me. I email recruiter for some feedback from that interviewee's experience. Recruiter now informs me that there is another round of interviews if it is successful. I express dissatisfaction that somehow one round has become two rounds. Recruiter tells me to not to bother going to the interviewer if I am unhappy. I tell recruiter, it is too late to suggest I don't go as I already changed my schedule around, bought tickets so I will proceed. I email back that I'd appreciate that the recruiter not make comments like don't go when I have changed my schedule and paid lots of money, that it only upsets me further and since the recruiter doesn't seem to have any consideration for my concerns that it is better that the recruiter not call me as it will only wind me up before the interview. Recruiter calls me anyway the morning of interviewer to tell me again to not to attend. I remind recruiter that I flew back into the country and have already committed myself so it makes no sense to cancel so I will attend. Recruiter begins some speech about how she doesn't like my attitude and its not good for the interview. I tell recruiter that she put me in a foul mood with lack of consideration and insensitivity and if the agency would like to reimburse me for my costs that is the only basis of me not attending the interview. Of course agency refuses reimbursement so I again confirm my attendance to the interview and the desire to be left alone as the conversation is not improving my mood. Recruiter continues to brag about his 20 years of experience and ability. I tell recruiter it is impossible to have an immediate start with 2 rounds of interview and that recruiter either lied when I was told the interview had to be done by a certain date due to immediate start or the recruiter failed to do due diligence in understanding the complete process but at the end of day there was no concern for the candidate. And as such, either the recruiter should hold his hand up and apologize or at least stop insisting that I not attend the interview because I have expressed distaste from being surprised by the change of story. In any case, the phone conversation turned into a nasty argument on the phone but recruiters can be very slimy.
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Re: Bad Behavior

Postby ChetanOjha » Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:29 pm

Was is Pathway resourcing? Had unpleasant experience with Pathway in past when they called refrees to push their candidates.
republique wrote:Just had a really bad experience with a recruitment agency, they specialize in recruiting IT professionals in the Insurance industry.
Recruiter submitted my CV. Client shortlisted me with 2 other candidates and requested interview. Recruiter called me to arrange interview time. I sometimes work outside of the UK so I requested a date one week later because the airfare would be significantly cheaper. Recruiter claimed the client must interview 1 day shy of the 1 week as they would decide from that interview to employ someone and wanted someone to start the next week. One interviewee went in day before me. I email recruiter for some feedback from that interviewee's experience. Recruiter now informs me that there is another round of interviews if it is successful. I express dissatisfaction that somehow one round has become two rounds. Recruiter tells me to not to bother going to the interviewer if I am unhappy. I tell recruiter, it is too late to suggest I don't go as I already changed my schedule around, bought tickets so I will proceed. I email back that I'd appreciate that the recruiter not make comments like don't go when I have changed my schedule and paid lots of money, that it only upsets me further and since the recruiter doesn't seem to have any consideration for my concerns that it is better that the recruiter not call me as it will only wind me up before the interview. Recruiter calls me anyway the morning of interviewer to tell me again to not to attend. I remind recruiter that I flew back into the country and have already committed myself so it makes no sense to cancel so I will attend. Recruiter begins some speech about how she doesn't like my attitude and its not good for the interview. I tell recruiter that she put me in a foul mood with lack of consideration and insensitivity and if the agency would like to reimburse me for my costs that is the only basis of me not attending the interview. Of course agency refuses reimbursement so I again confirm my attendance to the interview and the desire to be left alone as the conversation is not improving my mood. Recruiter continues to brag about his 20 years of experience and ability. I tell recruiter it is impossible to have an immediate start with 2 rounds of interview and that recruiter either lied when I was told the interview had to be done by a certain date due to immediate start or the recruiter failed to do due diligence in understanding the complete process but at the end of day there was no concern for the candidate. And as such, either the recruiter should hold his hand up and apologize or at least stop insisting that I not attend the interview because I have expressed distaste from being surprised by the change of story. In any case, the phone conversation turned into a nasty argument on the phone but recruiters can be very slimy.
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Re: Bad Behavior

Postby republique » Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:13 pm

chetanojha wrote:Was is Pathway resourcing? Had unpleasant experience with in past when they called refrees to push their candidates.

No but I tend to not specify agencies on the board. If you pm me I will tell you and anyone else who asks.
While that is distasteful, I think screwing with people's money is worse.
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Re: Bad Behavior

Postby ChetanOjha » Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:28 pm

republique wrote:
chetanojha wrote:Was is Pathway resourcing? Had unpleasant experience with in past when they called refrees to push their candidates.

No but I tend to not specify agencies on the board. If you pm me I will tell you and anyone else who asks.
While that is distasteful, I think screwing with people's money is worse.

I think specifying rouge traders in the forum will alert other people. Other people may get hit by these people too.
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Re: Bad Behavior

Postby republique » Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:45 pm

chetanojha wrote:
republique wrote:
chetanojha wrote:Was is Pathway resourcing? Had unpleasant experience with in past when they called refrees to push their candidates.

No but I tend to not specify agencies on the board. If you pm me I will tell you and anyone else who asks.
While that is distasteful, I think screwing with people's money is worse.

I think specifying rouge traders in the forum will alert other people. Other people may get hit by these people too.

Yes but the problem is false allegations. And the board need not be troubled by bad experiences and legal issues which is why it should be taken offline and as I said before I am happy to share the name via PM.
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Postby nm » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:01 pm

There should be a lot of care needs to be taken while applying i feel..
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Thanks for sharing the bad employer experience

Postby ptrjakson » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:20 pm

Thanks for sharing the bad employer experience with forum members .The post will help members to be alert avoid cheating.
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Thanks for the sharing your experience

Postby ptrjakson » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:57 am

Thanks for the sharing your experience
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Postby wunder » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:33 pm

I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding in this thread...

It's true that you should never give out information about your interviews or references to agents until the actual need arises (aka job offer). However if the agent tries to get this information - it does not mean that the agent or the agency is bad quality! I know for a fact that even large agencies have special people to do this information gathering/fishing.

Answer politely that you don't have any other interviews (even if you do), or that you cannot say the name of the company as you promised not to to the other agency, etc. You never know who will bring you the job and it might as well be one of those agents/agencies - I have a personal experience of getting a great job through one of those.

It sucks, but you have to live with it.
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Re: Thanks for the sharing your experience

Postby Dr Logic » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:41 am

ptrjakson wrote:Thanks for the sharing your experience



Admin please delet the signature of 'ptrjakson'. Its an advertisment..............
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Postby Dr Logic » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:43 am

girlinLondon wrote:
nileshratan wrote:Go for the interview. You have nothing to lose :)

Ask them if they can make it permanent.

What kind of work does it involve. I ask this as I have seen contractors working for non-stop 8 years in contract in some companies.

Your contract may get extended.


Thank you for the response.

The role is for a UAT analyst. I am a Test Analyst.



DONT FORWARD YOUR DETAILS ( NINO, DOB, ADDRESS ETC ) TO bad quality AGENTS AS THEY WILL MISUSE YOU INFORMATION. BE AWARE.
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Postby Tim555 » Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:30 am

Dr Logic wrote:
girlinLondon wrote:
nileshratan wrote:Go for the interview. You have nothing to lose :)

Ask them if they can make it permanent.

What kind of work does it involve. I ask this as I have seen contractors working for non-stop 8 years in contract in some companies.

Your contract may get extended.


Thank you for the response.

The role is for a UAT analyst. I am a Test Analyst.



DONT FORWARD YOUR DETAILS ( NINO, DOB, ADDRESS ETC ) TO bad quality AGENTS AS THEY WILL MISUSE YOU INFORMATION. BE AWARE.


Agreed
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URGENT

Postby jaykon » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:38 pm

Hi every1,
im new to this place.
Please, i have a question to ask
I am a doctor,I am not in the uk and i have been passing my cv round to uk agencies.
There is this agency i contacted, they have a website,they took my cv and all plus references.
I spoke with them and they said i must pay 1,000 pounds as a fee.
i do not want to put the agency on here just incase but please how can i find out if an agency is bad quality or real?
What are the reputable medical agencies for an img doctor??
Thank you.
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Postby pyke » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:13 pm

wunder wrote:Answer politely that you don't have any other interviews (even if you do)


I tend to agree, except that has gotten me into a sticky situation. I had told an agent that I had none. They told me that they had a suitable one for me, except that I had already been sent there by another agency. Sometimes you do get caught up in lies.

What would you recommend if that happens?
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Postby gainvidya » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:55 pm

pyke wrote:
wunder wrote:Answer politely that you don't have any other interviews (even if you do)


I tend to agree, except that has gotten me into a sticky situation. I had told an agent that I had none. They told me that they had a suitable one for me, except that I had already been sent there by another agency. Sometimes you do get caught up in lies.

What would you recommend if that happens?


If you have an interview then be honest that you have one. But dont give them detail of it.
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Postby pyke » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:07 pm

pyke wrote:Thanks Nshar1. Yes, that's a great idea. We should compile a list of good and unscrupulous agents here.

I retract that. It's against the rules.
http://www.immigrationboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=24539

My apologies.


Unfortunately we can't do that. Liability issues.
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Postby wunder » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:11 pm

pyke wrote:I tend to agree, except that has gotten me into a sticky situation. I had told an agent that I had none. They told me that they had a suitable one for me, except that I had already been sent there by another agency. Sometimes you do get caught up in lies.

What would you recommend if that happens?


Tell them that the agency did not tell you the name of the company your CV was sent to. They do it all the time.

Then again, more often than not it will be the agents that will be caught in their lies :lol:
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Postby kenfrapin » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:21 pm

As Wunder just so rightly said - just be open to the agency. After all, you are telling them the truth so dont worry too much about it

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Postby cochin007 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:04 am

TOo late... I told one agent all these details .. None of the agents tell about their client.. But they ask where we have applied .. Now onwards I wont disclose anything to these Frauds.. Many doest have any jobs and they just call and nothing happens after that call...
How do we distinguish.. Thats yet to be seen
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