Look for the tinfoil hat!! LOL,LOL,LOL.
Eric Beauford said:We have traced the responses to this thread and they are coming from inside the house!
Did we ever decide if head hunting is ethical?
Does A Duck Have A "Water-Tight" Ass?
I haven't had to tell a lie to get past gatekeepers. And I'm not religious so it's a non issue.
BTW, I was corporate HR for 13 years and raided all the time! Don't fool yourself thinking we aren't adding that value. Not everyone WILL do it, but my teams always did.
Fortunately, today, we've societally "evolved" to self-indulgent morally relative situational ethics, so no longer need to ask that question regarding gatekeepers, unlike 32 years ago when I became a 3rd party recruiter.
As a 10 Commandment (not chapter and verse) traditional Reform Jew married to a Catholic/Italian balancing morality with our "evolved" world I wouldn't say I lie to gatekeepers--just not completely forthcoming on the true intent of the phone call. Usually a "confidential" matter only able to be discussed and that they'd "likely" remember a previous interaction qualifying that response ever so slightly. All's fair in love, war, and in business protecting your family........right?
As an Executive recruiter I offer an opportunity and nothing more. The decision is theirs! I will never twist, manipulate, or force someone to take my job. Over 15 years I have had more thanks than anything!
The fact is, you do not have to be dishonest to successfully recruit.
It's just the path of least resistance for many, though for my money the truth is easier to remember.