What I love about recruiting is that every day I learn something new. Both good and bad. Would love your opinion about this.
About ten months ago, I got two fee paid assignments from a foreign company with offices in the US. One was a general manager, the other a director of digital. I placed both candidates.
Last week I got a call from one of the GM candidates. He had been approached by another recruiter to interview for a digital job, working for the new head of digital that I placed. He told me who the recruiter was and that he was going to meet with her on the 31st, prior to being submitted. Aside from being way too senior for the job (I had sent this person on the general manager spot), I didn’t think he was qualified for the digital spot, even thought I had not received the job specs.
I contacted both people I placed and they told me that they were hiring a fairly junior person ($125-140k) but were not using a recruiter. They both assured me that I would get any recruitment assignments. The candidate who had contacted me was in the $250k range.
The candidate called me today to say he had a ten minute meeting with the recruiter who was unsure of the assignment. However, prior to any interview or discussion, the recruiter asked him to sign a contract guarantying that only this recruiting firm could represent him at this company for a period of twelve months and that no matter what, he could not go to this firm through any other recruiter and, if he did, the recruitment firm would be his exclusive representative and be entitled to any fees.
I laughed. First, because the candidate was way over-qualified, second, because the recruiter did not have an assignment and, finally, because I thought that the candidate was a fool to have signed it and that the recruiter was pretty shady.
Have any of you ever heard of this? Is it legal? Is it ethical?