A Recent Graduate Guide to Interviewing with Third-Party Agencies.
A recent graduate asked us recently if we would be willing to share our thoughts on interviewing with third-party agencies. We considered it helpful to share those thoughts on our blog so that anyone else interested in working with a third party for recruitment purposes can benefit from some of the insight and advice we’ve picked up along the way.
Some businesses pay a third-party agency to find a college student or recent graduate to hire. Third-party organizations recruit on-campus or boot camps. They also publicize the company’s need at a career fairs. More often, they screen resumes sent by e-mail or the internet, and so on. Many colleges have their own recruitment center, which collaborates with these job placement companies and students. It would be beneficial for students to be aware of the concerns surrounding the operation of these job placement organizations.
Interviewing with a third- party agency can be quite different from interviewing with the company you want to work for directly. You will not have any contact with the hiring manager, so your interviewers will most likely be HR representatives or recruiters. They may also conduct group sessions, so it is important that you come prepared and keep an open mind.
In the current job market, it is likely that you will be interviewing with third-party agencies before a company directly. This guide will help you prepare for those interviews and give you an edge!
According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers, third-party recruiters are “agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment possibilities other than for their own needs”.
Be Aware of the following type of agencies when interviewing with Third-Party Agencies.
The following are the types of third-party recruiters:
Employment agencies: These organizations maintain a database of potential employers and employees. When a match is made, they charge. If you don’t see the words ‘fee paid’ anywhere in the contract, be sure that you understand who would be charged before accepting it.
Search Firms: A search firm is a company that is hired by an employer to find a candidate that meets the employer’s requirements.
Contract Recruiters: Employers engage them to represent them in the recruiting process on a contract basis.
Resume Referral Firms: As the name implies, these companies share their resume database with potential employers. The employer, the applicant, or both may be charged a fee.
Questions to Considerwhen interviewing with Third-Party Agencies.
Interviewing with third-party agencies does not absolve you of all obligations. Keep an eye on what’s going on and why things are the way they are. After all, it’s your livelihood on the line. Ask inquiries about everything that makes you puzzled, no matter how foolish they may seem. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand. If required, seek legal advice.
Some of the questions that you should know the answers to when interviewing with third-party agencies are listed below:
How many positions are there in my field of interest that have yet to be filled? Keep track of the number of positions available as much as possible. Try to determine whether your resume is being considered for the job or is simply being stored in a database whose volume the recruitment agency is attempting to boost using this information. This occurs frequently, as the size of third-party agencies’ databases acts as a powerful magnet to entice people to seek their services.
Is there any sort of discrimination in the application process? If there is any possibility you won’t be chosen simply on the basis of nationality, race, color, or other factors if you meet the requirements?
Before you sign a contract, find out if you have to pay the agent a fee.
When Interviewing with Third-Party Agencies, Here Are Some Tips to Avoid Recruitment Scams
While there are numerous legitimate employment opportunities that exist, there is also a large number of scams. It is important to remember that recruiters who reach out to you through email or social media may not be who they claim to be. If a recruiter asks for money in order for you to obtain a job, please report it immediately.
Email application forms requesting personal information are mailed to the prospective employee. This requested information includes bank account information, and in some instances, they are being guaranteed jobs. Some scammers have registered on some recruitment websites as employers. Some are creating phishing sites to circulate fake and fictitious job advertisements. The advertisements ask applicants to contact a particular email address if they wish to apply for the job.
Recruitment scams are becoming a common occurrence these days. It’s sad that scammers prey on the hopes and dreams of job seekers. Sadly, scammers are aware that desperation leads to vulnerability. So, they take advantage of this by promising lucrative jobs in return for fees. The only catch is that there is no actual job at the end of it all!
What to do when looking for a job.
When looking for a job, you can never be too careful. There are many scams and frauds out there who will take advantage of your desire to find a great job.
Recruitment scams can be hard to spot. There are, however, several signs that can help you determine whether or not an opportunity is a scam. Here are some tips to avoid recruitment scams so that you can find the job of your dreams!
It is a difficult and emotional process to find a job, especially for those not currently employed. This is not the time to be reckless with your decisions. Keep a close eye on every application you submit. Keep an eye out for any warning indicators or red flags.
Simple warning indicators include getting an online job post that instructs you to contact an email address. This is especially if it does not match the name of the firm that is recruiting. Dismiss the employment advertisement and report it to the appropriate authorities, recruitment site, or law enforcement agency. Allow relevant authorities to take necessary action.
Another red flag is if you receive an unsolicited recruitment email or job offers from someone you don’t know or a job you didn’t apply for. Ignore all unsolicited job offers that you cannot trace the source.
Take precautions to avoid being a victim of a job scam.
Recruitment scams are becoming more common online, with phony job adverts and websites, as well as unsolicited emails purporting to be from a legitimate organization. The con is usually carried out in stages: you may be requested to fill out an application form that requests personal information, and then you’ll be offered a job. The fraudster may next ask for bank account information or money, for example, to cover visas or other immigration documents. The mail can be from Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo accounts. It can also be from a similar domain name to a real company. Instead of having an official phone number, they may give a phone number that starts with +44(0)7.
Report any suspicious emails or job adverts to the appropriate organization’s contact so that the job can be verified.
Keep a copy of the suspicious email for future reference.
Contact your local police department and present them with all relevant information. This includes the scam email, any documents attached to the emails, and all correspondence.
Do not pay money to third-party recruiters. Genuine recruiters or third-party recruiting firms, such as JustJobsNG, would never solicit you for money or payment throughout the job application process.
Do not respond to unsolicited emails about employment openings.
Don’t give out any personal or financial information. Examples are your bank account number, credit/debit card number, immigration status, or address.
Take the following precautions to protect yourself from job scams.
This is before accepting a job offer, and especially before paying for one:
Conduct an internet search.
Look up the company’s or person’s name, as well as the words “scam,” “review,” or “complaint” in the search engine.
It’s possible you’ll discover they’ve conned others.
Speak with someone you can trust.
Give them a description of the offer. What are their opinions?
This also gives you valuable time to consider the offer.
Never pay for the assurance of a job.
Responsible and legitimate employers will never ask you to pay to get a job.
Anyone who does so is a con artist.
Never put your faith in a “cleared” check.
That is a check scam. The check will bounce, and the bank will demand payment for the amount of the counterfeit check.
There is hope and excitement at the possibility of a new job. Scammers prey on this excitement to look for their next victim. By following these tips, you should be able to avoid most recruitment scams. With careful consideration, you will find legitimate work opportunities that will help you advance your career!