In Reply to Parent Post by Jim Wynne
I guess it's hard to be picky these days, but it sure seems strange that an interview could be arranged without the candidate even knowing the industry, let alone the company and location. It seems like your recruiter is doing a disservice in both directions.
In Reply to Parent Post by Stijloor
This recruiter is afraid to lose the headhunter fee.
Although I'm usually the one to advise sidestepping gatekeepers, I "might" cut some slack here IF
the gatekeeper/recruiter delivers a WHOLE BUNDLE of data about the company, the interviewer, the situation (why is the job open? what happened to the previous guy? etc.) in plenty of time
for the candidate to prepare a job specific, company specific, industry specific, situation specific set of questions to ask and possible answers to give when the interviewer asks questions. Is this what the recruiter has done in the past? If so, then she deserves slack. If not and the identity and interview are disclosed and set within a day or so, the candidate is not getting a fair chance to make the best impression possible.
In general, think about why Deming's System of Profound Knowledge is usually good and what motive folks might have for keeping things secret.
In general, when a recruiter keeps company identity secret to the last minute, it means two things:
- recruiter does not have exclusive listing
- recruiter does not trust either company or candidate to keep him/her in the loop - as Jan implies, "earn and collect a fee!" (If the company hires the candidate, the recruiter has earned the fee; collecting it may be an entirely different thing.)