6 Dirty Little Secrets of Recruitment

6 Dirty Little Secrets of Recruitment
From Recruiter - March 2, 2017

The world of agency recruitment is a strange one. Recruiting employees on behalf of a company is an excitingprocess to be part of, but in this intermediary position, you often get exposed to the dirty little secrets companies strive to conceal.

There are many unethical practices still embedded in recruiting and hiring today, and Id like to shed some light on some of the main issues below:

1. Ageism, Sexism, and Racism

You name it, recruiters have come across it. Its disappointing to see a lot of companies and managers still holding theseprejudices. Examples range from managers conducting their own background checksi.e., using Facebook to ascertain the age of a potential employeeto resumes suddenly being rejected because a candidates name sounds foreign.Often, recruiters are told posts such as receptionists or admin. assistants would be better suited to female applicants, so dont bother sending any men. Conversely, a recruiter may be told that director of finance should really be a mans job.

Let me be clear: Agencies should always take a brief from their clients to clarify their recruitment needs. However, ageism, sexism, and racism have no place in the screening process. Recruitment consultants shouldnt have to choose betweenperpetuating a companys biases or refusing such requests and losing business as a result. This is 2017, and these discriminatory practices need to stop.

2. Poor Treatment of Temporary Workers

I specialized in the supply of temporary workers.The disparity between the ways they and the permanent staff were treated in some workplaces was astonishing. I saw temporary workers humiliated as examples to the other staff, consistently ignored by management, and ostracized completely from team dynamics.

Conversely, there were organizations who welcomed temporary workers whole-heartedly into their workforces, giving them tours, explaining company histories, and making a point to include them in all normal routineslike team meetings and nights out.

These employees may be temporary, buttheir impressions of your company can give othersrecruiters, friends, family members, and network contactsmore permanent, negative perceptions that damage your companys reputation.

Is it too much to ask that companies treat all staff equally and with a little care, temporary or not?

3. Lack of Professionalism

There can beproblems when you recruit new staff members, but professionalism should be maintained at all times. It is not appropriate for managers to complain torecruiters or other internal employees that a new hireisfat, lazy, or useless.


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