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Hi Forum!

Just a quick question: Often I got contacted by recruiters for an open position. Often these recruiters don't bother reading my profile and offer a position which isn't a good fit. After I politely decline, they offer to help me with my recruitment needs for my team.

I consider this highly unprofessional, or is this the standard case with recruiters. How do you respond?

Best,
Dave

donm's picture

Just say, "No, thank you." Their job is to sell. To sell, one needs a product or service and a buyer. Since you won't be the product, the recruiter is seeing if you might be a buyer. What do they have to lose? You weren't a client before they asked. If you say, "No," you still aren't a client.

Unprofessional? Not really. They're just doing their jobs, looking for more clients or buyers.

jrb3's picture

Just pleasantly say "no thank you", and not knowingly take their calls afterwards.  After all, if he matches poorly for me the candidate, why must I expect he'll match well for me the hiring manager?  [/me shakes head sadly]

Not sure how common this behavior is with recruiters in general.  I only notice the ones who don't dismiss themselves.  >:-)