How to spot a bad recruitment agency


During this period where the NHS and Trusts are struggling to recruit enough Doctors, Nurses and other medical staff, it is vital to know who to trust and to stay clear of that bad recruitment agency. Your next move in the medical industry could be a vital one. So finding the right recruitment agency is vital. 

So what signs should you look out for? What things make a good or bad recruitment agency.

Is there a fee involved?

If your recruitment agent or agency attempts to charge you for their services, this is normally a warning flag. Recruitment agency fees are paid by the company or the institution that hires you, not the other way around. You should never sign a contract in which you agree to pay the recruitment agency, no matter how great their spiel is or how good the deal sounds.

Is Your Consultant Less Than Well Informed?

Then why are they a recruitment agent or consultant? Recruitment is a high pressure section in which competition is fierce and at a high level. If your consultant doesn’t sound well informed then they are not doing their job well and there will other agencies, recruitment consultants out there that will know. Don’t let a recruitment agent that is badly informed get you a worse deal. Remember the power is in your hands in this industry.

Are the easy with “Being Liberal with the Truth”?

Then what else will they be easy with? There are many stories on the internet and questions asked in forums about recruitment consultants who say it is fine to lie during an interview or on your CV about your personal or professional history. This basically makes you as unethical as the consultant. Stick to the truth and leave the consultant to come unstuck one day.

Are They Embarrassingly Overconfident?

The brash, in-your-face antics of some recruitment consultants can drive anyone crazy. Being overconfident to the point that they guarantee you the job is just arrogance. Nobody but the institution hiring you can make decisions that can guarantee you a job. After all, they’re just your initial representation, you have to go get the job.

Does Your Consultant Apply Too Much Pressure Toward Certain Jobs?

The role of a recruitment agency is to find you, your perfect role (or as close to that as possible.) It is not their role to steer you into a job that they need to fill and away from your needs and wants. You should always feel that you share a solid relationship with your consultant and that they are working in your best interest at all times.

Its not all that bad.

If you follow these 5 simple steps to find a good recruitment agency then you shouldn’t have a problem. There are more good recruitment agencies than bad ones, however keep an eye out.

If you are looking for your next role in the medical industry, if you have a specific job in mind, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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