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  • Should I let a recruiter accept offers on my behalf?

    I currently have a job, but it’s not really that interesting. A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a recruitment firm about a permanent position. I have had a telephone screening and an in-person meeting that have both gone pretty well. I was informed that I would need to have another meeting before any sort of official offer and that they would get in contact with me. The recruiter ended up calling me shortly after this in-person meeting, asking for me to sign an agreement that would basically allow them to accept offers on my behalf. I cannot see how letting someone else accept an offer on my behalf would be good. I haven’t even had the final meeting and may not like the person that I will have to answer to.

    Have any of you had such a request to sign something like this? If you did, in what way did you handle the situation?

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    Remember who's paying the recruiter. If it's not you, then there's NO WAY they're looking out for your interest - they're looking out for the interest of the one who's writing the check. Giving them the power to make agreements on your behalf would be foolhardy.

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    Agree with Mark (or Steve? ;) Don't give them this type of power or you may end up with a job offer that's outside of your interests.

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    Thank you Mark! I'm OP. I had a long talk with my recruiter over like 2 weeks, and eventually got rid of him. It was scary, I thought I would lose those offers and I'd be on some list...

    I ended up rejecting the offers that the recruiter had got for me, as there was some weird contract stuff in there that my friend found when she looked them over. I got a new offer from one of those companies and they had a better time talking with me instead anyway. I'm not as good of a negotiator as my old recruiter was, so the offer wasn't as much. But now the company doesn't have to pay a recruiter and I got to accept what I think is acceptable.

    My only question is, what would I say to my old recruiter if he were to see I'm working for a company that he got me the original offer? I didn't use his contract or that offer, but I AM working here now probably only because my old recruiter found this place for me. Again, thank you Mark!

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    I see that no one responded to you so I wanted to help!

    By now, that recruiter either saw you had the job or not. If so, you probably addressed the situation. You tell him, "I'm sorry, the terms of our agreement didn't work out."

    Plain and simple. He got you the job, he required that you sign some unnecessary paperwork, and you didn't move forward for obvious reasons. You can add "I didn't have to jump through hoops to get this job the way I did to secure it, whereas your company was forcing that upon me."

    Fortunately, you aren't beholden to a recruiter you haven't entered into a written agreement with. While some would argue of the ethics of getting a job with someone else are questionable due to having found out about the job from that recruiter first, it's also questionable for a recruiter to sign your life away.