Recruitment Anomalies

There are many anomalies associated with recruitment, but there are two we find particularly irksome, and we want you to know about them.

First, more often than we can imagine, we receive telephones calls, or e-mail correspondence from people who have been contacted by either commercial recruiters or internal recruiters concerning job opportunities. They want to know what we think about the position they're being asked to consider.

For example, we recently received inquiries from virtually every candidate a search firm had identified for a transplant pulmonologist position with a major academic health center. Based on the questions the candidates conveyed, it was clear we were being asked to function as a de facto recruiter for a very inept search firm. Obviously, we have no interest in responding to such inquiries. Instead, we wonder: why do highly esteemed institutions set the bar so low when it comes to recruitment?

Second, we are frequently contacted by unscrupulous recruiters who are seeking information through deception. Many are hesitant or unwilling to identify themselves, or the organization for which they work. We consider such inquiries to be unethical, and clearly disreputable.

The bottom line: be wary of commercial recruiters, regardless of reputation.