5 Myths About Recruitment Agencies That Candidates Tend to Believe
Recruiting through recruitment agencies as an intermediary is an increasingly common practice in the field of personnel selection and recruitment. True, this cooperation usually happens after the candidate sees a job advertisement that interests him/her on the career platform. However, a significant number of people even today believe certain rumors or myths related to recruitment agencies. To disprove prevailing myths, we will discuss a few of them:
"Employment agencies deduct part of your salary"
This myth appears to have arisen from a simple misunderstanding. Although it is true that recruitment agencies pay a percentage of the candidate's salary, it is always paid by the client (the company that is looking for an employee and uses the services of the recruitment agency) and not by the candidate.
If you are a candidate submitted by an agency, you will be paid the agreed salary without any fees.
“The services of the recruitment companies are not free”
As a candidate, joining a recruitment agency should NEVER cost you money.
If you talk to an agency and they ask for money - run!
"Recruitment agencies only offer positions that are already advertised elsewhere on the Internet"
This is a common myth because candidates think that posting their resumes on multiple career portals is the same as talking to an agency. However, there are some jobs that recruitment agencies have in their database that are not advertised at all. This can be for many different reasons, but it means that the agency will rely on its own network and database in this case, so if you are not directly registered with them you will not be offered this job position!
"Recruitment agencies want to hire me for any job to get paid faster"
This myth likely comes from people that have experiences with bad recruitment agencies. While it may seem like recruiters want to land a candidate on the first job they come across, the nature of their client contracts means they will only be paid if that candidate stays there for a minimum amount of time - usually a couple of months.
For this reason, it is in the recruiter's (and the candidate's) best interest to find the candidate a role they would like to keep for a long time.
This means that recruitment agencies have to offer the right jobs to the right people to get paid.
“Recruiters don’t care about the fast employment”
Since recruitment agencies won't get paid until the worker works in a certain position for at least a few weeks, everything they do up until that point is essentially free work. This means they have a huge incentive to hire someone as quickly as possible.