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Problems with “Fishing” Job Applications

Problems with “Fishing” Job Applications


PharmiRecruiter Feature
Last Updated: 02-Oct-2014

I know it’s pretty competitive out there for recruiters, but there is one underhand practice that some unethical recruiters use that should be stamped out.

That is, the use of “fishing” or fake job applications; this underhand technique is the ploy of applying for jobs but pretending to be a candidate with a great CV, with the aim of trying to find out which employers are currently recruiting.

So applying for multiple jobs under a fake name like “Mark Cook”, “Thomas Brown” or “Alan Stewart” etc. clearly wastes recruiter’s time and undermines the work they’ve legitimately put in finding the client in the first place. Secondly it’s lazy – why not do some real prospecting rather than relying on someone else doing the real work?

From PharmiWeb’s point of view, it’s something we strongly discourage, and will like to hear from any of our clients who feel that they’ve fallen victim to this. And if you’re doing it, please stop it now.