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How common is it for recruiters to misrepresent jobs to people like us? I had one sell me on a senior financial analyst role and was super pumped about it. Later last night was digging and come to find out it’s a SEC Reporting Analyst role, nothing like what I want and the duties are totally different.

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Depends who you work with. I had a guy tell me the salary was like 10-15k higher than what the offer ended up being. When I declined, the VP of HR called me asking why I said no, and I told him what I was expecting salary wise. He was shocked and said that was more than the person above me makes lol never talked with that recruiter again.

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Very common in my experience. It was astounding how little the ones I worked with knew about the role and the company/benefits when they claim to have placed other candidates there over the years.

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Ha, have you heard of the 'sales profession?' That's their job.

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Yea happened in my experience. A recruiter told me this job was “definitely a step up” for me. The lie detector determined that that was a lie and I ended up leaving the company after only 3 months. Went somewhere else, using people that I knew (in my network you might even say) and I’m way happier here, making more

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Extremely common in my experience. I’ve had recruiters tell me about m&a analyst jobs, only to find out it was a role related to post-merger IT integration

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Big yikes. Recruiters loveeeee to drop those buzz words, “analyst, m&a, carveouts, due diligence, etc”

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Yup very common. Those types of questions were my follow up questions during my first round of interviews (describe the day to day responsibilities, where I am in the organization, what a successful person in this role would achieve in the first 6 to 12 months)

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I got totally screwed in my first job change. Convinced me to do forensic accounting which was the part of audit I hated. Have some outside voices. I am interviewing for my next roles and I talk to people with more experience than me.

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Yup and everyone makes mistakes. Clearly you don’t by this post. Thanks captain obvious.

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Remember they get paid commission for placing you in a role that you stay at for a specified period. As a professional, you're likely to stay that minimum period otherwise it looks odd on your CV if you leave too quickly. Frankly it's a win-win for them. Do your own research on the roles they line you up for, and swerve those recruiters who are just in it for themselves.

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Think it's an issue where recruiters themselves know just enough to misrepresent, and the jobs are a mix of soft skills, technical, and subcategories/aspects that aren't transparent to someone who hasn't worked in the field. Happens a lot in IT, too. Be leery of recruiters with only an HR background, and do your homework like you did.

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Rarely do I get a recruiter who contacts me with a position that is more than a 50% fit, unless another Big 4. My personal favorite is when a recruiter says they have a position that fits but won’t disclosure. Get on the phone with them and they ask you what you want, as if you were the one who contacted them in the first place! 😂🤣

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I hate this so much. They won’t ever tell you details until you give them a number/email. Then they harass you weekly.

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Recruiters get paid to place. They come off as if they are trying to rescue you from PA but they are far from doing charitable work. Not saying they are all bad but they definitely aren't trying to do you a favor.

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I’d say it’s as common as people misrepresenting themselves or exaggerating their skills on their resumes.

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That’s easy to tease out in an interview. It only takes 2-3 questions to sniff out the BS. Someone told me once they did a carveout, I asked them about methodology, they narrowed the scope of the answer. I asked how they did something and then they said they didn’t know someone else figured it out. If it’s on the resume know what you did, how you did it or at least enough to survive 4 or 5!questions.

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Agreed- you are better off working your personal and professional network, including the Partner group, to actually get where you want to go. As to recruiters, you want to be working with retained search folks. These are typically for higher level positions (meaning you have to be in public for more than a few years); they have a vested interest in placing a quality candidate with their client.

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Don’t give them all your trust they are the same people that will call the employer 6 months later to replace you

Very common. Sorry to hear you were baited

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