If a headhunter approaches someone for c suite position but you know a friend who knows key decision maker/chairman. Do you just bypass headhunter? Its in round 3 shortlist.

like
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at

I personally dont like 3rd party headhunters and dont trust their species. But some say it can backfire. I feel its worth getting a friend put in a good word instead of relying on mercy of recruiter. What do experts here think?

like

I've had nothing but headaches from recruiters both as someone hiring people and getting hired. Too many of them don't truly understand the roles they are trying to place for and often go for numbers rather than trying to find true fits for their roles. Some of the more unscrupulous ones will out and out lie about a role just to get you to interview which I have to assume is part of some internal quotas set by their recruitment agencies? I've shown up to multiple interviews where a recruiter described a role only to find out during the interview they are looking for something different... and I mean entirely different tech stack & programming language different. I've also been one of two final candidates for another role only to lose it because the fees tacked on by the recruiter put my salary significantly higher than the other candidate (who had no recruiter) so they went with him. I'm sure in some situations recruiters can add value but I've never had much luck with them. I do want to add that in-house recruiters are usually much better as they seem to be more focused on finding the "right" candidate than just finding anyone so they can "earn" their commission.

likehelpful

No. Going around the headhunter will burn that bridge. Beyond that, the headhunter likely speaks with the key decision maker on a daily basis, or at least weekly, directly about candidates. Your friend does not. The headhunter fights for their candidates because they get paid most when their candidate gets hired. Your friend does not. Work with the recruiter. You can also have your friend put in a good word, but work with the recruiter.

like

Problem is i dont think headhunter is fighting but pushing other candidates. They said client will make decision by next week..thats code word for they have zero control and balls in clients court. How can candidate improve odds other than just waiting to hear bad news?

Yeah just bypass them, if you haven't signed anything they have no power to force you to go through them

like

If it is for a c-suite position, the company is probably paying the recruiting firm. If you reach out to the company, they will simply refer you to the recruiter, who serves as the first screen.

like

Just curious, is there a harm in going through the Recruiter as well as put in the word with your friend. If the company hired a head hunter, they may value their experience to bring in a candidate suitable for the role.

There’s no harm in but it’s more expensive for the agency to use the headhunter. They can save money by hiring the same person without the headhunter fee

Companies don’t like using headhunters, it’s an extra expense and they would rather get the same candidate without a third party. Your only issue here is if you’ve already signed with the recruiter and you bypass them, they may have a case to the commission so that’s really the crux of the issue.

They are most likely looking at multiple candidates and relying on the recruiter to manage the process and have most likely already paid for the search

Seems like insightful but mixed responses so far.

Related Posts

Black (Stone vs Rock), which one has better exit ops for technical manager role. What’s the bonus potential?

I'm a Project Manager at the Senior Consultant level with about 3 yrs of experience in tech consulting (overall 8+ years of experience incl. other industries) and looking to make a move to NYC for a similar role (with potential to move to Director role shortly after). What would be a range of pay I should ask/aim for?

like

Applied for an SM position at pwc and interviewers mentioned that it is for an SM position as well. But the offer came out as M. Recruiter said it is just a title and doesn’t have any implications but more I look, it does look like an downgrade. Is this common? I am currently an SM and it is in tech consulting area.

like

Was laid off in April and just got an offer for 25% more than i was making but for a role that I am not too excited about. Times are tough and i do need to get income. How bad is it to accept but continue with the rounds of interviews I started for roles I am more excited about?

upliftingsmarthelpful

I feel like these “incredible” exit opportunities consulting gives you is only applicable to MBB (i.e, companies only value MBB experience vs others). Any successful exits from Big 4 folk?

like

Are IBM consulting (GBS) exit opportunities good?

like

Any insights on google’s business process re-engineering vs program manager role in finance? Which has better career opps, interesting work and pay?

like

Recently started a new gig (less than three months). Team is great but client is a nightmare, deadlines and workload are insane and unforgiving and the type of work is a dead end road creatively. Another recruiter reached out with a role that is closer to the kind of work I want to be doing - is it awful to jump ship so soon? The agency is great but in remote mode I don’t have any interactions outside my team. Recruiting agency is newer and less established. Advice?

like

I have 2 YOE at a tier 2 consulting firm and just graduated top of class with an MS at a target school. How do I go about networking/getting a referral to transfer over to MBB?

like

Help! Interviewing for a Senior CW role. Anything specific questions I should ask or will be asked?

like

How is KPMG Advisory doing in respect to other Big4 firms? How is the brand perceived in exit opps? Career development? Leadership capability? Culture? Heavy questions Ik haha

like

Is there a difference between biz ops and regular strategy and ops role at Google ? They reached out for stat ops role but I heard biz ops is more consulting .

like

Howdy fish, currently interviewing at KPMG for a associate role in major projects advisory. I’ve gone through the phone screening and the interview with 2 directors. Next interview is with 2 SM. What kind of questions can I expect in that interview?

like

Anyone at Accenture open to providing a referral?

like

Expecting my first child in Nov and starting a new consulting role in a few weeks. Totally new field for me coming from engineering. Any advice for starting the new role and handling mom life?

like

I have received an offer for a 50% increase in TC to go into a Sales (Solutions Consultant) role. I don’t really want to leave consulting as I left sales 3 years ago to go back to consulting. However my wife and I are expecting and she will no longer work after we have our child. As much as a I don’t want to jump again or go back to sales I’m at an impasse between doing work I enjoy or living (and paying) for the life we enjoy. Anyone experience this dilemma before? Thoughts or advice? 

like

Any EY PAS folks who can assist with a referral?

like
like

Was hired into a company at a level that was more junior than my skills (Was out of work due to pandemic for a year). I’ve been at the company 5 months. We’re going through a reorg and my new position will really be leveraging my years of experience more so than other role. Is it appropriate to discuss a raise/adding senior to title? Or should I do the job and then prove myself then talk about raise. I have more experience than the senior members of my team.

like

My in-laws think any woman or black person in a leadership position is there because of diversity and that companies shouldn’t try to put any effort into promoting diversity in their recruitment because it harms minorities as people will always think those minorities are in a position of power only because they were hired because of gender/race quotas. They also think it’s perfectly justified in prioritizing hiring a woman over a man (all else being equal) because of potential for ‘me too’. 😣

like

Additional Posts

Worth switching from SC at Deloitte Advisory into Analyst at MBB?

like

What is the best certification to pursue in this area? Looking at SHRM-CP but want to learn more about others.

likehelpful

What’s the longest commute you could tolerate? I’ve never had a commute unless you count an internship 7 years ago for two months. I live close to city and I’m looking for new job but to really jump in salary and opportunities I have to look in the city.

like

Alright so there’s a thing called reclaim my status. If you had a reason why you lost status in the last year or two like COVID, baby, new job, etc. You need to submit some basic documentation and they give you that status for 3 months with a DRASTICALLY lower threshold to make the status permanent and even higher tiers are much easier to obtain during those 3 months. Google “reclaim my status Delta”

Are you union or non-union?

likehelpfulsmart

Is it a bad sign I haven’t heard anything after a second round interview a week ago? Ideally I thought I would have heard some news already since the interviews went well..

like

Didn’t eat lunch or dinner. Would you judge me if I ordered two different snack boxes on my flight?

like

Is it wise to transfer CSR UR points to United? I have 20000 points currently.

like

Thursday afternoon off the back yard....no more Zoom until tomorrow.

Post Photo
likeupliftingsmartfunny

Anyone know of any senior strategy openings? Just got laid off and would greatly appreciate any leads.

like

Does having a United States security clearance help with MBA admissions?

funnylike

I'm a 'Consultant' who's worked as a Product Owner / Agile team lead throughout my career (3yrs) . This does involve client facing day to day activity . But I'm wondering where my career is going? Are delivery/POs really consultants? And is being a PO the right path to product manager, if I wanted to go to tech?

likehelpful

Ladies have you ever fallen for a guy over text? This guy is so hot and cold with me and we’ve never met - but have such a great time texting. It’s so confusing. He lives 4.5 hours away from me and works 6 days a week (sometimes 7). We were supposed to meet some time back and then his mom got sick and then I got covid and then he got this job... and we never met again. What do I do ? He rarely ever initiates conversations these days, but when I do message him he’s on a roll.

like

Just accepted a new role & was told I need to transfer any brokerage accounts to the new institution. I have an account with Robinhood that has insignificant funds. By when should I sell my stocks or transfer them to the new institution? What did you do in this scenario ?

like

Has anyone heard of Innerspin? Can’t find much on Glassdoor. A friend had an interview and we’re worried the offer is going to come with shitty pay

like

About to start traveling A LOT. Do people recommend southwest or United? Flying out of Chicago and equidistant to midway and ORD.

like

Considering applying for an entry level business analyst (consulting) position at a competitor Big 4 firm. I just completed my first year in audit, so I’m wondering if it’s still appropriate for me to apply as entry level instead of experienced hire?

like

Piggy backing off the question a few posts down: Company offers Roth 401k and a traditional. I make 75k and it's my first year out of college. I'm leaning towards maxing the Roth 401k. Any suggestions

like

What do you do when you have enough MQM but don't have enough MQD.... 😔

like

Having a tough time understanding non-tech leveling for jobs at Facebook. What level/pay band should someone align to with 8 years of b4 strategy experience in a non-tech program manager role? Base+bonus+RSU. Don’t know if location matters anymore but position is aligned to NYC.

like

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
Download Fishbowl to see what others are saying
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the Fishbowl app

Get realtime notifications and see
what's happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.