If a recruiter asks what your average billable hours are, will you ever have to show proof of this number or no?

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No. And if they ask, they are not worth their salt. They’re just a recruiter.

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Is a "Partnerpartner" like a Super Partner??

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Yes, I’m super. Thanks for asking. Not sure how this ended up as my name.

You don’t have to prove it. But if you’re looking for balance, proceed with caution if this is a serious inquiry…

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I was asked by both recruiters and interviewers for average hours and never was asked for proof.

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Tell them your hours are competitive with market and refuse to elaborate further.

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Recruiters relationship isn’t to you. It’s usually to firms where they place multiples candidates. Also, they only care about cookie cutter applications they can “sell” - they don’t want to have to sell you, if that makes sense. I don’t tell a recruiter a damn thing outside my resume, deal sheet, or writing sample. If they ask me about a target salary - I say “what the position is worth” and if they throw out a number, I say “let’s see if you can get it”. I am neutral with my “feelings” toward the firms I interview with. Once an offer comes in I have a list of demands and wholesale ignore them when they try to talk me off my demands. I usually reply with something like “Ok. Time to earn your keep. Let me know what they say.” If they ask about soft things like hours, I respond with “a lot.” Or past pay, “I say I’m looking for more.” All of their initial contact with you is bs. If they cannot glean your “value” from your resume, they suck.

I’ve learned early about reciter bs. They ain’t there to help you, that’s just a byproduct if the target firm likes you.

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Thanks all!

You don’t have to prove anything. But keep it reasonable and consistent. If you’re leaving because work has slowed down don’t say you’re billing 2400 hours. And if you say you want a better WLB (which isn’t something you should say anyway) don’t say you’re billing 1500 hours.

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