Is it safe/normal for a recruiter to ask for the last 4 of my social and DOB?

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I have never given a recruiter this info and I never would.


Yes that’s how they submit you. They want to represent you to the client so it’s a form of verification. Also, employers sometimes don’t sponsor specific visas or any visas at all so it helps boil that down by providing last 4 of social. DOB without the year is the way it’s supposed to be accepted. Other than that it’s very normal. I am a recruiter btw


Yes, it's standard procedure to submit a candidate into a role when you're working with a headhunter (recruiters from staffing agencies that work with companies to find and represent candidates to them).

They also use it as an assigned 'ID'/code to find your account profile in their system as a candidate.


only at the offer/onboarding stage, not before.


No. Not until offer and background check requested.


I’ve never been asked that by a recruiting agency. Providing DOB to the employer prior to hire would make the employer liable to discrimination and they should or would not ask your age.

It depends on the position requirements. In some positions, a background check out security check may be required. If it seems unusual to you, feel free to ask why the information is needed to see if the answer feels right to you.

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