Common Unethical Hiring Practices

common unethical hiring practices

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  • The job market is always in flux, and most people looking for jobs don’t have one already.

    This demand is why online job platforms, career sections of company websites, and recruitment agencies exist—they streamline the job search and allow qualified candidates to apply for real roles.

    However, some people in the job industry utilize a few unsavory tactics to secure a commission and fill positions. If you are graduating soon and applying for jobs, here are the most common unethical hiring practices you should know.

    Fake Job Descriptions

    The job description is the central part of any job listing. Of course, it’s essential to know who the company is and what the title means, but the bulk of the information lies in the fine print.

    People who put out these job descriptions work hard to describe the roles, expectations, and prerequisites for the position accurately. However, some people will post fake job descriptions to gather resumes.

    Many recruiters make money through commissions, which depends on their ability to reach out and engage with people. As such, they’ll generate postings for jobs that don’t exist to gather information on more people. However, misrepresenting job duties online is an unethical hiring process, and you should be wary of any vague and suspicious job listings.

    Recruiter Rusing

    The art of the ruse requires tact and deception, which shady recruiters aren’t afraid to use. Rusing is when a recruiter acts as a person of importance to gain the applicant’s confidence.

    Recruiters often cold call people, but they don’t want prospects to hang up on them as they might for a telemarketer. Using a ruse, they ensure prospective clients stay on the phone long enough to hear their pitch and buy into what they’re selling.

    A recruiter will impersonate anyone from a journalist to a lawyer to keep you on the line. Rusing is not standard practice by any means; it is highly unethical since it relies on a lie to gather interest and information.

    Candidate Discrimination

    Every job applicant deserves equal consideration and deliberation for an open position. Of course, many applicants won’t meet all the prerequisite criteria, and companies can reject them legitimately because of it. But some discriminate based on other factors than their outlined role expectations.

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    Discrimination comes in all forms, from gender to race to disability—all of which are illegal. Employers will specifically reject pregnant women for open roles since they’ll begin maternity leave soon after starting. Again, this is illegal, and you should know how to prove pregnancy discrimination and all other forms of inequity if this ever happens to you.

    Though many of these common unethical hiring practices aren’t illegal, they all present challenges to job seekers entering the job market. When you apply for post-graduate employment opportunities, be wary of these improprieties, and protect yourself from fraud.

    Your first steps into your career may be shaky and frustrating, but do your best to avoid companies with poor practices like these.

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