When I am recruiting for an open Security Job that is not a retained search, I usually do not share the name of my client with a cold called candidate for several reason, until we have talked in detail.
First, I interview many candidates daily, and unfortunately I must tell several that they are not a match for “this job”. Perhaps future jobs, but not this one. It does not mean that are not a good security candidate, just not a good match for this job. Sometimes, they on the other hand, feel that they are a great fit and want to proceed with the interview process. When I explain that the client wants and expects me to pre-screen heavily so as only to present dead on matches, they get upset. I have had these people try to go directly to the client themselves or call other recruiters and ask them to present them. If the company name has not been discussed, it protects me.
Also, I have had some very good intentioned people that knew my client name simply mention to a friend or co-worker that I called and discussed a great opportunity with them at XYZ company and the friend or co-worker simply goes directly to the company without thinking about me. They did not mean to cut me out, they just did not realize they should call me to present them. After all, I am dealing directly with the hiring authority and can make things happen.
Please be aware that I do share the client name as soon as we (you and I) determine that it is a good match and worth proceeding forward with the process.
Since this is how I earn a living for me and my family please don’t be insulted by the process and my guarding my client name until we agree it’s a match.
Wils Bell – Security Recruiter
Bell (at) SecurityHeadhunter.com