How can I determine if a recruiter is a scam artist trying to gather my personal information? What type of information should I share with a recruiter?
Be careful when sharing your personal information. Recruiters typically need a current resume and in some cases they will ask for references. For some employers and occupations, a recruiter may conduct pre-interview testing. This could range from computer skills testing to personality assessments. If driving is required, they may want your driver’s license to ensure you have a clean driving record.
During the initial phases of the selection process, they don’t need to have your personal details, such as your social security number. If you are hired for a position, the employer will need your social security number and your driver’s license or other form of identification. The employer and the recruiter should not ask for your banking information. Only provide banking information as it pertains to the establishment of direct payroll deposits. Never supply your personal passwords.
The best safeguard against a fraudulent recruiter or employer is to do a bit of research before interacting with them. Conduct online searches. Compare email addresses, web addresses, and phone numbers with that of the actual company to be sure you are actually dealing with someone from the company and not an imposter.
All the best,
Debra Wheatman, CPRW, CPCC is President of Careers Done Write, a premier career services provider focused on developing highly personalized career roadmaps for senior leaders and executives across all verticals and industries.