Shady Hiring Technique

Over on his blog, Ernie Booth shared a recent experience with a vendor company that initially said they were Microsoft, then said they were a "gold partner" to Microsoft. I spoke with Ernie last night to get details and checked with the folks that handle our placement agency contracts. I confirmed that we neither work with this company, nor do we have "gold partners" in recruiting.

Anyway, I guess I can't be too surprised that companies would try to leverage our name to get the attention of candidates. It's still disappointing. If you EVER hear of an experience similar to Ernie's, feel free to contact me and I will check it out. I think about all the work I do to attract people to Microsoft and how easily that is undone by someone that doesn't share the same ethical standards (trust me, there are shady recruiters out there...I've met some of them). It's a small percentage of bad apples that mess it up for the rest of us.

Comments (5)

  1. Maurits says:

    Would it be appropriate to have an official page somewhere that listed your current recruiting partners? Then we could easily check, without having to bother you. Of course, someone would have to update it.

  2. Heather says:

    good idea Maurits…I’ll check that out.

  3. Nathan says:


    Could you check out the Excell Data Corporation-division of CompuCom. I was told by a recruiter that I would possibly be testing an Xbox game for Microsoft, however, I have never heard of Excell, nor been contacted by one of their recruiters regarding Microsoft positions. I know Volt hires a lot of contract positions for MS, and sometimes Kelly Services as well, but I’m unfamiliar with Excell. Nevertheless, I am required to attend a meeting in Bellevue tomorrow regarding the testing position, so I assume I will find out more information. I just hope I’m not wasting my time, and it would be heart-breaking to find out it wasn’t what I expected.

  4. Heather says:

    There are definitely folks here from Excell. Sounds OK. : )

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