Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Jeff Allen offers you a tip about what you should do to ensure you never miss out — or get beat out — of your well-earned fee.
What Client Says:
We hired the candidate in a lower classification.
How Client Pays:
A lower classification allows the client two ways to attempt avoiding the fee:
- The job title is different from the one on the job order; and
- The lower starting salary automatically translates into a lower fee.
It doesn’t take much to change the job duties to appear different from the JO. Statistically, this happens over half the time anyway. An employer doesn’t really know what the job will be until it hires someone.
If the candidate’s ego will be bruised by a lower title, a different one can always be used. The client just says you weren’t engaged to perform a search for that job.
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Additionally, lowering the starting salary is a corporate shell game that is only stopped by fear. The candidate is likely to cooperate in concealing the promise to defer the other compensation – or even the salary itself.
What can you do? Exclude anything in your fee schedule that ties you to a title, and instantly review the actual job order at the actual annualized compensation with your employed, but still active candidate.
The client will know you’ve done this, and invariably “clarifies” the “misunderstanding” with the candidate.