In one of the past discussion here, someone advised to be very cautious about the information you give to recruiters. Recruiters, make money only when they place �A Person in A Position� (not necessarily YOU, but any person). A recruiter might start by asking you some questions and then suggest that you tell them what companies you are interviewing with, so that they will not call these companies. Then THEY WILL call on these companies but offer other candidates. Sooner then you know it; your recruiter brought in your biggest competitor. During my relatively short job search, I came across an agency that tried to pull this trick on me; here is how I identified it: 1)They offered me positions that were out there for a long time, and that were also published in many other places (like the web). This might indicate that they do not have a personal and exclusive relationship with a company. 2)Their recruiters (who�ve I met) were all very young, and none looked like he/she might have a long-term relationship (15 years) with a specific client (HR in a company). 3)NONE of their �offers� ever turned to an interview. Though I did managed to get interviews when searching with other agents/ by myself. 4)During the phone calls with them, they were always more eager to hear about how I am progressing with other opportunities rather then offering me information about opportunities they might have. LAST BUT NOT LEAST: They called me today and I told them I found a job. Instead of saying a few warms words, they pushed me to tell them the name of the company, the position and the pay. When I refused, they got very upset. This is very typical, as they will try to contact companies that are hiring (even when the job is filled) and offer other candidates that ask for less. Companies that have 3-6 months introductory period policy would consider hiring both candidates and then might pick the one that costs less. I would give their name away, but I am not sure what is the policy of this forum about this kind of outing. In any case, be careful
Another common trick by recruiter is asking for your references. The result, they are trying to recruit your references instead of you. I had many experiences on that, my past coworker/friends gave them my name and phone number as their references. Recruiters introduced themselves by that, and then almost immediately turned to recruit me instead. This happened in the boom time more often, of course.