In the past two days I have had two people claiming to be recruiters from large corporates (specifically HSBC and Google) contact me, presumably from having found my LinkedIn or Jobserve profiles. Both have claimed that the hiring managers for the jobs they are recruiting for want to see 'market activity' -- information on other jobs I've been interviewing for (companies, positions, rates and contact details of the hiring manager) -- as a part of their recruitment process. Neither of these engagements has proceeded anywhere near an interview and neither provided a job description when asked.
Both of the phone engagements were quite similar. There was a lot of emphasis on 'leadership', and the recruiter was claiming to have found my CV online (it is on LinkedIn and Jobserve) and that the hiring manager insisted on seeing my 'market activity'. I asked the one claiming to be from Google for a job spec and got the email below:
Good Afternoon ####,
I have left above the relevant information for the position available (full job description released once invited to interview), can you please forward to me the rest of the information regarding current/recent interviews you had attended, and dates with the interviewers name.
I need to make sure I am forwarding the right people on to Google, which I'm sure you can appreciate that a company of Googles prestige requires a lot more information and qualification then other companies.
If you do have any further queries, please feel free to directly contact me on phone - 07856511140, or feel free to email back, I am much more responsive on here.
It was lovely speaking to you, and I will put in a very strong word with my Hiring Manager.
Luis Fabiano Head of Internal Recruitment, Google, Bedfordshire
A bit of quick google-fu hasn't turned anything up about this. Is this a known scam or is it some new fad in hiring practices?