I have a background in technology and am currently unemployed and looking for a job. I have a friend, who now works for a recruitment agency, who is trying to fill a position for a client of hers. I’m very unknowledgeable about recruitment agencies, and she came to me with the job opening. I’m not fully clear why I feel uncomfortable, but I think it’s because everything I’ve got in writing so far has been very vague. For example I don’t have an email stating the pay and while I understand it’s a sales position, it’s unclear what I would be selling. The recruitment agent keeps contacting me asking if I have any questions, but shouldn’t I contact the actual company who I would be working for? Should I ask the recruiter for the contact of the hiring manager at the company and direct questions to him? Or is the job of a recruitment agency to act as a liaison between a potential employee and the business?
For example the position is in another city and I don’t want to spend the time or money to travel there unless I’m serious about the position. I asked the recruiter if we could do a phone or skype interview and she said they wanted someone who could see the office so no, but I don’t think she’s in the position to be making decisions on their behalf. I also asked if any travel expenses were covered and she basically said she didn’t think so. It would be much more clear if I talked to the company themselves, wouldn’t it?
On the other hand, a position that combines sales and technology does sound interesting to me.