Questions job recruiter is allowed to ask


#1

Is it illegal for a recruiter to ask applicant if he has government clearance and then refuse to continue conversation when applicant refuses to answer? I know there are proper ways for recruiter to determine status of applicants security clearance through recruiters companies FSO.

The question is: is the recruiter breaking a law and if this is something that should be reported to applicants and recruiters companies FSO?

It should be noted that applicant contacted the recruiter, so it was not a fishing attempt targeting the applicant.

Thanks ahead


#2

It should be added that no specific job or job requirements were discussed by recruiter and the applicant.


#3

Many jobs require clearances. A recruiter will be asking if you have a clearance to see whether you are even eligible for a job or a series or jobs. A clearance status is not a protected class (no discrimination there).

That being said, your failure to answer a simple question may have turned the recruiter off of even dealing with you, especially if you were the one reaching out to the recruiter.


#4

Agree with previous comment, there is no right to a security clearance, it is based on a need and being cleared fro access. Plenty of cleared individuals out there with the skill set which allows recruiters to pick and choose the most qualified.


#5

I agree that there is no "right" to security clearance. Which is why it is not something that should be advertised or admitted to a complete stranger. What stops a KGB agent from posting a $300K/year job on linkedin and start collecting names of all the people currently in possession of one?


#6

The KGB no longer exists!