Why don’t recruiters tell you the company?

Circumstances & processes

There are several reasons why recruiters don't tell you the company name they are hiring for. These depend on circumstances and processes.

Confidential searches

In some cases, a company might prefer to keep a job opening confidential. This could be because they are replacing an employee who is still in the role, they're planning a major organisational change, or they're working on a confidential project. In such cases, the company may ask recruiters not to disclose their name until a certain point in the hiring process.

Candidate privacy

On the flip side, candidates may also request that their job search remains confidential. If a recruiter were to disclose the company's name without consent, it could jeopardise the candidate's current employment.


Some industries or roles are highly competitive, and companies may not want their competitors to know that they are actively hiring for certain positions. By keeping the company name confidential until later in the process, they can avoid drawing unnecessary attention.

Control the process

Recruiters often serve as intermediaries between candidates and companies. By initially withholding the company name, they can ensure that candidates are evaluated based on their qualifications and fit for the role rather than preconceived notions or biases about the company.

Focus on fit

Recruiters may want candidates to focus on the job description and requirements first to determine if they are genuinely interested and qualified for the role. This can help save time for both the candidate and the company.

Avoid direct applications

Companies may work with recruiters to avoid being inundated with direct applications from job seekers, which can be time-consuming to manage.


Companies may choose to work exclusively with one recruiting agency for a specific role. In such cases, disclosing the company name upfront may not be necessary, as the recruiter is the sole conduit between candidates and the company.

While there are valid reasons for not disclosing the company name initially, it's also essential for both candidates and recruiters to establish trust and transparency in the process. Recruiters should ideally provide the company's name at an appropriate stage in the process, allowing candidates to make informed decisions and conduct research on the company before moving forward with interviews and assessments.

For more information regarding this topic, check out SEEK's article on why recruiters don't tell you the company. Additionally, if you're interested in learning more about privacy in recruitment, click the button below to read our article on whether job applications are confidential.

Why don’t recruiters tell you the company?

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