Written on: 20/05/2012
I've spoken with them twice. On both occasions, they inexpertly attempted to pump me for information about where else I had been interviewing (if you're stupid enough to discuss interviews you've arranged through other agencies with agencies that were uninvolved in setting up the interview, you'll soon discover to your cost that it's a great way to lose business and trust - the uninvolved agency will have no qualms whatsoever about phoning up the client you interviewed with, and asking if they can send some competing candidates; they'll even say you advised them to do this).
Apart from the unprofessional and transparent trawling for information they engage in, they are also one of those deluded agencies that imagines you are in some way interested in being interviewed *by them*. Not only do they not have the technical skills and experience necessary to assess technical candidates in such interviews, they also don't have a job to offer you at the end of it, making the process doubly-pointless and a waste of your valuable time.
When, after a preamble conversation that they had initiated by calling me, the person I spoke with asked me "when I was available to come in and be interviewed by him?" (I found his presumption that I would be interested in doing so surprising in itself), I told him that I don't interview with anyone but end clients. I also asked him, out of interest, what the specific role was that he had in mind to interview me for anyway? Needless to say, at this juncture he admitted there wasn't one. So, if I had been stupid enough to, that would have been me spending my time travelling to getting interviewed, for a job that didn't even exist, by a person that couldn't code their way out of a "PaperBag: Bag".
As an IT professional, I advise avoiding these clowns if you value your time at all. They'll never get you an interview with a serious client, and will merely waste your time trying to get you to jump though meaningless hoops whilst pumping you for leads.