I often encounter candidates who have previously applied to a particular law firm
I also occasionally encounter this conflict issues with candidates who have not kept careful track of what applications they have sent to which firms through what recruiters, if any. One candidate in particular wanted me to contact his other two recruiters and piece together where and through whom he had previously sent scores of applications so that I could send out new applications without creating a conflict. I explained to him that it is the responsibility of the candidate, not the recruiter, to keep complete track of their own job search. Of course, recruiters should keep track of which applications they send out. But they are under no obligation to play detective and try to discover where else the candidate has applied through what recruiters – even assuming these competing recruiters would want to provide this confidential information. In sum, candidates should only apply for a particular position at a firm once, and they should make sure that their only shot is their best one.