I am against the money taking from the candidate.The consultant should take the money as per agreed only from the employer .if the employer is not ready to pay the service charge better all our consultancy community not to encourage such employers and then only the practice not paying to the consultant will go.. be proffessional & serve the candidates for getting the right job.
This is my view on the money taking frm the candidate.
14th June 2014 From India, Kochi
Since you have already given two cheques to the consultant, you better accept the appointment letter and then pay the agreed amount. The HR consultant can produce the cheques and get it dishonoured then proceed against you for cheque bouncing.
Also it is not a good practice to agree to something and then back out. A healthy behavioural pattern would be to go through with commitments irrespective of whether they pinch you or not.
As far as consultants go if I were an employee I would not touch even with a barge pole a consultant who will ask for money from a candidate
All the best
HR Consultant, New Delhi
14th June 2014 From India, Delhi