Since the COVID-19 pandemic has begun, we’ve seen lots of challenges and changes on the job market. Competition is higher and data shows that there are 20 – 40% more candidates for a job than last year. The recruitment process has also changed, like many other activities, but there are almost the same key issues to pay attention to in order to have the recruiter on your side in a hiring process. They have extensive experience in evaluating candidates, they appreciate or downgrade you for certain aspects before, during and after the interview. Here’s a breakdown of the main tips for getting your recruiter on your side.
By Sorina Faier, Managing Partner at Elite Searchers
1. Don’t be late
Ideally, you should not be late for the interview. Otherwise, try to announce the recruiter in advance explaining the reason and apologizing.
2. Pay attention to the dressing code
A study conducted on 2,000 managers showed that a correct outfit increases your chances of getting the job by 22%. If you are targeting a top or middle management role, you have to have a business professional attire.
If you are going for a journalist or creative job, smart casual will be appropriate enough.
3. Be honest and realistic
Every company is different, some have more flexibility on experience than others, but no one appreciates when candidates give fake recommendations or exaggerate their skills and experience and achievements. A good head-hunter can really easily find out how big the team you coordinated was, the turnover you grew, profitability etc.
Make sure your expectations match your experience and always be honest and transparent. Recruiters may consider you right for another job or company than the one you are actually applying.
4. Be patient
Do not ask for feedback immediately after the interview or call the recruiter too often. A good recruiter will get back to you as soon as they have an answer or need more information about you. Unfortunately, there are also situations when you don’t have any news after 1 or 2 weeks, and then you have every right to ask for feedback.
Be understanding if the job or company is confidential at the first stage and the recruiter is not allowed to give you too many details.
5. Don’t disappear off the radar
If you change your mind about the job, be honest and tell this to your recruiter. If you stop answering their calls and e-mails, all you do is getting your name on a blacklist. No matter how good you are in your field, such behaviour will damage your reputation.
6. Don’t badmouth others
No boss, colleague or client is perfect. So, beware of your words, because nothing can affect your credibility more quickly than being labelled as a person who makes disparaging comments about a former employers, colleagues or clients. No matter if you were treated unfair at a previous job, badmouthing is unprofessional and shows that you are wasting your energy being preoccupied about things you can’t change, instead of focusing on the present.
In conclusion, a good CV simply isn’t enough, and recruiters will be checking out your social media profiles and your general behaviour to see what kind of person you are and if you will be a good fit for the company they are hiring for.
A good recruiter is not going to risk making a strong recommendation to the employer unless they’re absolutely sure you are the right person for the job, so you need to give them strong arguments.