Increase Your Chances of Success
When contacted by a recruiter, send your resume and requested information, even if you’re not interested in the presented opportunity. Don’t be afraid to use recruiters; they understand discretion and are used to dealing with special circumstances surrounding your job search. Through a recruiter you can gain access to opportunities you wouldn’t find on your own.
Don’t lie on your resume, on the phone, or in an interview. Recruiters dislike liars and they probably won’t work with you again.
- Expectations and Limitations
Discuss your job search with loved ones, decide on areas to consider, be open to change, and firm up on pay expectations, job title, and industry type. Don’t back out of a position due to a last-minute change of heart. Inform your recruiter immediately if anything changes.
Recruiters are expected to maintain a high level of confidentiality, which is highly valued by both candidates and client companies. Don’t expect a recruiter to disclose how they obtained your name, or all information regarding a position. Rather, information will be provided to you on an as-needed basis. It is important to keep information confidential and not disclose the hiring company’s name, compensation information, or any other sensitive matters to anyone other than your spouse.
If you receive a call from a recruiter regarding a position that may not be suitable for you, please be kind enough to provide the names of other candidates or people who may be familiar with other candidates. Your involvement will remain confidential and we will remember you when the right opportunity presents itself.
Call your recruiter right away after every client interview. Provide feedback on the interview, and discuss your thoughts and feelings about the position, company and interviewers. Recruiters prefer to already have obtained your feedback before calling the client company. Should you have any concerns about the position or company throughout the continued interview process, don’t hesitate to share those with your recruiter. We will gladly hear you out, work out any problems that may have come up, and will facilitate communication accordingly.
Be sure to maintain a positive relationship with your recruiter. The recruiter may intend to reach out to you, however, in the recruiting industry, priority is given to the most pressing matters. If your recruiter does not get back to you, it’s because there are either no news or there is no suitable position available. But keep in touch with regular email updates to let them know you’re still interested and available.
If you received or expect to receive multiple job offers, let your recruiter know. Disclosing interest from other parties can work to your advantage if handled diplomatically.
If you receive an offer, don’t take too long to decide as it signals a lack of commitment. Delaying decisions can make employers doubt your commitment and they might even think they made the wrong decision which can lead to them retracting the offer.
Don’t feel bad if you didn’t get the job. The search process aims for a perfect fit, and if you are not selected, it is likely in your best interest.