A recruiter will likely groom you and get you ready for your interviews. It’s an exciting time to get ready for a new job. From your outfit to what you say, relax; the recruiter is there to help you get the interview and the job!
1. Your First Recruiter Meeting: What Changes They Might Recommend
A meeting with a recruiter or headhunter isn’t a time to be nervous. Look your best and let them do their assessment. They will review your resume and suggest changes they might want to make. Common changes might be leaving your phone number off or changing the layout of your resume. With respect to wardrobe changes, a recruiter might suggest wearing a suit of a particular color, changing a hairstyle for women, and trying to make you look more corporate if it’s a c-level job you’re interested in. Don’t feel intimidated as they are there to help you get placed.
2. Interview Etiquette and What Recruiters May Suggest
Depending on the recruiter, they may make etiquette changes and they might also make changes to your resume and how you interview. If you arrive 5-minutes before the recruiter interview, they might recommend that you arrive exactly 15-minutes early at interview locations, but walk in approximately 10-minutes before the interview starts. They may look at how you introduced yourself and if you shook their hand, whether you put your phone away, and if you were chewing gum. They’re looking for any area where they can correct you so you don’t make the same mistakes in front of potential employers.
3. The Dialog Between Your Recruiter and an Employer: They Will Talk
When you establish a working relationship with a recruiter, be very polite and keep your conversations focused strictly on work. The same can be said for interviews. Don’t open up and divulge personal information in an interview because the HR rep or hiring manager can say, “I didn’t know she doesn’t have childcare.” You want the recruiter to sell you on your skill sets and why you’re the best fit for the position, so keep it professional and never complain about a recruiter to an HR rep or vice versa. Be very kind and polite.
4. Should You Go On Every Interview a Recruiter Recommends?
When a recruiter sends you on interviews, it can feel like a road show because they can send you on one interview after the next. The recruiter likely has administrative staff that set up all their interviews so they can send you out more than once in a day. If they do, be very organized, do your research on each company, and arrive on time. Interviewing everywhere a recruiter sends you can help you get more experience with interviewing so you’ll be more comfortable in front of strangers, but if you’re not interested in a particular role, just be honest.
5. Can You Switch Recruiters and Still Get Interviewed?
If you are interviewing and working with a recruiter and another recruiter contacts you, you can meet with them, but a word of caution. Some recruiting agencies will send you to the same company or share your information with the same businesses. Always let a recruiter know if you’re working with someone else. That way there’s no overlap or conflict of interest. If you find that you want to switch recruiters, politely let the recruiter know you’re holding off for now and thank them for their time. Leave it polite in case you work with them again in the future.
6. Take a Recruiter’s Advice and Follow Their Guidelines
Interviewing can be a slippery slope. You have to be very careful, at times, with what you say. For example, a recruiter might tell you that a position pays $85,000, but they might tell you to not discuss salary at all. The hiring manager might ask, but listen to the recruiter because there are a lot of managers and business owners that will try to lock you in for a lower salary and some businesses will even hold the recruiter to it and say, “You sent him/her over and they said they would take less.”
7. How To End Things With a Recruiter Once You’re Hired
When you finally get the interview that you want and you get hired, a great way to end things with your recruiter is to send them a thank you card. The reason you want to do this is two-fold. You want to stay in touch in case you leave the company and are looking for a future position. You also want to stay in touch because if you want to move up in the company, the recruiter might know about salaries that are being offered and share a tip or two to help you get a better benefits package.