Are you anticipating phone calls from recruiters? If so, do you have questions about what to expect or how to prepare for these phone calls? Let’s take a look at some best practices for how to prepare for your conversation with a recruiter.
It is important to keep in mind that time is of the essence. Do not worry if the initial phone call is brief. In this blog post, from Kelly Mitchell: People. Technology. Service. they highlight six points to help keep you focused on the task at hand.
Some of the key points from their list are: Be straightforward about your experience. Emphasize your skills related specifically to the job description. Be prepared to talk about money. Be ready to explain the gaps in your resume. And probably the most important point is to be yourself.
As job seekers get excited about an opportunity, they can put a lot of pressure on themselves to be the perfect candidate for that job. They become less authentic in their communication and as a result, they lose their edge….When you take stock of your value as an employee, and you know your worth, you level the playing field in the interview, which gives you that winning edge and confidence…..Focus less on being the perfect person for the job and go into the interview ready to honestly communicate what makes you distinctive and to ask lots of questions to determine if the job is really the best next role for your career.” – Stefan Schneider
Here are a few additional points worth noting as you prepare to speak with recruiters. Read: How to Work With Executive Recruiters This process is meant to not only streamline your job search but it is also meant to help streamline a business’s hiring process. This post explains how you should be prepared to set boundaries about what you are willing to consider. For example, if you are not willing to relocate for work it is important to set that boundary at the start. It will save a lot of time and energy for everyone involved. With that being said, it is important to offer an explanation as to why you have your particular boundaries. This allows the recruiter a better understanding of what to focus on and what to remove as potential opportunities in your job search. This point below is particularly noteworthy and provides a good framework for preparing your questions:
Ask smart questions. If a recruiter approaches you about a career opportunity, show you’re job-search savvy by inquiring about the size of the employer, its culture, the competencies needed for the position and whether you’re the first candidate to be considered. Also request a copy of the job’s specifications. This will signal to the recruiter that you are somebody who understands the bigger picture and is digging deep to understand what the job is all about.
Once you have had the call with the recruiter the communication does not end there. Even after they have set you up with an interview or two keep in touch. This will provide you the opportunity to discuss what went well with the interview and perhaps provide additional details to help target your job search efforts. Staying in touch with the recruiter will also ensure you do not miss out on new opportunities that may arise.
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