JSD Consulting

Working with Recruiters – 10 Tips

1. Be Professional
How you work with a recruiter is a direct correlation of how you will work with your boss, your colleagues and your vendors. It is a window into who you really are. A good recruiter will always measure this as part of your qualifications and convey his or her impressions to the prospective hiring company.

2. Be Honest
Be upfront about the extent of your job-searching efforts and results. Your recruiter has a vested interest in placing you in a career that could potentially change your life. You will gain nothing from being dishonest with your recruiter.

3. Be Forthright
Tell your recruiter all of your requirements and preferences—for example, with regard to salary or relocation. When an interview is completed, you should give the recruiter your feedback—good, bad or indifferent. This is the only way we can facilitate the process. We must talk with you before we get back in touch with the hiring manager. We'll want to know what was discussed, how the manager left the interview with you, whether you're still interested in the position, and whether you want to proceed to the next step. If you aren't interested in proceeding, then let us know why not. This will help us in screening other opportunities for you.

4. Be Committed
Don’t be casual with what you agree or commit to. Your attention to commitment will not go unnoticed. Know what you want, say what you mean, and do what you say.

5. Be Proactive
Get to know recruiters who specialise in your industry. Place a call to them and get familiar with them. Be sure to send them your CV. You don't even have to be looking for a job when you contact them, but it is good for them to have your CV on file. You never know when they might have the ideal job opportunity for you.

6. Be Inquisitive
You will probably have questions about housing costs, insurance, relocation, etc. Ask your recruiter. We want to make sure all these questions are answered before the interview. 'Do I want to work here?' and 'Do I want to work with these people?' are the only questions left for the interview.

7. Be Prepared
Prepare for the interview by reading the materials that your recruiter has sent you and by doing research on the company.

8. Be Cooperative
Don’t play games. Regardless of any past experiences you have had with recruiters, take your current recruiter seriously. If you are not comfortable with your recruiter, then find another one who can help you.

9. Be Patient
A smart recruiter knows how frustrating it can be to search for a job. Be patient. We’ve got your best interests in mind, and we’ll call you as soon as we can.

10. Be Enthusiastic
We still get excited about a truly marketable candidate. We like to see enthusiasm in the candidate as well.