Last month we introduced “Recruiter’s Perspective – Part 1”, where we sat three of our top recruiters in on a roundtable discussion and asked them career centered questions. This is part 2 of the round table discussion.
Question 1: As a recruiter who represents candidates, what are your expectations of the candidate once you’ve mutually decided to work together in pursuit of an assignment?
“Be reliable and dependable. Show up to the interview on time and keep your recruiter in the loop as to what is going on. For instance, if you’re sent on an interview, call us after and let us know how it went. We want to know that you’re interested.” – Irene
“If something changes with your job status, let us know. We want to support you however we can.” – Michelle
Question 2: What advice do you have for candidates who have to answer the interview question: “Tell me about yourself?”
“This is your sales pitch about yourself as to why my client should hire you. This is your time to shine. Don’t tell me about what you like to do on the weekends. Keep it brief and professional.” – Irene
“Keep it professional and specific to the job you’re interviewing for. If the job requires someone proficient in Excel, explain to me how you can meet up to that requirement.”- Michelle
Question 3: Of the hundreds of positions you’ve filled over the years, please describe one or two really successful placements that stand out the most in your memory and why.
“I once had a candidate who previously worked for a nail salon and was hired for a temporary 2 week filing job. The two week position turned into 2 years, and then permanent!” - Irene
“I was trying to find someone for a temporary 3 month position. I received a phone call from a lady who was retired and looking for work. I described to her the 3 month position and while she was hesitant at first, she went in for the interview and got the job. She ended up working for them for 3 years!” – Jackie
Question 4: What do you like most about recruiting?
“We get the chance to help people find their next career. It’s different every day and it keeps you on your toes.” – Michelle
“I love that I get the opportunity to help people. Trying to find the right people for the right position is like a treasure hunt.” – Irene
“There is never a dull moment. It’s rewarding when you see a candidate go from temporary to permanent.” – Jackie
Do you have a question for our recruiters? Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and it might get featured on the next Recruiter’s Perspective.