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Working with a Recruiter: A Checklist for Candidates

Recruiters are typical, but quality recruiters are hard to find. Before you entertain a call from a recruiter proposing a life-changing career opportunity, it’s worth posing some of the following questions to make sure you are talking to the right individual who you feel comfortable speaking to.

Find out about their work: Find out about the company they work for, i.e. what is the company’s track record, especially about the opportunity they have approached you about. Also, delve deeper into their relationship with their clients, i.e. in what capacity are they representing their client or how long have they been working with their client.

Are there any other candidates in the process? Most recruiters won’t tell how many other candidates are being considered for the role but some do. Also, try asking how urgently the position needs to be filled. If they respond with unclear answers, it’s probably because the role has just gone live or is challenging to fill.

What is the opportunity? Don’t be tempted by the job title alone but find out about the nature of work the successful candidate will be doing, about the reporting lines and level of seniority. Insist on receiving a job specification via email from the recruiter. Get as much information on the role as possible.

What is the salary? Instead of asking what the pay is, ask what the ‘achievable’ salary is? Don’t waste time on discussing salary in detail and cut straight to the chase by indicating to the recruiter what level of salary you currently get. The recruiter will then be in a better position to tell you whether or not the pay will be in line with your expectations.

What is their background?  An awkward question to ask directly, but if you want the recruiter to help you land your dream job, you need to know what the credentials of this person are. Nine times out of 10, recruiters will be on LinkedIn, so this should be your first port of call when carrying out your due diligence.

What is the average feedback time? One of the major frustrations of both candidates and recruiters is the amount of time it takes to find out about the outcome of an application which unfortunately neither can do much about as the client controls it. Nevertheless, ask the recruiter if there is an average feedback time or if there are going to be any delays in getting feedback.

What is the interview process? Most good recruiters will tell you this automatically but if they don’t, then ask them to break down the interview process step by step, i.e. how many stages to the interview, what is the nature of the meeting – telephone or face to face or both, who are the interviewers, where and when will the discussion take place etc.

Why is the role available? This question should be asked in tandem with ‘what is the opportunity?’ Find out if it is a new role or a replacement. If it is a replacement, then ask why that is the case. If you don’t get a clear cut answer here, it might indicate that the client has some deeper employee engagement issue(s) that resulted in the role becoming available.

In summary, a good recruiter will know their client’s requirements inside out. Even if the role they are speaking to you about does not materialise with an offer, do make a point of keeping in touch with them. You never know there might be an even better opportunity for you later on.


Your Online Presence Matters: 5 LinkedIn Rules to Follow

More and more companies are turning to LinkedIn as the ‘go to’ place in finding prospective candidates and an increasing number of job seekers are seeing merit in being visible on the network. Creating a tidy, professional and well written LinkedIn profile now is absolutely key in getting noticed by recruiters. LinkedIn is a professional network but being part of the wider online social media family, people often forget that and end up producing profiles that might be better suited to other social networks. Here are 5 things you need to take on board when crafting a decent LinkedIn profile and presence:

Do not name and shame: There was a member I came across recently who posted on his LinkedIn update of how chuffed he was feeling at leaving his current company and could not wait until he started with his new (nicer) employer. Regardless of how you feel about your job or any other issue, do not make it personal. Remember if things were to take a turn for the worse after posting such updates, you are responsible for what you post online and will suffer the consequences.

Pictures: Do take the effort to post a decent picture of yourself as it will add weight to your LinkedIn profile. Some points to note would be to get the background right (light blue or white is ideal), avoid pictures that include you posing with members of your family, as someone else, with friends on a night out however sweet that may look to you, and avoid pictures that you look absolutely miserable in.

Language: Look out for typos and be clear and concise in your language. Explain what you do and avoid going off on a tangent. Use keywords to be found so that you come up easily on searches.

Contact Information: Let other know how you would like to be contacted. If you are not an active LinkedIn user, let others know. The more detail you give the better, and also save time getting unnecessary emails. Moreover, also keep contact preferences up to date.

Updates: Post relevant updates that your network will find appealing. Keep politics and religion out of it. If you want to post updates of that nature, you can do that on other online networks. LinkedIn is a professional network.

Remember, you want to stand out well on LinkedIn so keep it simple and sensible.