How do I meet a recruiter?

Top do’s and don’ts when meeting a recruiter

A little known fact about recruiting is that it does not need a high level of expertise. In spite of this, I never cease to be surprised by the lack of preparation that prospects bring to an interview with a recruiter.

It is really unusual for me to come across someone, especially at a senior level, who is able to explain their professional ambitions or even specify target firms or industries. If you spend some time in preparation and thinking about your next step, previous experience, and how you want to approach your job hunt, you will get a lot more out of a meeting with a recruiter. This is a fact. Even if you just have a general concept of where you want your career to go, having some kind of plan may be quite helpful.

And here's one more thing: having a horrible performance with a recruiter can indeed have repercussions. Think about it: if you make a mistake in an interview with the hiring manager of one firm, then it is one place where you probably won't have much luck in the future. If you give a poor performance in an interview with a recruiter who will be responsible for recruitment for a number of organizations in your area, there are now a number of businesses where the recruiter may be reluctant to represent you. This is because the recruiter will be responsible for recruitment for all of these organizations.


Keeping this in mind, the following is a list of the most important things that you should and should not do while interacting with a recruiter:


DO


Dress up

It's all about how you present yourself. You should seem professional while meeting with a recruiter. You may dress more casually if required after you get the job, but it's usually ideal to strive for business wear throughout the interview process. We want to see you in formal attire, or at the very least, smart casual attire. It is important that the clothing you wear look good and are comfortable so that you are not continually altering them or fiddling with them.

Is it always required to dress in a manner appropriate for a business setting? Maybe not. However, the amount of work required is not very high, and it may be the deciding factor when shortlisting candidates, particularly in markets with an unusually large number of applicants. Dress at the more formal end of the norms that are acceptable in your sector. An applicant's ability to present themselves in a professional manner will never work against them.


Always be punctual.

Once again, this is a fundamental prerequisite. You shouldn't show there much too early or way too late. It goes without saying that arriving early is preferable than being late; yet, if you arrive an hour early, it might be unpleasant. And how can we be sure that you won't be late again when we send you to meet with one of our customers if you've already been late once?

If you are concerned that you will be late for your appointment, search up live traffic and monitor work updates, as well as parking and public transportation options in the area, and verify those options in advance. There is no problem with giving oneself a little more time as a buffer in case anything unexpected happens, but this buffer period shouldn't be any longer than ten to fifteen minutes.


Maintain a spreadsheet tracking your job search activities.

We talk to a lot of individuals who have conducted a significant amount of research prior to our meeting them, but none of it has been documented in any way. My recommendation is to maintain a spreadsheet and to have a disciplined approach to it. It also demonstrates that you are interested, organized, and active in your job hunt rather than waiting for the recruiter to do all of the effort. This is because I will not submit your CV to firms that have already seen it.


Review your curriculum vitae.

When I ask a potential applicant for further information about anything included on their CV, there are instances when they are unable to recall the facts. You need to have a very strong familiarity with your CV so that you can immediately recall the tasks you had in a position and the successes you had.

It will have been time well spent when you are able to come in and describe your prior experience with confidence, not to mention that you will subsequently be more comfortable talking about it when you go in for job interviews. In addition to this, it is essential that you provide concrete and understandable examples of various facets of your position; ideally, you should be able to summarize your responsibilities in one to two lines. Visit our cover letter and CV guidance pages for further information and suggestions on how to write the ideal CV.


Carry do some study.

It is a good idea to research the firms that a recruiter currently works with or is likely to work with before scheduling a meeting with them. It is beneficial for you to establish a connection with a certain firm or industry that you are interested in working for if your recruiter already has a working relationship with that business or industry.


DON’T


Take off your address from your curriculum vitae.

Take out your address from your curriculum vitae if you want to discourage potential employers from contacting you. Why? A person who lives in Coffs Harbour will need an entirely different strategy for their job hunt in comparison to someone who resides in Sydney.

If you are concerned that if we see that you reside in Coffs Harbour, we would be less likely to consider you for a position in Sydney, all you need to do is add a bit of narrative to your CV, such as "Based in Coffs Harbour and hoping to transfer to Sydney." In this way, you may alleviate your concerns. The more information that you can provide, the better.


Be very adaptable.

That is, don't say anything along the lines of "I'll work anywhere and do anything." This does not in any way make you seem flexible; rather, it makes our work more difficult since preferences make it simpler to target the appropriate task for you. Have a strategy, and don't be afraid to talk about it; if you do, we'll be able to help you get the kind of work you actually want. Even if you are unclear of the specific function or position you are searching for, it is possible to discover success in finding your next career by providing information about the sorts of positions in which you have previously been successful or liked working.


Deviate from the path.

When a recruiter first sees you, they have between 45 minutes and an hour to learn about your professional background and get a sense of where you want to go in the future. In this scenario, the greatest strategy for getting through all of the questions that the recruiter would ask is to be short and straightforward in your responses.

Be sure that you are actively listening to the question being asked of you, and center your response on the information that the recruiter need to know (which is not necessarily the same as what you want to tell them). If further information is necessary, the recruiter will inquire about it. This is particularly important to keep in mind if the consultant you are meeting with operates in the interim or temporary job markets.


Hide your previous errors

It is not necessary to tell lies regarding employment gaps or brief tenures on your CV. It is common for people to make errors in their professional lives, take time off, take parental leave, and then go back to school. When you are honest with your recruiter, you create trust in the connection, which makes it easier for us to feel confident in representing you. Furthermore, we have a tendency to find out if you have been stretching the facts in any way.

It is understandable that you would like to present the most positive image of yourself and your history; however, it is far more important that you trust your recruiter from the very beginning, even if you have made mistakes in the past, and allow us to figure out the most effective way to guide you.


Go on holiday

... without divulging this information to your recruiter. It is not a problem if you are unable to attend interviews at this time; nevertheless, it is essential that recruiters be aware of this fact so that you are not considered for interviews that you are unable to attend. If you don't communicate, you won't benefit anybody — not your recruiter, not future employers, and certainly not yourself.


Be afraid

You should be able to converse smoothly and confidently in any interview, but particularly with a recruiter, since how you show yourself in that meeting is how they are going to represent you to possible employers. If you are able to do this, you will have a much easier time being hired. If you're concerned about being nervous before meeting with a recruiter, consider rehearsing your replies to questions that are likely to be asked of you.

You shouldn't try to memorize prepared replies since you can't be sure how questions will be framed or what kind of interview it will be. Instead, you should just be prepared to answer questions as they come up. Instead, you should practice responding to a variety of inquiries in a variety of ways so that you become fluent in talking about yourself and are comfortable doing so.

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