Job searching isn’t easy. We have all been there, we get it.
The best recruiters make the whole process seamless and less stressful for you. They are super friendly and they ask all the right questions to make sure that they find you your ideal job.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you need to impress them first. They are the ones that choose the best CVs to present to their clients, so you need to make sure that you put your best foot forward and show them how professional you are.
Be honest… just not TOO honest.
Scenario 1: Asking about the Salary too soon
Recruiter: “Hi Jack, I’ve just spoken to one of my clients from a great company over in London Bridge and there is an opportunity available in their IT team. Would you like to hear about it?”
Candidate: “How much are they offering?”
Outcome: You have just displayed that your focus is on making money and not developing your career. The recruiter needs to know that you have an interest in your field of work and that you would be a good fit for their client’s company.
Ideal response: Listen and then ask questions. Find out what the job responsibilities are and what the company culture is like. It’s not always about the money.
Scenario 2: Your negative reason for leaving
Recruiter: “Why are you looking to leave your current role?”
Candidate: “I hate it here. My manager won’t give me a promotion so I want to leave”.
Outcome: You will come across quite negative and this will make recruiters think twice about forwarding your CV onto their clients – even if you look good on paper, your attitude will have a huge impact on what a recruiter thinks about you.
Ideal response: Saying this is acceptable: “Although I enjoyed my role at (company name), there was no room for progression and I think it’s time for the next step in my career”.
Scenario 3: You think you know better than the recruiter
Recruiter: “Let’s talk about your qualifications and experience which could relate to this particular role”
Candidate: “I don’t need any. It’s an entry level role. I don’t need a degree or experience for that!”
Outcome: Well, don’t be surprised if you don’t get a call back from the recruiter. They are here to work with you to find a role, they cannot perform miracles. They understand their client’s requirements and if you do not fit the bill, you cannot convince them to put you forward anyway.
Ideal response: Be honest. Tell them you haven’t got any experience or qualifications. Tell them that you didn’t realise you required a degree for this particular role. Ask for advice on roles that you can be put forward for or ask about internships so that you can gain experience.
If you are looking for a new role or for career advice, speak to one of our friendly consultants at Euro London.
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