Maximizing your Partnership with your Recruiter
Once you’ve got a recruiter, how do you work with them to get the most from your relationship? Here are a few things to remember:
The more information your recruiter has about you, the better. With this information, your recruiter will assess your capabilities and experiences to ultimately identify the most appropriate opportunities for you. An honest, open line of communication is vital in this process. Be upfront about your ambitions; share whatever ideas you have about companies or industries you have interests in; let your recruiter know which companies you’ve met with in the past, and the results of those interviews. Bear in mind that no detail is too small.
It’s important to lay down the ground-work from the very start as to how your recruiter should be working with you. With each step of the recruiting process, the efficiency and detail of information shared between you, your recruiter, and the potential employer makes all the difference in keeping the momentum of searches moving forward. In return, your recruiter should maintain strict confidentiality on the information you share with them, collaborate with you on the information which should be shared with potential employers, and address any questions or concerns you have after each interview.
There are some KEY THINGS your recruiter definitely needs to know about in regards to any on-going opportunities:
• If your situation suddenly changes
• If your feelings about the opportunity changes
• If something comes up that will take you out of the interviewing loop for some time
After each interview, you should be calling up your recruiter immediately (or as soon as you can) to share your feedback. Be honest. Be detailed. What was discussed in the interview? What was your impression about the interviewer? What was particularly compelling about the opportunity? Are there any negative points or concerns? Did the interviewer mention what the next step was? What’s the timing for the next step? Was salary discussed? Etc. Feeding your detailed thoughts back to the employer is important, as this directly reflects your level of interest in the opportunity.
Your recruiter needs to know exactly what you’re feeling about a particular opportunity, and after an interview, in order to set up the right expectations and best represent and communicate your thoughts and feelings.
Last but not least, HAVE A DETAILED, UPDATED RESUME PREPARED!