When we get a call from an executive recruiter for a specific job description, two things can happen. Either we are really excited and interested and we really want to get an offer or, we truly don’t feel like that job is our thing.
So how can we make the best of that initial contact and make it work in our favor and become allied with the recruiter? Here are 10 tips to make the most of the candidate-recruiter relationship:
As mentioned previously, you can be contacted for a job a recruiter might think you’re a good fit for. Whether or not you are looking or interested in that job, you should respond to all inquiries. Why? By listening and sharing ideas for the job, you will be remembered.
Make sure your online presence illustrates your personal brand and what you are good at. Make sure to market yourself with updated profiles with appetizer-sized descriptions of your responsibilities and accomplishments.
Sometimes you might find that an executive recruiter calls you because someone referred you but using an old version of your resume, maybe because that’t just the one they had. So make sure to highlight your accomplishments in the latest version of your CV.
If you’re really interest in the job, you have to show that you are. A great way to do this is by doing your homework and get prepared for your interview. How? If you don’t know the company very well yet, take time to understand the job specification and research the company: products, executives, latest news, financial performance, customers, competitors, partners or any other relevant information for the role. Understand the key experience and competencies needed and assess your strengths against those requirements.
Come prepared to share your relevant experience for this opportunity and how you can add value to the company. During your interview, deliver the information directly with short examples of relevant experience.
Be honest and opened to share your current base, bonus, and additional compensation, otherwise it looks like you are trying to hide something.
Before landing an interview, leverage with the recruiter and debrief the job responsibilities so you can better understand the tasks and if you’re truly a good fit.
Show them not only what you’re made of but also how bad you want it. Without being desperate, express your interest for the company and role. This goes a long way with recruiters and the hiring company, with the most interested and prepared often getting the job offer.
Remember that to an executive recruiter it’s in his/her best interest to place you. So work together with them, they can help you get to an agreement while preserving your relationship with your new employer.
Remain in contact with the recruiter during on-boarding and beyond to support you throughout your career. If you leave the job they presented you for after a while, or if you’re still looking for another kind of opportunity, maintaining the relationship will be very beneficial for you.Complete article How to Work with Executive Recruiters to Get a Great Role
By Kathryn Ullrich