Recruiters are like elephants… they have great memories and they never forget! They remember even the briefest of encounters, filing the smallest of details away, which, come crunch time, can have a huge impact on your success in securing a job through them. They’re also aided by the databases they utilise to track all their past and present communications with you. Every interaction you have with a recruiter is part of the interview process, so you need to be mindful of what you say and how you come across at each step of the journey.
Here are a few of the little things you can do to ensure you’re always putting your best foot forward during the recruitment process (and believe me, they can really be make or break):
- Mind your p’s and q’s! Good basic manners and politeness go a long way, people might not always remember exactly what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel and they will be less inclined to help you if they don’t rate you as a respectable individual; and that’s a given in any industry.
- Be confident and apply to the job advertisement directly. If an advert is super vague and you really want more detail before applying, it’s totally fine to ring the recruiter and ask for more information, but it’s best to do this in small doses. Recruiters are often time poor as they are regularly managing multiple roles, so indecisiveness will not help you in the long run, you need to be in the driving seat when it comes to your career progression.
- Be nice to the receptionist. Recruiters and hiring managers often ask their receptionists what they thought of a candidate, because it’s very revealing in terms of how a person will behave with their peers and any reporting staff. Check out this blog on why your interaction with the receptionist plays such a big part in your job success.
- If you’re asked to fill out application forms and provide documents like passports and drivers’ licences, be gracious about it even if it feels like an inconvenience. Recruiters need to be able to confirm to their clients that a candidate has the right to work in NZ and that they are who they say they are. Application forms provide a great snapshot of a candidate and recruiters refer to these often, so they will actually help your cause!
- Keep the channels of communication open. Promptly responding to emails or phone calls regarding interviews, supplying a CV or referees will help recruiters to help you in your job search. There will be other candidates in the mix for the jobs you have applied for, so if you take too long to respond or make it near impossible for a recruiter to get hold of you then another candidate could pip you at the post and secure the job.
- Take onboard constructive feedback. Getting defensive indicates an inability to learn and adapt. Feedback is an opportunity for you to grow and improve, so see it as a positive!
- Take rejection in your stride. Everyone at some point in their career gets declined for a role, so when this happens keep your cool. The recruiter and hiring manager will definitely remember how you respond and it will influence whether they reach out to you or not for future roles.
- Steer clear of decision flip flopping. Saying you’re really keen on a job and progressing to the job offer stage before suddenly doing a 360˚ turn, because you were never really that invested in the role, will make you appear unreliable and will burn bridges with recruiters and hiring managers alike.
So, are you ready to take the leap and explore new career opportunities? Please submit your resume and cover letter to us and we can get the ball rolling!
Written by Alisa Moore, Research & Community Manager at Gaulter Russell Numero, a Rubicor Company