Recruiters have a bad reputation, though they are a necessary ingredient in many careers. It is very easy for someone to become a recruiter. The position requires virtually no official experience, and recruiters are paid on commission rather than salary. This means your career and sanity has a likelihood of being handled by someone with no credentials and no professionalism. Thankfully, you can protect yourself with just a few tips.
Job Candidate Tips For Working With A Recruiter
First, rest assured that you don’t have to rely on a poor recruiter. The problem may be too common, but it is neither standard nor tolerable if they speak to you in a pushy, degrading, or threatening manner. Happily turn them down. Then, seek out or wait for a recruiter, depending on your need, that will treat you with respect and take the time to get the hire right for everyone.
Feel free to research them before contacting them. Recruiters should have a public presence at the firm they work for or on LinkedIn. Use the name from their emails or job advertisements to learn more about them.
Remember that it is okay for you to ask them questions. You may ask about their experience and qualifications. You should definitely ask about the position and company they are trying to match you with. Question them on the company culture, what the hiring manager is like, the goals of the company and/or goals they wish to address by filling the position. This will give you valuable insight into whether you want the job or not and give you a clue to their quality as a recruiter. If they can’t answer these questions, move on. Also, drop names and skill and tool references into your communications with the recruiter to see if they are familiar with the industry. While the company questions are more important, you can detect a thorough and professional recruiter by their ability to answer questions about the industry they are hiring for.
There are too many recruiters out there who have fallen into the trap of trying to make quick hires at the expense of quality job placement. Avoid them by doing research on the recruiter or recruiting firm as well as asking questions. If they don’t 100% convince you of their value as a recruiter, move on. If they don’t impress you, they can’t help you impress a hiring manager.