Practical Interview Advice From Job Recruiters

Locating the most talented and qualified candidates for job openings is the main purpose of any recruiter, however, the amount of time and effort it takes to find the top job-seekers in any particular field is often overlooked.  Recruiters work within the center of the job market, so when looking for interview advice, they should be your first stop.

In the interview world, right and wrong are quite often differentiated by a very fine line.  Here, we’ll look at some practical advice based on expert research in the field.

Maintain Your Selectiveness.

When it comes to hiring, interviewers prefer enthusiasm, interest, and a specific sense of motivation, and any good job recruiter will be sure to respond more readily to a candidate with specific interview-advice-job-recruiters-business-professionals-standing-in-linegoals.  They have dwindling enthusiasm for those who come to the interview with an “I’ll take anything” attitude.  A recruiter can’t place you in a position if you don’t know what you are looking for.

Additionally, don’t lead a recruiter into thinking you may accept a position that you simply aren’t interested in and have no intention of accepting.  According to David Staiti, Managing Partner and Founder of Virus Recruiting, LLC, “Don’t get deep into the interview process, or take things to the offer stage, if you can’t see yourself working at the company. You’ll not only be wasting your time, but you could leave a negative impression with the people who feel like you wasted theirs.

Be the person who knows what they want and would be an asset to the team, and you will find you will swiftly move to the top of a recruiter’s list.

Have Questions Ready.

Interviews are certainly not a one way street.  No interviewer would or should denounce a candidate for asking a question, and the same hold true for meeting with a job recruiter.

In fact, the most disappointing candidate is the one who has no questions at all.  Simply by failing to demonstrate insight about the job, the company, or the market, you risk throwing away a perfect opportunity to convince the interviewer that you’re the right person for the job.

Follow Up the Right Way.

It is natural to wonder exactly what impression you have made on an interviewer, yet it’s important to resist the temptation to continue an intense level of communication after the interview has ended.  Asking what the next steps are before you conclude the interview should technically be your last question.  According to Abby Kohut, recruitment advisor and author of ‘Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets’, “Calling [an interviewer] constantly and demanding to be submitted to a company will just make them think you’re desperate and unhinged and a little scary.”

While a brief “thank you” or follow-up email post-interview is perfectly acceptable, do not barrage your interviewer with an endless series of phone calls and messages in hopes to speed up the process or gain answers.

Don’t Over-Simplify.

Often, a recruiter, or interviewer in general, may not necessarily be an expert in your specific field of knowledge.  However, don’t feel the need to rely on an over-simplified approach.  An experienced professional is likely used to speaking with people more knowledgeable about certain topics, and they will not be affronted or unsettled if an interviewee possesses more knowledge than they do on a certain subject. While you should avoid truly obscure trade jargon, it is not your obligation to reduce your knowledge to bare bones.  As Malcom Forbes once stated, “Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired do”.

Be Diversified.

Rather than being “all about the job”, aim to present as a fully rounded individual.  An interviewer most likely won’t care whether you collect stamps or play paint ball on the weekends, for example.  What they do want to know is that you are reasonably stable and socially integrated.

Appearing as an individual who is healthy in mind and body gives employers more confidence in your long term stability as an employee.  Since stability translates into long-term success with a company, recruiters find this desirable, as it means that you will also reflect well on them as a staffing service.

Share a Good Idea.

If you are interviewing for a specific position or are aware of which organization your recruiter is attempting to place you, try researching the company beforehand and ascertain whether you can isolate a problem they’re having. If it is within your skill set, try working out a potential solution for it.

Once the interview turns more conversational, that is your opportunity to present your observation of the problem and your solution.  Even if it’s not the best solution, at least it demonstrates creativity, and puts you head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd.

The Takeaway

interview-advice-job-recruiters-professional-woman-and-man-in-interviewWhile interviewing in any setting, it’s important to bring all components to the forefront. Avoid reading from a proverbial script, and show your prospective employer the many facets of your professional self.

Show them that you can fit in their company culture, and do your part to learn about the organization.  As mentioned earlier, interviewing is a two way street; besides providing information about yourself, it is your opportunity to learn about the company.  It’s not only a matter of being offered the job; it’s also a matter of being offered a job you want to accept.

If a particular company’s culture doesn’t suit you, remember there are plenty of other companies out there that would welcome your skills and talent.  You can reject or accept them as easily as they can you, and with the proper interviewing skills, your chances of finding the right fit are tenfold.

Be prepared; be yourself; and be hired.

By Fred Coon, CEO


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