How to pick the right Recruiter?

I speak to a high volume of professionals daily and I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say that I can’t help everyone I meet find the right role. So, it got me thinking ‘what way I can help my network’ and I couldn’t find many articles on how to pick the recruiter you need.

Did you know there are over 41,000+ Recruitment consultants in Australia?

As a candidate it can be difficult to figure out whether you should you work with an internal recruiter or if is it better to be represented by someone outside the company? I encourage everyone to first have a think about what it is you want. Are you looking for more responsibility, a change in culture, more money or are you looking to up skill? Once you understand what you want it makes it easier for you to pick the right recruiter.

Once you have figured out why you want to move or what you want to achieve then the logical next step is to reach out to a recruitment consultant or apply to an advert of interest. Here is what I like to call ‘QUALITY CONTROL’.

You need to establish if working with this recruitment consultant is going to be beneficial to you.  I personally spend an intense amount of time with each of my candidates through the hiring process so before this process gets underway, we both need to understand if this time together is going to get results for both parties. The last thing you want to be doing is having the same 30-45 minute conversation with 10+ different recruiters for it to result in nothing or getting 4-5 stages into the interview and not having enough preparation to be successful.

How to quality control:

There are multiple ways you can figure this out. Here are some questions I’d encourage everyone to ask any recruiter if you are applying for a role:

  • ·        How long have you worked with the client?
  • ·        How many people have you placed in the business?
  • ·        Who is it you deal with in the organisation?
  • ·        What is the interview process?
  • ·        How many applicants have you submitted?
  • ·        Have you met with the client?

If you are discretely exploring the market, then understanding the recruiter’s network, reach and their understanding of what you do is crucial, and you should be asking:

  • ·        Who are the key players in the market?
  • ·        Who have you worked with previously?
  • ·        How long have you worked with them for?
  • ·        Who would you approach for me?

Have you met your recruiter?

You both have a great conversation over the phone, and they have left you feeling impressed or excited about working together or a specific career opportunity. Now is where you need to meet. This is their opportunity to understand your skills, strengths, weaknesses and test your interview style so they can better prepare you for when you meet prospective employers. If they don’t meet with you then how can they prepare you accordingly?

The right recruiter will find you the right job!

You must remember that whoever you chose to work with is essentially acting as your representation. If you were a new music artist looking to make it big then you wouldn’t sign to a record label with no money and who no one knew right? So why would you choose to use a recruitment agent who has no network in your area of expertise or doesn’t understand you or the market?

This is your career, don’t leave it in the hands of just anyone…

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