Should You Meet Your Recruiter?
With so much of recruitment now taking place online it can be very tempting to complete the entire process of applying for various jobs without ever coming face to face with the person handling your applications.
This level of anonymity can be both a blessing and a curse, as it means you don’t have to go through the ordeal of making a good impression on every recruiter you meet but also prevents you from creating a good relationship that will benefit your job search. Whilst you can save time by avoiding face to face meetings with the recruiters you’re working with, overall you will most likely find that if you take the time to show up to a meeting with a recruiter your CV will more often be at the top of the pile. Of course, that all depends on whether you make a good impression on the recruiter so if you agree to a meeting then don’t go into it half hearted.
Make a good first impression – be on time, look professional, don’t answer your phone half way through the meeting and work on positive body language from a firm handshake to avoiding sitting with your arms crossed. Be prepared to sell your experience to show the recruiter why they should help you and don’t approach the situation with a sense of entitlement. If anything isn’t clear then ask questions and don’t try to lie about your experience, as this just creates a sense of distrust.
Act like you’re being interviewed – the recruiter may not be the final employer but they are essentially a gateway to your interviews and if you perform well with a recruiter they will have a lot more confidence when it comes to putting you forward for the roles you want, no matter how challenging they are. This means learning how to effectively present your skills and experience, to answer questions about your abilities concisely and to demonstrate that you can engage in an interview situation.
Use this as an opportunity for feedback – recruiters are experts at analysing interview technique so don’t be afraid to ask for feedback on how you come across. The same goes for your CV, if you think it needs work then ask questions about where you think the holes might be, what is missing and where you can make improvements. You won’t get a better chance to understand what employers are looking for than this.
There are some obvious benefits to agreeing to meet with a recruiter, rather than carrying out the job hunting process over the phone or online. Make the most of the meeting and you’ll find you have a solid ally in finding the exact role to suit you.