How can I stay proactive whilst liaising with a Recruiter?

by | Jun 7, 2021 | News

Liaising with a recruitment consultant, or an agency gives you the opportunity to work with experts in the local job market who have a wealth of knowledge on making strategic moves within your field. We have put together some useful information on some ways you can be pro-active whilst liaising with a Recruiter!

Have an up to date CV ready to go (AND KNOW IT).

A strong candidate CV is a fantastic starting point to the recruitment process. Remember, this is the first impression that a future employer will have of you – make sure your selling yourself the best way you can. Please make sure that you have your contact information placed clearly on your CV!

Our top tips:

  • Put your experience first in chronological order,
  • Nothing overly personal,
  • No PDFs – a simple word document is perfect,
  • No pictures – headshots can be hard to get right,
  • Tailor your CV to each role,
  • Hobbies and interests are not necessary if they can’t be applied,
  • If you have contributed to growth please talk numbers, show figures and percentages.

Although we are happy to provide career coaching/mapping – it is good to start with some idea of the direction you want to move in.If you are a qualified accountant in a practice environment who is seeking a first move to industry? Or are you stronger in auditing than you are on the accounting side? Alongside this you could have an understanding of what sector you would like to work in, what companies are of interest and location is also key!

We would encourage you to get to know your professional self-better!

Understand your offering, understand what your “USP’s” are and any other skills which you feel are strongly your best. How would you like your recruiter to sell you? You can influence this. Ask your favourite colleague in your current role how they would describe you to work with. Make sure they are honest! We want to make sure we are putting forward the best version of you.

Your recruiter has arranged an interview for you – now for some pre-interview research.

This one step can be the difference between your interview going well or not…

The first thing you should do is follow the company on LinkedIn. We are living in a world right now that is all digital, so companies are turning to LinkedIn and other social media channels to present the best version of themselves. LinkedIn is a fantastic research tool as you can easily find the key decision makers/stakeholders within each company. If your consultant has shared with you the interview panel, look them up!

Check out their website and their social media presence; have a look for clues like company values and decide if they relate to you personally.
For example – at Artemis Human Capital “our relationships are built upon a foundation of shared values which are Integrity, Honesty, Transparency, Respect and Trust” and these values are important to us! We would want an interviewee to demonstrate how they would align with these.

When researching – think of the 5 W’S.
  • Who are the company?
  • What do they do?
  • When were they established?
  • Where do they operate?
  • Why would you want to work there/why should they have you in their business?

For further research, try local news sources (Insider Magazine, DirectorNi Magazine, The Financial Times) and if necessary, Companies House.

Prepare yourself to interview at home:

Treat a Zoom interview as you would a ‘normal’ face to face interview and dress properly for the occasion. It will make sure you look professional head to toe but it will also help to get you in the zone and the right headspace. Some other tips for Zoom interviews:

  • Make sure you pick a quiet room with no distractions and no clutter in the background – this can be off putting for the person conducting the interview.
  • Make sure you have familiarised yourself with Zoom so you are not nervous about using it for the first time.
  • Ensure that you are set up and ready to go at least 10 minutes before the interview. You will want to ensure your internet connectivity is strong and won’t fail halfway through.
  • You should position your laptop far enough away from you so that the camera can capture a fuller view of your upper body and not just a closeup of your face. You should have the camera facing straight on and sit up straight whilst making eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Ensure your phone is on silent mode and all other tabs on your laptop are closed down.
Know your interview competencies for interview (understand the star technique):
  • Situation: Set the scene, provide context e.g what happened, when, where?
  • Task: Describe the challenge and expectations; What needed to be done? Why did it need to be done?
  • Action: What did you do? How did you do it? What tools did you use?
  • Result: How did the situation end? Accomplishment; Recognition; Savings; Quantify.

Understand the job description and what they are looking for especially the person specification and how you meet the criteria. Think of your key career achievements. Have a solid benchmark in terms of salary – expectations etc – be prepared to answer that question.

If you are considering a move at the moment and would value expert advice a consultancy with circa 50 years combined recruitment experience – speak to the team at Artemis Human Capital today.