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Great Ways that a Recruiter can Help You throughout the Interview Process

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Beth Allsopp

The idea of progressing your career and stepping into a brand-new role is very exciting. Unfortunately, the prospect of finding and securing that perfect new role is sometimes met with dread and procrastination rather than excitement. Successfully navigating a career move is exceptionally time-consuming, the process can take over your spare time, distracting you from your workweek and upsetting your work/life balance. Fortunately, with the help of a recruiter, there are various ways that the entire transition can be eased, and the amount of stress can be drastically reduced, whilst the pathways to new opportunities will be simultaneously multiplied.

The following points highlight how a recruiter can help you throughout the entire interview process, why you should focus on building a strong relationship with a good recruiter, and some tips on how you can get the most out of that relationship.

 

Securing the Interview

Recruiters save you time

Before even securing that interview, imagine the number of hours that you could spend searching job boards for the right openings, and then consider the additional amount of time it takes to apply to the jobs that you manage to filter down. By getting yourself into the talent pool of a recruiter, you have the potential of being considered for roles without even having to do any extra work. Getting in contact with a recruiter specialising in your industry is a great way to fast track the process of finding the best opportunities that are appropriate to your experience and skill set.

Access to more job opportunities

Secondly, not all roles are advertised on job sites. Some companies wish to exercise discretion when recruiting or may have tight turnaround deadlines, preferring not to lose any time by advertising and waiting for responses. In such cases, where companies go directly to recruiters to access candidates, you will need to be connected with an effective recruiter to get your foot in the door.

Even if all of the roles you might want to apply for were posted on job sites, it’s probably impossible to keep up with the number of new opportunities that are refreshed onto job boards each day, and even more difficult to ensure that you are actively looking at every job site where relevant roles could be being posted. Recruiters have great market intel and keep up to date with the newly vacant positions as they become available.

Gain market intelligence

If you work with a recruiter specialising in your niche area, they will readily have a great grasp of your qualifications and experience, as well as new developments within the industry. Their daily interactions mean that they will understand, from first-hand experience, what hiring trends are taking place within your industry. They have also developed trusted partnerships with multiple hiring managers, so will likely be amongst the first to know when new opportunities arise. Expert recruiters know what skillsets will help you stand out from the crowd and utilise this knowledge to ensure that you best portray these key skills and experience, via your CV and during interview.

 

Preparing for Interview

Insider information

Consultants have a relationship with the companies that they will be putting you forward for and may have already placed candidates there before. They will know, from the company’s previous feedback, what their motives are for hiring, what they are looking for in a candidate, and what they avoid when looking for new hires. They will understand the company culture and will also have an idea of the recruitment process that an organisation will be proceeding with. Therefore, you will know what to expect and can get an indication of the structure of your interview and the sort of questions or challenges you will need to be prepared for.

Expert Interview Preparation

Recruiters will ensure that you feel fully prepared before entering your interview. Not only will they be able to guide you as you review the job description and how your experience aligns with the responsibilities of the role but can go far beyond this by providing information on the hiring manager’s personality, interview style, and professional background.

With the help of a recruiter, you will get a stronger understanding of what will be expected of candidates during each interview stage. You will be armed with the knowledge of which key things are most important to your interviewer and will know which parts of your CV to emphasise in order to best impress them. In addition to this, your recruiter can give you top tips on how to close the interview and also suggest some sample questions to ask your interviewer

 

After Interview

Get honest feedback

After interviews take place, an efficient recruiter will always go directly to both the candidate and their client to discuss how it went and get feedback. Unfortunately, many companies aren’t always great at providing applicants with feedback. As you can imagine, the recruiter probably has an established relationship with the hiring manager, leading the interviewer to share their thoughts more openly. The Recruiter will also be well experienced in probing hiring managers for more information and more detailed explanations for their views – they know what questions to ask. This means that you can get more detailed and in-depth feedback on how you perform at interview. Not only will this be greatly advantageous for developing this for the future, if the interview is a first stage interview, but you will also know what may need to be addressed at the second interview or what concerns the employer might have that you can then rectify.

Negotiating the best deal

As you progress through the recruitment stages and successfully secure a new position, your recruiter will usually handle the job offer and be able to negotiate the best terms and salary for you. This is greatly beneficial because recruiters are great negotiators. Whilst negotiating does not come naturally to everyone, and can often even feel awkward, a recruiter will ensure that you get the deal you deserve. You can be certain that they’re genuinely invested in getting you the highest compensation as it’s also within their own interest.

Extend your Network Connections

Once you have worked with a recruiter to apply for a role, they will most likely want to hold onto your details, not only to keep you as a contact but also to keep you within their talent pool. Even after you have been happily placed in a new position, this is a great way to ensure that you’re still open to opportunities to evolve your career further. Your CV could be considered for new and exciting roles, without you actively looking or having to give up any time to send an application.

Many organisations will use a recruiter repetitively when they are satisfied with their service. Good recruiters spend their days solidifying strong relationships with hiring managers. By connecting with a recruiter that specialises in your industry, through them, you can benefit by becoming connected with the important decision-makers within organisations that you wish to work for.

To be put in touch with a recruiter specialising in your market contact info@hamlynwilliams.com today.