Recruiters, who needs them?

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Recruiters, who needs them?

 11th Feb 2019

Cut out the middle man, right?

You’ve got accounts on job boards, you can conduct your own job search online and you know how to land yourself a job interview. So, what good is a recruiter going to do you

Well, finding a new job that appeals to you, fits your skill level, and has an office culture that suits you can be pretty stressful, and once you find a role that you’re excited for, you then have the pressure of impressing the company at the all-important job interview.

Want somebody to guide and advise you throughout this process?

A good recruiter won’t just match you to a potential company and then abandon you. Good recruiters will offer support and market knowledge that can make both your process run a bit smoother. Here are some ways they can help guide you through the interview stage:

 

Essential pre-interview research.

Before a job interview, research is key. You want to know everything you can about the company and what your role within it would look like, that’s what’ll give you the best chance of impressing in an interview, by tailoring your responses so that they’re relevant to the company you’re interviewing with.

With knowledge of the market climate and the company you’re interviewing with, a recruiter can help you gain a much better, more in-depth insight into the company than any Wikipedia page or ‘about us’ website link can offer.

 

Narrowing in on the types of questions you might get.

There are so many potential interview questions, literally an endless list, and you can’t prepare for all of them.

Recruiters converse with the business they’re working with; that means they know the business’ priorities and what kind of role they’re looking to fill, as well as why other past candidates may not have worked out. This can help narrow down the focus on an otherwise fairly broad job title. For example, within a Marketing Manager role, they might encourage you to really focus on your digital knowledge. They might want their next digital role to really focus on the website, maybe they’re really keen to hear about the challenges you’ve faced as a leader etc. Recruiters can pass on this focused information before you go for interview, so you can go in more prepared and with a better idea of what will impress.

 

Bringing up awkward topics.

There’s more to life than work. And, as much as all you want to do in an interview is impress, sometimes other factors have to be taken into account when accepting a new role.

People often worry if they try to negotiate flexible hours, for example to work around their children, that it could be misconstrued as a poor work ethic or lack of enthusiasm for the role. The same goes for bringing up salary negotiations. A recruiter can bring up these sometimes awkward topics, and

work as a negotiator to ensure both sides get an agreement they’re happy with.

So don’t go it alone!

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