Any advertised job can receive anything from one application to hundreds or thousands even, it is the job of a recruiter to review those applications to determine who should be shortlisted for an initial interview to assess their suitability for the role they are recruiting for. Here are 7 top tips to make sure you attract the attention of the recruiter and get a call back…
1. A top class CV
A well written, achievements orientated structured CV is your principal marketing tool to get noticed and will normally be the first thing you will use to make a good first impression. Spend adequate time writing and developing your CV and avoid making it sound like a job description. This short podcast on Optimising your CV may be a good place to start.
2. The confidence to sell yourself
Recruiters like to hear from a candidate who can confidently demonstrate their key selling points and highlight their achievements. Not only does this differentiate you from others, but will also put you in good stead when putting you forward to a client. Always be ready to have relevant examples and statistics on hand.
3. Arriving on time for your interview time with your Recruiter
Interviews take place either on the phone, face to face or via video call, whatever the method be sure to arrive on time. If you have a telephone interview scheduled make sure you have enough battery life on your mobile phone and in an area with good reception / Wi-Fi calling. For face-to-face interviews check in advance where you are traveling to, how long it take and how you will get there. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early which will make allowances for any potential delays. If you are interviewing via video call then check your system is set up correctly before the call, is your microphone and camera working as it should, check out a great podcast on How to Perform Your Best in Zoom Interviews .
4. Additional skills
It is vital that you stay ahead of industry trends – To an employer, seeing (and hearing) that you know about the industry will help to understand how you can move their business forward. You may wish to particularly highlight additional courses you have attended, interests and hobbies and product knowledge you possess. Sharing this information with the recruiter will help them to bring jobs to you as they arise as they will have a clear understanding of your requirements. This will make you stand out from the crowd.
5. Failure to prepare
One of the most significant ways to show interest in a position is to have researched the organisation and job opportunity. You could, for example when you are discussing opportunities with the recruiter show curiosity by asking questions about the job, the organisation, and its services/products so be prepared. With respect to the information you have researched during your preparation stages you may wish to talk about what interested you the most. This will elicit a conversation of engagement with the Recruiter and an insightful view based on your discussion means making an even stronger statement about yourself.
6. Listen and engage
Listen carefully; your objective here is to give the recruiter your full attention and aim is to answer all the questions proposed to you, and if you’re not sure of the answer discuss this with the recruiter. They are trying to get to know you better and understand you skills, career to date and motivations so that they can present to you the best job opportunities that meet you brief.
7. Motivations for moving job role
At some point individuals might suffer from a reduced level of motivation at work in their career. This may arrive through issues at work, or through an external pressure. A lack of motivation can have a damaging effect on both your professional performance and the way you feel, particularly when economic times are tough. Looking for a new position can be hard and this is why recruiters are here to help. However, when finding out why you would like to move their job is to ensure it is for the right reasons and that you are not making any rash decisions and have thought the whole process through. Be honest with the recruiter about why you are changing jobs and reasons for leaving previous jobs too. This is something that is normally asked during an interview with an employer so discussing this with your recruiter can help you prepare your answers when in a formal job interview.