Ten signs of a top recruiter

March 02, 2015    |    Posted by    |    Uncategorized

When it comes to finding a new job, many of us turn to searching for a good recruiter to help us land our perfect role. However, with so many recruiters out there it’s hard to sift out the good from the plain awful. To help you spot the best we have ten signs of a top recruiter for you.

1. Has a genuine interest in helping both you and their client

Having a strong understanding of both yours and the client’s expectations is key to a great recruiter. This will help to create meaningful relationships with both, and will make the whole process a more enjoyable experience.

2. Is available anytime

A good recruiter will make themselves available at any time of the day. This is especially important on the day of your interview. On this day it’s likely your nerves will be shot and you’ll be grateful of any last minute questions you can ask your recruiter.

3. Keeps in touch throughout the whole process

Applying for a job can be a long process, but having a recruiter you have a good relationship with can make it enjoyable. Your recruiter should keep you regularly informed during every step of the process; they should even call if new information is taking a long time to arrive. This relationship and trust you have with your recruiter will mean you’ll inevitably feel more at ease and prepared when you start your new role.

4. Knows their client

When you’re learning about a new role, you want as much information about it as you can, and more importantly, you want information about the business you could be working for. A recruiter who knows their client inside and out is exactly what you need. This is particularly important when it comes to interview stage, as you need a recruiter that will give you an informed, clear brief. Being given a vague, nonchalant interview brief won’t fill you with a whole lot of confidence before your interview.

5. Is well-networked

Knowing that your recruiter is experienced in their field is another sure fire way to boost your trust in them when it comes to applying for a new role. One way you can find this out is through their LinkedIn profile. Here you can see how long your recruiter has been recruiting for, and how many connections they have with those in similar roles to yourself. When a recruiter particularly has lots of connections, this means they are well-networked and so have plenty of experience.

6. Finds out information for you quickly

Having a recruiter who is always proactive in finding out any information you need is a definite sign that they’re a good-un. There’s nothing worse than asking a bunch of questions and not getting any real answers. A good recruiter will find out information for you and get it to you as soon as possible.

7. Has researched your background

The first thing your recruiter will see is your CV, so it’s essential that they have thoroughly read your CV before they give you a call. Good recruiters will research the companies you have worked for, and so will understand what kind of industry you have been working in and what experience you have had.

8. Gives detailed feedback

When it comes to getting interview feedback, many recruiters will focus on the positive feedback mentioned by hiring managers. This might be the case, you might have been amazing! However, more often than not, hiring managers will give a mix of both positive and negative feedback to your recruiter, and you want to make sure you’re given detailed feedback so that you can improve your style for the future.

9. Has a friendly, helpful attitude

Ever had that feeling that the person you’re on the phone to is in a rush to get off? If yes, then it’s probably best to give their role a miss. If you feel like your recruiter is trying to hurry you up, or isn’t asking you many questions about yourself and instead focuses more on their role, then they aren’t the right recruiter for you. Your recruiter should be personable and friendly, and someone to whom you feel you can share any of your concerns.

10. Calls you on time

Getting a new job is an important part of your life, and you want to know that your recruiter takes it as seriously as you do. A recruiter who forgets to call you isn’t going to make you feel at all excited about the new opportunity. Having a recruiter who you trust will call you is essential in making the recruitment process run as smoothly as it can.

It’s up to you to decide if the recruiter you’re dealing with is right for you, but these ten points should help you make your decision. If you find your recruiter doesn’t match up well to our points above, then don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter questions to make sure you have all the information you need. Here at BlueGlue we pride ourselves on keeping your best interests in mind and creating great candidate relationships. If you’re looking for a new role, head on over to our job board at www.blueglue.eu, where we have the latest tech startup jobs!

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