What working on the consultants’ floor taught me about landing a job?


Having moved jobs only a little more than two months ago, to work as Research Analyst for FS recruitment firm, I have started picking on bits and bobs from what I hear about what does and doesn’t work when recruiters do their job (even though I have little to do with recruitment myself). Although, I am sure there are many other factors that make a difference, but here are some of the things I didn’t know or was unsure about, before I actually came here (no hard and fast rules apply, ofcourse. Much of this is only how I have comprehend things):

Building a rapport with the recruiter/ interviewer is different from showing them that you can fit into the organisation and its culture, and also much less important. Sometimes you might get along really well with the recruiter, but might just not think you’d fit in the organisation.

Sure, running a quick google search on the person you are going to be interviewed by is a great idea, but getting too personal might not be the best thing to do in an interview. It goes without saying, mentioning their experiences, ethnic background (even if it is same as you) WITHOUT a reason is probably a bit scary.

Interviewers know when they are grilling you in an interview and they don’t necessarily expect you to be correct about everything, but they do expect you to keep calm. Most times they only want to see how well you handle pressure.

Most employers are looking for a balance. If you graduated from the top school with experience at big firms, you might be good at what you do- but the employer will be worried if you would ask for too much money? Or be too bossy? Or arrogant perhaps? I am not suggesting having a brilliant resume is a bad thing, what I am trying to say is that you must strike a balance. So, in a case like this, you must come across as someone who is humble and easy to get along with making you a complete package.

The companies actually want to recruit you (if you have been called into an interview or assessment). So, you’re doing them just as much a favour by coming into an interview as much as they are by employing you (skill shortage is a real problem!).

Using slang anywhere and ever is a big NO-NO!

Asking questions is not hassle, but showing interest. If you call in to check what might be expected of you from in an interview or assessment, the recruiters would be happy to know you want to come prepared. Obviously, being pushy would be no good either.

Being efficient is good, but being too efficient might annoy people. For instance, arrive at an interview before no longer than 5 minutes. Arriving half an hour before the interview will only ruin your interviewers schedule and probably your interview.

Good LinkedIn profile makes a difference. People actually see the endorsed skills and recommendations (things I thought were really random, but oh well!)

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