I am sure at one time or another you’ve been frustrated by recruiters. You may feel you have been let down because you didn’t hear back about an application, or they tell you there is nothing available, but then you look at their website and there are roles you feel you should be considered for.
Here is a quick way to work out what type of service you can expect from a recruiter when you talk to them, or have a look on their website, as most will have a service standard listed on their website.
Ask these questions;
Do they respond to everyone?
Not only should recruiters keep the companies they represent in the loop, but they should also have the integrity and respect to let you know your application status. Even a simple email or SMS is better than no communication at all. Ask them how they will update you about your application.
Will you obtain my permission before sending my details to your clients?
All too often I hear of people like you and me who’s CV has been ‘floated’ to a company without the individuals permission. Do you really want your personal details sent anywhere? Who knows where they could end up???
What screening processes do you carry out to ensure this is a legitimate role?
At the minimum, they should be able to provide you with an outline of the role and an understanding of the salary and working conditions. They should complete a brief interview and ask about referees and your availability. Anything less and you may want to query if they have permission to work on the role, or are they just floating CV’s in hope of a placement. Trust me this happens.
Do you get paid a commission?
We are definitely not against people making money for quality service. Commission-driven recruiters though have a vested interest to make a placement, any placement; otherwise they won’t get their commission. This usually means their service to the unsuccessful candidates is not top priority.
These are some basic questions every recruiter should be able to answer straight off the cuff, and not have to um and ah about their responses. If you don’t get the answers you are looking for, it’s probably time to find someone else to help you.
BUT a final word here is some recruiters can only assist people with experience, so just remember this when reviewing the type of recruiter you want to work with.
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