Published on 1st May 2018
Meeting your recruiter for the first time is a crucial part of the job search. Leave them impressed and on your side and they can be a powerful tool in landing the job of your dreams.
Running late for an interview can put unnecessary stress on you and really shake your confidence, so it is always better to arrive a little early. However, being extremely early can place needless pressure on your interviewer and start the meeting off on the wrong foot. As a general rule, you should show up 10 minutes ahead of scheduled time. On the other hand, if you are running late, a courtesy call to let your interviewer know is a must.
A little preparation goes a long way. If you have completed ample research about the role and the company, the conversation that you have with a recruiter becomes a lot more compelling and relevant. Do a Google search or ask a few people in the market about the company. This will show the recruiter that you want the role and will give them more confidence in representing you to the client.
Presentation matters. A recruiter expects you to dress professionally because they want to know that you will present well in front of a client. It’s not always necessary to wear full business attire, however, a little bit of effort can go a long way in making you stand out in a candidate rich market. First impressions always stick and dressing smartly will never be to an applicant’s detriment.
There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and the last thing you want to do in an interview is to come off as the latter. Be sure to do your research on the company and the role you are going for. Also, memorise your CV so you can succinctly relate your past skills and experience as needed and always be transparent about your career expectations with the recruiter. Great communication skills and a positive attitude go a long way in portraying confidence and endearing you to the interviewer.
Be receptive to feedback
Recruiters have access to specific information and knowledge that can help job seekers obtain an advantage in the recruitment process. Welcome any feedback or advice that can tailor your approach when applying for the next job that fits your requirements.
And finally, if you're ever unsure of what's expected of you at a particular stage of the process, don't be afraid to ask. It's much better to know and prepare than be in the dark and not present your best self.