Working effectively with a recruiter relies heavily upon an open line of communication between both the recruiter and the candidate. To match the right candidate with the right position, there are a few things both the candidate and the recruiter can do to make the process go smoothly.
- Ask Questions
You can never ask too many questions and there is no such thing as a stupid question. For a recruiter, it’s crucial to find out as much as you can about a candidate before submitting their resume. Same goes for a candidate. It’s important for you to know everything you can about the role before you interview and accept the position.
2. Be Honest
There’s nothing worse than getting to an interview and finding out the position was not what you thought it was because the recruiter was not open about what the role entailed. It’s also equally upsetting for a recruiter to submit a candidate who may not have been completely honest about their qualifications. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to recruiting.
3. Stick to Deadlines
Going through the on-boarding process is something no one particularly likes to do. Between the paperwork, background check, and potential drug screen, who has time for all of that with their busy schedule? To make the process as pain-free as possible, it’s important for the recruiter not only to get the process started on-time, but also for the candidate to fill out the paperwork and go through all other screenings in a timely manner.
4. Meet in Person
So much can be lost in translation via email or telephone. Meeting with a candidate or your recruiter is a great way to break down any communication barriers. You might even have time to knock out some on-boarding paperwork over a cup of coffee.
An effective relationship takes two. The recruiter and the candidate both have to buy in to the process. While there are definitely more ways to work effectively with a recruiter, these have proven to be the simplest and, well, most effective, in our experience, at creating long-lasting recruiter-candidate relationships.
Accepting a connection request from a recruiter can be tricky business, especially if you are not actively seeking new opportunities. That doesn’t mean you can’t connect and keep a working relationship in the event you do start looking for something new. Here, we look at a few things to consider when deciding whether to connect with a recruiter on LinkedIn or not.
- Are you actively seeking opportunities?
If your answer is yes, then your decision is probably an easy one. If you are actively seeking new opportunities, chances are your profile contains key words that automatically grab recruiters’ attention when they search for someone within your area of expertise. It’s also probably fair to say you are not too concerned with people knowing who you are connecting with. In this case, you can go ahead and click “connect”.
If your answer is no and you are passively seeking new opportunities, your decision is a little trickier. You are still employed and you probably don’t want your boss questioning why you’re connecting with a recruiter. Fortunately for you, there are a couple of ways to hopefully avoid that awkward conversation.
Helpful Tips & Tricks:
- Connect over the weekend when there’s not a lot of traffic
- In your LinkedIn Privacy & Settings, under the “Select who can see your connections” tab change your setting to “Only You”.
- Did they include a personal message with their connection request?
While there are plenty of spammers out there filling up your inbox, there are also serious inquiries hidden among the masses of generic messages. Someone who has taken the time to send a personal message is probably (hopefully) not looking to spam you. It’s never a bad idea to ask why they would like to connect or how they know you. Better safe than sorry!
- Have you already talked or met with this recruiter before?
Depending on a recruiter’s strategy, they may or may not have already given you a call or met with you over coffee and the LinkedIn connection request is nothing more than a secondary step towards building a relationship. If the phone call or coffee went well, then the decision is an easy one. If not, well, we’ll let you answer that one for yourself.
Accepting a LinkedIn connection request from a recruiter can be tricky business. Every situation is different and ultimately the decision is yours. Curious about what we do? Check us out on LinkedIn–we’d love the chance to connect and meet with you.