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.