Some blunders are merely irritating, while others can make recruiters run when they hear your name.
AKA do not sabotage your relationship with a recruiter as it will hinder your chances in the long run.
If you’re trying to find a new job, recruiters can be your best friend along the way. They can match you with employers and roles that are perfect for your skills, interests and ultimately align with your values.
On the other hand, you can alienate them and make them hate you.
That’s a bit intense, but there are behaviors that job seekers routinely do that are complete turn offs to recruiters. As a result, the people who could be hooking you up with a great gig might instead end up ditching you for a more approachable candidate.
Wondering what behaviors might put your file into a recruiter’s recycle bin? Here are the seven most common ways you could sabotage your relationship with a recruiter.
1. Being Unprofessional
Though a recruiter is not the hiring manager, you should still prepare to have an interview with the recruiter like you are presenting yourself to a hiring manager.
Bottom line: Recruiters don’t work for you; their actual clients are the companies with job openings. It’s wise to be on your most professional behavior. Mind your manners, offer intelligent answers to their questions all in all respecting their time and efforts in order for them to assist in finding you a job. If you can’t be bothered to make a good impression at this early stage of the process, why would the recruiters feel confident enough to pass you along to their clients?
2. Pulling A Fast One
When it comes to working with a recruiter, it is extremely important to be open and forthright. For example, if a particular position is slightly out of reach from a skills perspective, let them know. Remember that their choices are a reflection of their judgment. If your recruiter mentions a position that isn’t to your liking, give them some honest insight in order to let them know why that is.
3. Bringing Up Money In Your First Conversation
Just as you wouldn’t walk into a job interview and ask about salary in the first five minutes, you should demonstrate that same restraint with your recruiter. The good news is that compensation will come up after you’ve told the recruiter a bit about yourself and when they have described the various positions available. Just be patient and wait it out.
4. You Are Inaccessible
It’s quite simple actually. If your recruiter can’t reach you in order to schedule an interview or deliver an offer, this can have a negative effect on your chances of landing the desired role. After all, recruiters are often evaluated by how quickly they can fill these positions. Be sure to let them know from the beginning as to your preferred method of communication, whether it be phone, email or text and stick to it. Be sure to check periodically so you don't miss any updates. Keeping the lines of communication open even after you are hired is also important.
5. Going Over The Recruiter’s Head
Another common mistake that job seekers make is contacting the employer directly when they’re also working with a recruiter. Part of a recruiter’s job is establishing a relationship with the employer and then presenting you in the best way possible. Otherwise, you’ll create confusion and make the recruiter look bad. All in all, just let them do their job!
6. You’re Such A Nag
Recruiters are busy people often working with many potential candidates and trying to fill multiple positions for several clients simultaneously. As such, they might take some time in order to get back to you. While it’s certainly fine to politely follow up with them if you have not heard back in a few days time. However multiple calls and emails per day is on the verge of being plain obnoxious.
7. Ignore Their Feedback
Your recruiter has a lot of insight and knowledge when it comes to resumes and interviewing techniques, so do not take it personally if they give you constructive feedback. Having an attitude or taking offense to a recruiter’s advice will not help you in the long run.