The unspoken question on the lips of candidates is “Why should I work with you?” When working with an agency recruiter, a candidate wants us to find a job that pays well, is a great fit and they expect it to happen quickly. The funny thing is we want the same thing.
1) Applying directly to the company without the knowledge of the
You dislike it when you ask the name of the company and the recruiter doesn’t tell you, but this is why. Most recruiters will wait until after your resume has been presented to the hiring manager AND they have made the decision to interview you before disclosing the company name.
2) Acting as though the agency recruiter is just an obstacle to get around.
Considering the fact that the recruiter is contracted with the company to find candidates, it doesn’t make sense to try to avoid this step. Since the recruiter has a direct line to the person who is hiring, in most cases, you are closer to getting that job via the recruiter than you will ever be by submitting your resume online.
I advise candidates to be determined in their job search. However, there is a fine line between following up and stalking. Don’t cross it. Of course you want to know if we have received your resume, have new jobs that you may be a fit for, or if we have received feedback from the hiring manager. In this business,
the adage “no news is good news” couldn’t be further from the truth. As soon as we have good news, you will be the first to hear. If we don’t have updates, it is difficult, tedious and time-consuming to contact every candidate to let them know their status hasn’t changed.
4) Responding to jobs for which you are not qualified.
Job descriptions have minimum qualifications listed for a reason. If you don’t meet the required qualifications, don’t apply. It’s not that type of job market yet. Hiring managers have the idea that there is a perfect candidate out there in the sea of professionals who are currently seeking a new opportunity.
They expect their candidates to meet 100% of the qualifications. Not 75%. Not even 99%.
5) Not showing up for interviews with us, or worse, with the hiring manager at the company.
This is the most frustrating and disheartening situation that can occur. After spending weeks, maybe months, of searching for the perfect candidate, we find you. We prep you, present you and get good feedback from the hiring manager. We schedule an interview and then you don’t show up. In the day and age of cell phones, there is absolutely no excuse for this. It makes the recruiter look bad and destroys our credibility with the hiring manager.
At the end of the day, the agency recruiter is on your side. Working with them is a choice you are free to make. Once you choose to go that route, commit to the job search, be honest and remain professional.