- 26% of ghosters were uncomfortable admitting they changed their minds.
- 13% felt that communication with the recruiter was subpar.
- 11% didn’t know what to do.
Here are three critical habits that all job seekers and recruiters alike must exercise to help build a mutually beneficial, strong working relationship.
It’s important to remember that recruiters receive hundreds of applications from job seekers every day. This means their inbox is often overloaded, so it may take some time for recruiters to respond via email.
Be straightforward and to the point. Ask questions. If you need more clarity or you’re unsure about something, just ask. And, after an interview with a prospective company, always follow up with your recruiter to let them know how things went. This will help prepare the recruiter for their conversations with the employer, and best represent you.
2. Honesty and Transparency
Candidates need to be honest with recruiters about their job search, career requirements, salary expectations, and whether they are working with other recruitment agencies. Recruiters want you to make a move that is best suited to advance your career.
Not only is honesty the best policy but being transparent is how you can genuinely build trust with your recruiter. Being transparent requires vulnerability and going above and beyond, only offering what you’ve been asked. But, instead, disclosing additional information can help you along the process.
Candidates must remember that it is likely that the position they are recruiting you for is not the only job or client they are working with, which can cause delays in correspondence.
It’s in everyone’s best interest to close the deal fast. But many attributes are not in the recruiter’s control. Not only is the recruiter maintaining communication with you, but they’re also communicating with their clients (your prospective employers). Frequently, recruiters are also waiting for a response and won’t always update in the timeliest manner.
Recruiters are an important part of your network, especially for future job opportunities, so stay connected through social media. Most recruiters have a LinkedIn profile and are happy to connect with their candidates.
David Aplin Group is a private family and employee-owned Canadian staffing agency founded in Alberta in 1975, recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished recruiting firms. Our mission is to positively impact lives. Blog author, Gurpinder Juneja, is an Administrative & Accounting Consultant, based in Mississauga, Ontario.
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