As we all know, the Recruitment industry is all about building those all important relationships with clients and candidates alike. It’s true that we can become so invested in our careers that our Recruitment problems can be just as painful as our romantic ones! In light of Valentine’s weekend – let’s take a look at some of the things that can break a Recruiter’s heart and how they can easily be avoided. When candidates play hard to get 9 times out of 10 when you know a candidate has great potential – they know it too! There is nothing more heart breaking than when a promising candidate shoots themselves in the foot by being too cocky, making no real effort with their CV, ghosting you for days with no real explanation – the list really does go on! How to avoid this: Trying to build relationships with candidates like this can always be a struggle – but no matter how difficult it can be, someone is going to get the billing so it may as well be you! So, take a deep breath and explain to them that whilst their a good candidate, you need more effort and communication from them. When your client cheats on you Usually, you will not be the only Recruiter than your client is speaking with. It’s heart breaking when you put a candidate forward with a specific client and they turn around and say they’ve had another agency contact them about the same role! How can this be prevented? Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this from happening. However, you can speak directly with the client and don’t be afraid to be upfront about it! When a candidate uses you This commonly seen when a candidate applies for a job with absolutely no intention of taking it! This can be because they’re using this role to get on your radar for another role or even worse – they’re fishing for an offer to push a pay rise at their current job! How can this be avoided? Typically, as Recruiters we can take the view that everyone is a potential candidate or client, which in a majority of cases can be true but we need to tighten our processes and not allow space for time wasters!
Typically, the quickest way to mess up a job interview is to get on the Hiring Managers’ nerves. Of course, no one intentionally does this – but knowing where the line is and not to cross it is crucial. This is what we’re here to help you with. 1. “What does your company do?” This is an important one, make sure you are only asking questions that show you’re well informed and prepared – not questions that you should already know the answer to. Or questions that can be easily answered by a glance at their website or their annual reports. 2. “My salary requirements are flexible” Your salary when starting a new role can often be an awkward subject in an interview, but it doesn’t have to be! It is important for you to be aware of what the company is willing to pay you, but also the company will want to know what you’re willing to take. So even if you’re unsure as to what specific salary you’re after – you should at least have a salary band in mind. For example, you could say “I’m looking for something between £20,000 - £25,000 per year”. 3. “I don’t know how to do that” Instead of admitting you don’t know how to do a certain task, make the Hiring Manager aware that you are a fast leaner and willing to try and learn new things to support the company operations. 4. “I’m really nervous” Although it’s natural to be nervous for an interview, the Hiring Manager does not need to hear it. Any professional who admits to being nervous is not a good sign. You’re effectively making an excuse in advance for a poor interview and admitting how underconfident you are. 5. “No, I don’t have any questions for you” An interviewee who doesn’t have any questions for the Hiring Manager at the end of the interview can always been seen as a bad sign. It can make way for the assumption that you are not even curious about the role you are interviewing for, or the company! Even if you don’t have any questions about topics in the interview – prepare some questions before hand, good ones to ask are: “What is the career progression like here?” “What is the biggest challenge someone has faced in this role?” “What is the company culture like?” If you're looking for a new role, why not check out our vacancies here!