The 5 Keys to Win your Recruiter’s Heart


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Whether you’re looking for project work or a full-time job, working with City Personnel greatly improves your chances of finding a job that fits your skills, experience, and career goals.

Our team of recruiters are rooting for you, and are here to help you take the next important step in your career, supporting you in reaching your ambitions and goals. But as much as we want to see you thrive, we also need you to invest in yourself!

To impress a recruiter, you need to go above and beyond what you think might work. You need to be prepared for questions, for tests, and for a quick process. Here are a few things you can do to impress your recruiter:

1. Be open with your recruiter.

Talk to your recruiter not only about your expectations but also about the longer-term career aspirations and ambitions you have. Be sure to tell them about your specific strengths as well as development areas. They want to learn about you not only as a professional but as a person, so they can place you in the right role at the right company.

It is also a good idea to share with them details of any current opportunities or offers that you may have, so they know not to approach them (unless of course, you would like their help) – dual applications are awkward!

2. Be honest.

There’s a reason everyone knows the saying: ‘honesty is the best policy’. It’s because any fabrication relating to your skills and experience probably will be discovered. Which in turn could cause embarrassment at interview or force the hiring manager to withdraw their offer of employment, depending on how far the deception has gone. Be honest and realistic about your abilities, it’s not worth the hassle, quite frankly.

3. Dress appropriately.

The way you dress says a lot about you and your career/job goals. While you do not necessarily need to wear your best clothes (like a suit), you do want to make sure you have dressed appropriately for the job and for your interview. When considering what to wear, make sure that your clothing is free of holes, offensive language, and excessive wrinkles. When you dress appropriately for an interview, you convey that you are highly interested in the position and that you are professional. If you choose to wear a tie and button down, learn what each tie color means!

4. Have questions.

If you are going into an interview, it is important to know that you will be asked questions. Practice answering interview questions with a friend or relative before your interview so that you are prepared to confidently answer any questions your recruiter may have.

However, if you really want to impress a recruiter, have your own questions ready. What do you need to know about the position? What is the work environment like? Remember, by asking questions you show your interest and you will also learn more about the company and position.

5. Be punctual.

One of the best ways to impress a recruiter is to actually show up on time. Just because you may be applying for and interviewing for temporary positions does not mean it is okay to show up late. Punctuality not only shows you are a dependable and dedicated person, but it will impress the recruiter and could increase your chances of being hired.

There are many benefits of working with a staffing agency, so if you’d like to speak with one of our recruiters about finding a new office or administration job or to hire top talent, get in touch with us today.

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