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Author: Richard Snarey

Published date: 2019/09


​Of course, you can. But we would say that, wouldn’t we? The truth is, recruiters have developed a bad name in the eyes of many job seekers.

Research from job-matching platform Tempo which polled more than 2,000 UK workers, found 56 per cent of people don’t think recruiters add anything to the process. And 38 per cent don’t think recruiters have their best interests in mind, while 26 per cent believe that recruiters suggest unsuitable jobs. The research also revealed that only 12 per cent said that recruiters found jobs they could not have found on their own, and just 9 per cent said recruiters offered any helpful insight into a role or employer.

Oh dear. Some of the common complaints people have about recruiters are that they’re pushy, only driven by personal gain, lie to get what they want, and have no idea what candidate’s actually do. So, is there any truth in this? Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous recruiters out there, but try not to let these few bad apples spoil the bunch.

In this blog post, we’ve provided some of the key things to look out for from a recruiter, so you can decide whether they have your best interests in mind.

Do they listen to you?

A bad recruiter is all about speed. They’ll get you on the phone, decide if you’re a good fit for the client and then move on. If you’re not, then chances are you’ll never hear from them again.

A good recruiter, on the other hand, will see you as a valuable asset. Even if you’re not suitable for the position they’re calling about, they’ll tap into the bigger picture to find out whether you could be the right fit for another client. Listen out for a recruiter asking about your career aspirations and what’s important to you; this means they’re likely to be thinking long-term and what future positions they’ll be able to approach you about.

How much do they know about what you do?

It’ll become clear after five minutes of speaking to a recruiter whether they understand what you do or not. Why is this important? After all, a recruiter isn’t an engineer or a contract manager, so why expect them to know the ins and outs of something that took you years to accomplish? We’re not saying recruiters should pretend to be something they’re not, but when you’re putting your career in the hands of someone else, you want to be confident they have the specialist skills, knowledge and experience to secure you the right job.

Are they thorough?

You can judge this by the length of the initial phone call you have with them. If you have a two-minute phone call followed by an invitation to an interview, alarm bells should be ringing. Sometimes, things do move quickly, but it’s a recruiter’s job to walk you through every part of the role, tell you about the company, its culture and the type of person they’re looking for and any crucial information that will prepare you for an interview.

Do they follow-up?

One of the biggest bugbears of candidates is a lack of communication from a recruiter. A good recruiter should keep you informed throughout the process, whatever the outcome. You should be concerned if they let days go by without getting in touch, or they fail to return your calls. Sometimes recruiters are left waiting by clients, but they must let candidates know this so you’re not left waiting by the phone.

The team at PRS pride ourselves on our expertise and the relationships we build with our candidates. So, why not get in touch to discuss your next career move with us? We promise we won’t leave you hanging.