By Brendhan Malone (Vice-President, Central Canada at Eagle) and Graeme Bakker (Recruitment Team Lead at Eagle)
Recruiters know that contractors get tons of calls and emails throughout the day. Recruiters also know that time is valuable and we want to make the process of finding your next contract as stress free and smooth as possible.
Once you’ve decided on your staffing agency with the best candidate experience, it’s important to know exactly what your recruiter is looking for when you receive these common phone calls or emails:
Scheduling a Phone Interview:
When a recruiter calls or sends an email about scheduling a phone interview they just want to make sure these three things are a go:
- You’re available to do the phone interview at the time the client has provided.
- You will be in a location with no distractions or phone issues.
- Let the recruiter know if you want to touch base to discuss anything prior to the phone interview. Reply with a couple times that you are available to prep and the recruiter will appreciate being able to work around your schedule.
When a recruiter calls or emails you for interview feedback, this is why they’re doing it:
- They want to know if it was positive for you and if you’re still interested in continuing with the process. If you are positive about the interview and more excited about the opportunity, your recruiter wants to relay that information to the client.
- If you have negative feedback or any questions/concerns about the interview, your recruiter wants to know about it. This way they can answer any questions you might have or smooth over any concerns you have going forward with the process.
- Eliminate any surprises. The recruiter wants to confirm the possibility of any other offer or opportunities on the table. Are you more in favour of this role that you interviewed for than another? Would you accept this opportunity should they come back to us with an offer? The recruiter wants to make sure that you don’t miss out on any opportunities.
You’ve received a call and/or email from a recruiter about a role. You’re interested in the role and are qualified for it. You just sent the recruiter your updated resume, so why does the recruiter need to chat with me?
In this competitive MSP driven job market, what is in your head NEEDS to be on the resume. The person first seeing your resume and determining if it should go on is very rarely the technical manager responsible for hiring. Recruiters know we can leave nothing to chance in this environment.
- Recruiters know that if you are a front-end developer, you have experience with HTML and CSS. We might not be that technical but we know that! If you have 10 years of development experience and 8 years of HTML and CSS experience it needs to be in the resume!
- We know it can be frustrating to answer basic questions about your skills and then add it to your resume, but recruiters are doing it for your benefit. They know that if they don’t correctly put where you have had this experience send your resume won’t get past the gatekeepers and over to the hiring manager.
- If you get back to the recruiter with a couple minutes to chat and answer those questions you will have the benefit of knowing you are hitting all the marks described in the job description. As an added bonus, your staffing agency will l have an updated resume on file that is correctly updated.
Understanding what’s inside a recruiter’s head may not always seem simple, but it’s easier then you may think. In the end, we all share the same goal of getting you placed into the right contract. This insight into these three common conversations recruiters have with you will let you stop trying to read between the lines and focus on your business.