Q: Once I make contact with a recruiter and submit my resume and references, when can I expect to hear back?
A: Recruiters don’t create jobs; they cater to the needs of their customers, the clients. Generally it is safe to believe you will hear back from the recruiter when they have a position that is a fit for your work history and the client’s needs.
Q: What should I tell or not tell my recruiter?
A: Tell all — Tell all! It is not possible to have a successful relationship with secrets lurking in the background. Discuss everything with your recruiter, from what you are seeking in your next career move to your personal family details that influence your work, to a full disclosure of your background and work history. Some employers will ask for background and drug testing.
No one wants surprises, and surprises of a certain magnitude will derail the interview process while others can be overlooked with full disclosure. If you had a blemish in your background (terminated at some point, bankruptcy, etc.) and the recruiter is able to this discuss in advance with the client, it might be overlooked. However, no one wants to waste their time. There are certain elements that might automatically disqualify a candidate, like bankruptcy or DUI if a gaming license is required. So if your goal is to build a long-term relationship with the recruiter, be honest right out of the gate.
Q: Why does my career seem to be dragging, while I observe others moving along more successfully?
A: There are many critical points to be made on this subject, but one common element that most successful executives share is a mentor. A mentor coaches and challenges someone for peak performance. They lead and encourage. When need be, they provide a wing of protection and shield you from harm. For your next career move, you need to consider several factors, and compensation is sometimes the least of these. More important is finding the right boss who has the proven ability to be a mentor. A mentor is the ticket to your ongoing success!
Q: What is meant by a “level playing field” when working with a recruiter?
A: It means that you are seeking to build a long-term relationship and that honesty is the foundation of that relationship. For example, if a recruiter brings a position to your attention and you express interest, it would be imperative to let the recruiter know if you have already been submitted by another recruiter or you have submitted yourself for the position.
Q: When in the interview can I bring up my salary requirements?
A: Never! Never! Never! Your recruiter coached you through the phone interview and debriefed both sides to determine the interest levels. Your recruiter knows your salary and also knows what the client is seeking to pay. If your salary needs were not aligned with the client’s needs, you would not have gotten to first base. The interview is not about your salary, it is about selling your skills, fact finding and learning if there is interest in moving forward. The client will bring up salary, benefits and relocation, etc., when the timing is right. See more on this topic under the tab FAQs: Critical Interviewing Notes.
Q: What happens when you have an interview and get no further feedback?
A: Another advantage of working with a recruiter is that you will generally get some feedback soon after the interview if the recruiter is doing their job correctly and has a solid relationship with the client. EverQuest Recruiting will guarantee that you receive timely feedback.