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CANDIDATE CHECKLIST: 5 STEPS TO MAKING THE RIGHT MOVES THROUGH RECRUITERS & HEADHUNTERS

You’re ready for a new challenge.

Taking the next step in your career and hunting for the right brand, role, team and industry can be a bit of wild ride: jumping through hoops to prove your worth, and figuring out what you really want, together with a rollercoaster of emotions.

Especially, when you’ve been out the recruitment game for a while.

Here’s a checklist to help you get the best out of your recruitment relationship.

1. Don’t ghost

We get it. Plans change, last minute emergencies crop up, better offers come along – and yes – sometimes the “dog does eat your homework”.

However, if you agree a time to have an interview or send an email with just ‘I’d like to decline the offer’ – and then vanish into thin air, ghosting the recruiter, it’s so frustrating as you leave all parties wondering why.

It wastes precious time and effort that both, the recruiter, and interviewer, have invested into helping you. It damages relationships, and doesn’t look good for the recruiter or you either. You never know when you’ll next cross paths with those people or their network again.

Often, PR headhunters, like us, will go out to market, source and contact the top candidates.

So if you’ve been handpicked – accept and respond to LinkedIn InMails (…even if you’re not looking).

Why? The outreach is strategic and well thought out, your profile meets the client’s needs. Plus, it helps you stay connected to expert recruiters in the industry, and is beneficial for any future career moves.

2. Good guidance

A good recruiter will take the time to get to know you and be as inclusive as possible. They should have your best interests at heart, be a sounding board for guidance and support you every step of the journey – ensuring any reasonable adjustments are made, if required.

Don’t be afraid to get help updating your CV (if you need) and dig deeper into details about the company, culture and reasons why the recruiter thinks the role is right for you.

If they’re not asking questions and only sending you options for every open role, regardless of if it’s right, run for the hills.

3. Be transparent

Just like any professional relationship: consistent communication and transparency is healthy. Even if you’ve got to say things the other doesn’t want to hear.

We appreciate several recruiters will be in touch at one time. So when you’re interviewing for other roles, don’t hide it – we understand if you’re keeping your options open.

Not all recruiters will work hard to find you roles, but we do. We spend lots of time dedicated to helping you. If you blindside us, turning down our role at the final hour due to a better money offer – then you’re not helping us get the best for you first time.

Remember, if it’s about money, we’re skilled negotiators that can work our magic. And it’s easier to do this before any rejections. But when it comes to negotiating, be careful not to be greedy. Remember, there’s so much more to a good role than just £££.

4. Due diligence

When that offer comes through after all your hard work – it feels like a sugar rush. And while you’re high on life, be careful not to rush into any decision.
Don’t take the first offer without doing your due diligence.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you happy with the office? Or working environment (hybrid)?
  • Are the benefits and money enough for you?
  • Have you checked all their company social channels to get a feel for the culture and your ‘would be’ team?
  • Do your values and purpose align?
  • Did the interviewer make you feel comfortable to get the best out of you? BIG red flag, if not.

5. Don’t wing it

While the job market may be candidate-driven now, don’t think you can wing it. If you haven’t done enough research – don’t go to interview. It’s as simple as that.
Being unable to answer a question, or even worse making stuff up on the spot is not an embarrassing situation you want to get into. It doesn’t just look bad on you, but the recruiter too. It isn’t good for relationships all-round.

Even if you’re not sure, put in the effort, you may be pleasantly surprised. And if not, use it as interview experience – a vital skill to master.


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