Over the last decade, recruiters have received a bad rep. That fact has made the process of finding a good recruiter increasingly difficult. Much of that is due to bad operators who hire inexperienced talent and then throw them into the fire without proper training in not only the processes and relationships but also the ethics and morality.
There’s a lot at stake when a job candidate works with a recruiter. On top of that, there’s a level of trust that really is what drives this relationship. Candidates are supposed to trust recruiters with private information like our compensation and opportunities like jobs that are the right fit. As a result, we’re also trusting them with our future careers and our livelihoods. In that case, you’re within reason to question who you’re working with because your life – and your family’s life – depends on it.
Just like every batch, there are some bad apples when it comes to recruiters. Unfortunately, those are always the loudest voices and the more prominent stories you hear before hearing the success stories.
But there are good guys (and gals) out there. And there are key factors to find them.
It’s about the relationship
First, how do you determine reputable recruiting? Is its approach, number of placements, etc? Metrics are important – but not everything. While it’s good to know that a recruiter has good numbers it shows that they have a “better approach” – or strategy. That doesn’t mean that they are going to be a good fit for you. Any exceptional recruiter knows that it begins with developing a relationship.
When it comes down to it, you should be looking at a recruiter’s approach – and he or she should be relationship-driven. And in that case, this process is a marathon – not the 100-meter sprint. As a recruiter, it’s important for them to have the mindset that you might not place the candidate this time around but as long as you did good by them and helped them try to achieve their goals it will open more doors down the line.
It’s about getting to know you
We make this so much about the relationship because we’re driven to get to know you – not only your past experiences but also your goals and passions. We want to better understand what will light you up about that next role. The best recruiters will seek your story.
It might feel like a career advisor or a financial advisor, and that’s okay. It should. Because we’re guiding you on a path that will ultimately support your life.
It’s about finding the right fit
There’s really no other way to put it – the better we get to know you, the better we can find a job that’s the right fit for all parties. Yes, we want this to fit your experiences, goals, passions, strengths; we also want you to be a fit for this role, this company, this industry.
The fact of the matter is there is no “Yelp” page to help determine which recruiter is a good fit for you. The first step to take in your search is to ask your personal network if there’s a recruiting firm or an individual recruiter they would recommend. A good recruiter will want to do good work that people talk about. Because, if a recruiter does right by their client, it could open more doors for them down the road.
However, what is important to realize is if someone refers you just one specific person, but there is a caveat and a bad reputation for the rest of the agency, that’s the first red flag. It is possible that there is a “needle in the haystack” in the recruiter that works for an agency with a poor reputation.
You’ll want to consider asking a recruiter some specific questions to test his or her respective credibility and industry knowledge.
Here are some important questions to ask a recruiter in that initial conversation:
- What the interview process is for each job?
- What questions can I expect to be asked?
- Whom will I be speaking with?
- Why is the position is open?
- How long has the position been open?
- Why am I a good fit for the position you reached out to me for?
- What are some reasons that other candidates haven’t been selected?
Good recruiters are experts in their field so once you do feel like you have found someone that is a good fit for you – trust them. Have confidence in your decision in picking them because you did your homework before you made the decision. They are here to guide you on your path to career success. In order to do that, they have to understand how you got to where you are today and know where you want to be in the future.
That’s really where good recruiting makes all the difference.