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Is This A Job Interview?

Author: Laurie Knafo/Thursday, September 17, 2015/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, For Employers, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, For Employers, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Are you are actively working with a recruiter and looking to make a job change, or maybe you’ve received an out-of-the-blue call from a recruiter because you might be a fit for a client of theirs? It’s a compliment to be asked to interview with a recruiter. Recruiters are the eyes and ears of the market, retained by top companies to find the perfect candidate for their job openings. Your interview with a recruiter means they want to consider you for job opportunities.

Is this a real job interview? The recruiter is not hiring you – but they are pitching you to their clients if they feel you are a good fit for the job. So, yes, this is a job interview.

  • Present yourself professionally. As always, greet your interviewer with a handshake.
  • Dress for, and act as though, this IS a job interview. If the recruiter is unimpressed they will not be considering you for any of their next great opportunities.
  • Have extra copies of your resume and references.
  • Listen carefully to all questions and answer them succinctly and honestly. Give examples of previous experience relating to the questions. Meeting with your recruiter is also a time to explain some of your experience and knowledge which didn’t make it on your resume. You want your recruiter to have a lot of information about you. A client may ask for some obscure program experience, you want your recruiter to have insight into your background beyond the major points on your resume.
  • Talk about company culture and what kind of office environment suits you. Recruiters know many candidates, and many with your skillset - your recruiter wants to place you in a company where you will “fit”!
  • Recruiters are not just working for the client only. They want to find you the right job. Reputable recruiters don’t just fill slots. Your recruiter wants to find the right role for YOU at the right company.
  • Recruiters know A LOT about how to interview and about the job and company for which you are being presented. Listen to your recruiter! Recruiters have inside information about the job – they can help you with interview tips and nuggets of information you can use in your job interview. Your recruiter wants you to be well prepared for your job interview.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can just apply on your own. While that may be the case at times -- as an added bonus, recruiters know about jobs that never hit the public. Your relationship with a recruiter may get you in the door or into an interview for a role that is never published on a company’s job-board, website, or outside career sites.

Even if this particular job doesn’t turn out to be the one, build a relationship with your recruiter. They may have another great opportunity right around the corner. Plus, in the future when you are hiring a new member for your corporate team your recruiter may have the perfect candidate --they found you right?!

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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