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  string(6490) "From being a temp myself to becoming a recruiter, it’s interesting seeing both sides of the coin and how differently you perceive things.

I remember when I first came to Sydney I was ‘temping’ like everyone on their working holiday visa and I had no idea where to start, so I took to Seek, which turned out to be my best friend. I did admittedly start searching for roles at the wrong time (towards Christmas) but I will always remember the way I was treated by various consultants.

I remember one particular recruiter that was very complacent in her approach, and although I had no idea what a recruiter’s role involved on a daily basis, I knew I was being treated like a number upon arriving for interview.

The consultant was despondent, uninterested, and even asked me a question to which I replied enthusiastically and then there was silence, because she wasn’t actually listening to a word I had said!

After a few weeks of rejection e-mails, meeting this lady left me wondering what I was doing wrong.

Then came along the best recruiter I have ever dealt with and I will always remember her. The interview started off much the same as any other but as time passed she became more responsive to what I was saying and took the time to understand what I had done in my previous roles, she had a smile on her face and then she helped me in the most simple of ways.

She gave me feedback on my CV and told me why I wasn’t getting the response I had hoped for. She gave me advice; I went home, made a few tweaks to my resume and started to apply for new roles. Within three weeks I had three different job offers and one of them was from Cox Purtell!

Something so simple helped me gain employment during a period when it is notoriously hard to find work. The irony is she helped me find a job with a competitor of hers, but she wished me all the best and said if I ever needed advice I could give her a call. Simple but effective.

Now I am a recruiter, I strive to be just like her and as for the other recruiter, I always remind myself of her so I never fall into bad habits. To make my candidates feel valued, even if I cannot place them in a role makes all the difference, because what most recruiters don’t realise is that their candidate’s previous experience of recruiters before you could be negative.

You have the chance to change this and get the most out of your interview with them! Honesty and constructive feedback is better received than nothing at all.

Someone once said to me, the first 10 seconds of meeting someone they will decide whether they like you or not, and this could not be more true! First impressions are everything. 80% of an interview is actually body language. You can sometimes be your own worst enemy, so even if you are having a bad day or week, try to leave it at the door otherwise it will resonate throughout your interview.

The biggest myth I have heard from many people is you don’t have to make an effort with a recruiter; they are just there to find you a job. This is partly true however effort needs to made, because what you don’t see as a candidate is the relationships recruiters build with their clients, a lot of effort goes in to maintaining a good relationship.

All it takes is one failed placement and a year of hard work can finish in the space of one day and our competitors then win.

Top 3 Candidate Tips:
  • From phone call to interview, be consistent and precise. Don’t say what you think we want to hear, be yourself!
  • Ensure you cover your relevant work experience that is applicable to the roles you are applying for.
  • Smile and enjoy the interview! We are not here to interrogate you, you need to get as much out the interview as we do.
Top 3 Recruiter Tips:
  • Treat every candidate as an individual. If you are not looking forward to meeting them, you probably haven’t screened them properly.
  • Don’t bring people in to hit your KPI’s, you are just wasting their time and they will see this and will lose respect for you.
  • Ensure you tell your candidate what to expect and how often you will keep in touch. Recruiters let themselves down and lose credibility when they interview and never contact their candidates again, or just call on an ad hoc basis every few months. If you can’t help them, say so!
The interview is the only chance you get to ‘sell yourself’ and I believe this is the same for both candidate AND recruiter. The recruiter wants to leave that room wanting to find you work and thinking which client would love to have you work for them.Candidates want to leave knowing how temping works, what to expect and that they were valued as an individual. To a degree we ‘people match’ to ensure you enjoy your assignment, ensure that our client is happy with your work and that candidates are happy with the job we have placed them in. So next time you arrive at an interview make sure you both give it your best shot and forget anything else that is making you feel defeated. In return you will be greeted with a recruiter that wants to get you in an assignment and a candidate that is looking forward to meeting you! I started working at Cox Purtell off the back of an interview, and all I did was come in to register for temp work. The power of an interview can make all the difference…   Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide" ["post_title"]=> string(27) "From Candidate to Recruiter" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(139) "From being a temp myself to becoming a recruiter, it’s interesting seeing both sides of the coin and how differently you perceive things." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(27) "from-candidate-to-recruiter" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(72) " http://www.coxpurtell.com.au/blog/recruitment-separating-truth-fiction/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-24 16:30:18" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-24 06:30:18" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(40) "http://118.127.43.121/~coxpurtell/?p=424" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" }

From being a temp myself to becoming a recruiter, it’s interesting seeing both sides of the coin and how differently you perceive things.

I remember when I first came to Sydney I was ‘temping’ like everyone on their working holiday visa and I had no idea where to start, so I took to Seek, which turned out to be my best friend. I did admittedly start searching for roles at the wrong time (towards Christmas) but I will always remember the way I was treated by various consultants.

I remember one particular recruiter that was very complacent in her approach, and although I had no idea what a recruiter’s role involved on a daily basis, I knew I was being treated like a number upon arriving for interview.

The consultant was despondent, uninterested, and even asked me a question to which I replied enthusiastically and then there was silence, because she wasn’t actually listening to a word I had said!

After a few weeks of rejection e-mails, meeting this lady left me wondering what I was doing wrong.

Then came along the best recruiter I have ever dealt with and I will always remember her. The interview started off much the same as any other but as time passed she became more responsive to what I was saying and took the time to understand what I had done in my previous roles, she had a smile on her face and then she helped me in the most simple of ways.

She gave me feedback on my CV and told me why I wasn’t getting the response I had hoped for. She gave me advice; I went home, made a few tweaks to my resume and started to apply for new roles. Within three weeks I had three different job offers and one of them was from Cox Purtell!

Something so simple helped me gain employment during a period when it is notoriously hard to find work. The irony is she helped me find a job with a competitor of hers, but she wished me all the best and said if I ever needed advice I could give her a call. Simple but effective.

Now I am a recruiter, I strive to be just like her and as for the other recruiter, I always remind myself of her so I never fall into bad habits. To make my candidates feel valued, even if I cannot place them in a role makes all the difference, because what most recruiters don’t realise is that their candidate’s previous experience of recruiters before you could be negative.

You have the chance to change this and get the most out of your interview with them! Honesty and constructive feedback is better received than nothing at all.

Someone once said to me, the first 10 seconds of meeting someone they will decide whether they like you or not, and this could not be more true! First impressions are everything. 80% of an interview is actually body language. You can sometimes be your own worst enemy, so even if you are having a bad day or week, try to leave it at the door otherwise it will resonate throughout your interview.

The biggest myth I have heard from many people is you don’t have to make an effort with a recruiter; they are just there to find you a job. This is partly true however effort needs to made, because what you don’t see as a candidate is the relationships recruiters build with their clients, a lot of effort goes in to maintaining a good relationship.

All it takes is one failed placement and a year of hard work can finish in the space of one day and our competitors then win.

Top 3 Candidate Tips:

  • From phone call to interview, be consistent and precise. Don’t say what you think we want to hear, be yourself!
  • Ensure you cover your relevant work experience that is applicable to the roles you are applying for.
  • Smile and enjoy the interview! We are not here to interrogate you, you need to get as much out the interview as we do.

Top 3 Recruiter Tips:

  • Treat every candidate as an individual. If you are not looking forward to meeting them, you probably haven’t screened them properly.
  • Don’t bring people in to hit your KPI’s, you are just wasting their time and they will see this and will lose respect for you.
  • Ensure you tell your candidate what to expect and how often you will keep in touch. Recruiters let themselves down and lose credibility when they interview and never contact their candidates again, or just call on an ad hoc basis every few months. If you can’t help them, say so!

The interview is the only chance you get to ‘sell yourself’ and I believe this is the same for both candidate AND recruiter. The recruiter wants to leave that room wanting to find you work and thinking which client would love to have you work for them.Candidates want to leave knowing how temping works, what to expect and that they were valued as an individual.

To a degree we ‘people match’ to ensure you enjoy your assignment, ensure that our client is happy with your work and that candidates are happy with the job we have placed them in.

So next time you arrive at an interview make sure you both give it your best shot and forget anything else that is making you feel defeated. In return you will be greeted with a recruiter that wants to get you in an assignment and a candidate that is looking forward to meeting you!

I started working at Cox Purtell off the back of an interview, and all I did was come in to register for temp work. The power of an interview can make all the difference…

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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