Compliments! Your curriculum
vitae captured a recruiter’s attention. Take a moment to be real, to be
high-five. You’ve done well. What is it now? You will probably be invited to
take part in a phone interview-by phone, Skype, Google Hangout or
in-person-with the HR person or recruiter who has just found you. It’s very
important to wow this person, because if you fail, you won’t have the chance to
blink the hiring manager with your crazy skills. As they say, your goose is
going to be cooked.
So how do you stack the odds in
your favor and make sure you are sailing through this critical stage in the
hiring process? By understanding the role of the recruiter, what he is looking
for and what he can gain by finding the right candidate and then strategizing.
Show quickly that you cover the
More often than not, HR people or
recruiters will not look for nitty-gritty details about your technical skills.
They try to see more if you meet the basic job requirements. That said, you
should carefully study the job description or talk to people working in the
department and then (before the interview) list the things that you think are
the most important results for the role. Make sure you touch on your strengths
during the conversation in these specific areas.
Show that you are really
interested (assuming you are):
Recruiters love the role they are
trying to fulfill when they realize that a candidate is a strong matching
skill. Being a match for skills, however, means little if you give the
impression that you are so interested in the company or role. If they take you
to the next stage of the interview process, recruiters want to be confident
that you’re enthusiastic and eager to learn more, not just waste time. And so,
if you are reasonably interested in the opportunity, during the screening call,
you have to make that immediately clear to the recruiter.
Exude an air of “Strong
Culture Fit” :
companies that hire candidates
for three things, not just one. “it must be a” yes, “whatever.
But what typically clinches the candidate who ends up with the job is that she
is also a “yes” to these questions: “We like her? “you have
to show at an early stage that you are a strong cultural fit. Therefore, if you
interview for a role in a company that you know little about, you should study
the online presence of the organization-the company’s website, Facebook page,
Twitter feed, you get the picture-and find out its brand personality, its tone.
Understand the role and stake of
the recruiter in this process:
By understanding the recruiter’s
role in the recruitment process, you will probably be better able to plan this
first interview. That said, they want you to win when they call you. If you
win, you want to sail through the screening call? They’re winning. And if they
quickly fill this position, they can also move to a different position (and
make more money).