• Neil Dundon
  • Saturday, August 15, 2015
Blog Image - On the job search? Getting inside the mind of your recruiter

This article is aimed at those at the earlier stages of their career

The Job Seeker vs The Recruiter:

Do you want to know what goes on inside the mind of a recruiter? No! I mean what really goes on inside the mind of a recruiter? I want to break this down for you and simplify it, because too many people over complicate this and for job seekers, getting it right is everything.

Call them what you want, Recruiters, Employment Consultants or HR Managers, they all have the same goal which is obvious – to find the right person for the job. But recruiters have a limited amount of time, usually 7-8 hours in a day, so when they are receiving hundreds of applications for a single job they need to make quick decisions based on a certain set of basic criteria. Remember having experience and education is only part of the battle. You need to know how to “Play the game”  

Did you know that a recruiter takes an average of 6 seconds to read your resume? So what does that tell you about how you should structure your CV? Needless to say I won't go into it here. I'm too busy - I've got 2000 more resumes to get through!

Depending on the type of job there are different attributes that a recruiter will use to qualify an applicant and they can be ranked in different degrees of importance but it’s fair to say that in most cases there is combination of the following.

  • Education - Why is this important? Speak to a course advisor today!
  • Work Experience – There’s nothing like having done the job before!
  • Presentation - Super important especially in client facing positions. e.g. Sales, Management, Training.
  • Confidence - Often directly related to your level of education and work experience.
  • General communication and social skills.

Refer to this guide when dealing with recruiters and I guarantee you that will have a dramatically different experience. Approach your interviews with a positive mindset and a smile on your face. Remember, no one wants a misery in their office.