So, you’re looking for a new job and you’ve made it to the step of a phone call with a Recruiter! That’s huge news as you’re through a few big hurdles in your job hunt already! Prepping for your search, knowing where to look and how, and getting your curriculum vitae to stand out enough for a Recruiter to choose you over the hundreds of resumes they get for one position, is massive! Kudos to you. Here are some tips to get you to the next round:
Ensure you have good communication during the actual scheduling of the call
This is actually the Recruiter’s very first impression of you! Make sure your communications (typically now done through email) are free of errors and polite. Remember, they’re talking to a million other candidates too. You should be prompt with responses, and easy to work with. It never hurts to show some gratitude for the opportunity to chat about the position and showcase some excitement as well. You’ll stand out this way!
This seems like a simple one, but it is not. It’s just fine to put out a lot of applications, but make sure you take the time to research the company and role prior to the call. Make sure you have a good understanding of what the company does and read through the job description for this role again. Highlight sections you feel you’d be great at and be prepared to correlate your experience to this.
Attitude is everything
Add the call to your calendar so you’re expecting it and find a good quiet spot to take it in. Upon answering, showcase your gratitude for the time, and your excitement to talk about the opportunity.
Show your interest!
This may seem really simple to a lot of people, but unfortunately doesn’t always happen. Its common nature to make a judgment call within the first 30 seconds of the phone call, and this all has to do with the personality, engagement, and energy of the candidate. Of course, it is not that the Recruiter will decide in the first 30 seconds if they will be moving you forward or not, but as in human nature, first impressions are natural, and they will be happening in your call.
Be clear, succinct, and follow the Recruiter’s lead
Listen, and respond accordingly. Answer questions efficiently – to the point but sharing important detail. Just don’t ramble on. It happens quite often that the Recruiter ask a candidate the first question, and they proceed to answer it, but then go into a tangent on their experience, and ramble rather than wait for the next question. This comes off as scattered, disorganized, and a red flag in communication competencies usually required for most roles.
This is a must. You should have at least 3 questions prepared when you’re initially researching the job and company. Some generic ones are: “What do you love most about working for X?” or “Can you share your vision or understanding for the growth of the company over the next few years?” or “What do you see as being the biggest challenge for this role?”
By Damilola Faustino