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5 Things to Do Before Your Next Job Interview

As specialists in mid managerial Rising Star talent market, we prepare lots of candidates to interview better.

Here we share with you 5 tips that will help you score better in interviews.

  1. Research:

Interviews are no longer about power equations but about empowerment. Today’s discerning candidate needs to have enough information to decide if the professional association can develop into a long term basis. Research is a good starting point to collect this information.

  • Company’s website: Read about the founders, the company’s history, vision & motto, check their global presence.
  • Annual Reports : Gives you insights on the company’s, growth, sustainability, future plans and financial standing of the company.
  • Company newsletters: Gives you insights of the company’s culture and various other aspects that you may not have direct access to before you join the company.
  • Social Media platforms: Insights on what employees (current & ex), consumers etc are saying about the company.
  • Print and Electronic Media: General perception of the brand in the market
  1. Prepare Your Questions:

When you ask questions it shows that you’re enthusiasm and keenness for the role and that have done your bit to prepare yourself for the interview

Be prepared to get a clearer understanding of:

  • Role: Expectations Support available, Projects, challenges and issues that needs to be resolved, expected progression in the role.
  • Company: Plans for the future
  • Developmental support like their training & development initiatives etc.
  1. Appearance:

The first impressions make a lasting impression, and this can be said of how you appear at the interview. When in doubt, stick to conservative dressing.

  • Choose your ensemble with care to boost your confidence a notch up.
  • Decide on the “look” at least a day prior- make sure the dress/accessory are in prime condition.
  • Take special care of your personal grooming.
  1. Plan your Commute:

You definitely don’t want to be late for an interview, being late would mean one negative marking before the interview could even begin.

  • A day before the interview, get the exact location of the interview venue, confirm the interview timing, plan the logistics- how long it takes to get there, what is the traffic scenario on the route to the venue.
  • Speak to someone who travels or is familiar with that route, take their opinion in your commute plan.
  • Make an early start, have breakfast. It is advisable to book a cab, so that you are not worried about the parking issues near the venue and have the commute time to go over your preparation.
  1. Relax:

It always good to arrive 15 – 20 minutes earlier. You get some time to settle in, refresh after a long journey, calm down and get over the pre interview anxiety.

  • Use the time to use the restroom, make sure that you are looking your best, tuck in any fly-away hair, refresh yourself.
  • Switch off or put your phone on the silent mode before you enter the interviewer’s cabin.
  • And just before you step into the interviewer’s cabin…. Take a deep breath, relax and smile. This will help put you in the right state of mind going in to the interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antal’s Top 5 Consultants Tell You How to Avoid Being Blacklisted by Recruiters

Whether a you are actively looking for a job or a recruiter has approached you with a suitable career opportunity, it’s important how you present yourself to the recruiter. A number of minor issues  like grammatical errors, constant follow ups etc or major issues like not showing up at the interview, lying about something etc that could tick off recruiters and could land you on the recruiter’s blacklist.

Unfortunately recruiters are not given their due credit, they are considered mere ‘cv match makers’ or ‘interview coordinators’. However in reality, recruiters play a crucial role in the professional life of individuals. Recruiters today act as the eyes & ears of an individual who wants to keep a tract of his industry – regularly updating them on various hiring and salary trends, talent movements and most importantly they are the ones who may offer you your next big career move.

We have 2 articles on the Antal India Blog titled why It’s a must to have a Recruiter within your professional network and  ‘A guide to working with Recruiters’ both these articles highlight the importance of a recruiter to help you achieve your career goals. This time we asked top 5 Antal Recruiters in India which candidate habit annoys them the most and would lead them to blacklist that candidate. Read on to find out…

Rejecting Job Offer for another higher paying career opportunity: Savio Carvalho, Senior Consultant, Antal Mumbai who recruits within Management Consulting industry  says, “Many times candidates are offered exactly what they were looking for – job title, remuneration, benefits, team, work culture etc however inspite of this there are a few who decline the offer and join another firm (competitor) if the salary offered by them is higher.” He further says, “such a candidate is considered to be highly unprofessional, unethical and someone who cannot stay committed to his obligation and hence he goes straight to my ‘blacklist’. I would never approach him again and I wouldn’t recommend him to some other recruiter or company as well”

If they were to lie/manipulate/ mislead: “There have been few instances where candidate deliberately chose to hide or give incorrect or exaggerated information about their experience, salary or reasons as to why they quit their previous job- they do this for higher salaries, better positions etc”, says Ganesh Janakiraman, Partner Antal International Chennai. He further adds, “What candidates don’t realize is that the information they give us is what we use to market them to potential employers. Because of being ultra-specialist recruiters, we have our strong connections within our niche and we do somehow find out the truth. Such situations are extremely embarrassing for a recruiter, as his reputation is tarnished. However the candidate is the one who loses on the most, he is then blacklisted and labeled as a liar, unethical and untrustworthy; which may mean no employer would want to hire him and no recruiter would want to work with him again.”

Not answering phone calls: “There are times that after being presented with a job opportunity and explaining the process and every microscopic detail related to the job opportunity the candidate agrees to explore it and share his cv, but after a while the candidate refuses to answer phone calls”, says Hansika Salian, Senior Consultant Antal Mumbai who recruits within FMCG/CD space. She continues, “if a candidate shows interest in a career opportunity and has committed to sending in his cv, he should do so immediately. If the opportunity offered does not match the candidate’s career aspirations, he is free to decline it on the first call itself. We respect candidates who are honest about their career aspirations, infact we prefer working with such candidates because it only helps us find them career opportunities as per their expectations”, she says.

Money is the only motive behind job change: “Money is essential and a key motivating factor that pushes someone to make a career move, however it can’t be the sole factor”, says Rakshanda Abidi, Principal Consultant Antal Lucknow who recruits within Manufacturing. She says that candidates who show more interest in the salary rather than the job profile are the ones who are never happy with what is being offered and often try and negotiate the remuneration. She explains, “Such candidates negotiate a lot and often do not stick to a committed number which was previously discussed with them. This number keeps changing during the hiring process and eventually the candidate is dropped. The minute someone speaks to me about money in the initial conversation and is not keen on the role, responsibilities, career growth – this is a red flag for me and I drop this candidate.”

Speaking adversely about your current employer/Negative Attitude: “Whether it’s personal or professional life, negativity should be kept miles away, I apply this to my life and my recruitment practice as well and keep negative candidates away” says Milind Pandya, Team Manager-Automotive and Engineering, Antal Pune. He says, “People who complain, whine and speak badly about their current employer or colleagues are the ones who will always find something negative in any situation they are. I have noticed that such candidates will never be content with what is offered to them and eventually drop out or be rejected. During my initial conversations if I come across someone who is constantly being negative about his current role, company or manager I usually drop them from my list.”

Tips from our recruiters

  • Stick to your commitments
  • Be honest about your plans, opinions, decisions
  • Do not lie/hide/mislead. Be accurate and honest about any information you provide us with
  • Drop a message if you can’t take a call
  • Return a call you’ve missed
  • Communicate with us regularly, if you have any doubts or concerns speak to us about them
  • Don’t apply for random job openings, read the job profile, understand if the job description is in sync with your profile
  • Avoid working with too many recruiters at the same time

If you are looking for a career change you can connect with our recruiters on LinkedIn and explore you next career move. To know more about us visit www.antal.com

 For more interesting articles on career advice , jobs and franchise opportunities follow our page on LinkedIN 

 

 

 

 

Candidates looking for ‘sense of purpose’ in their next career move

Success all over the world has been redefined and is not evaluated based on the money a person is worth or the luxuries they enjoy, rather it is evaluated on the basis of the quality of life they live by doing what they are passionate about, being part of an initiative that would benefit a community or the less privileged segments of society. People are looking for a sense of purpose that is beyond making a living, providing for the family and fitting into society. Today one looks for a deeper and meaningful purpose in life, like – finding inner peace, building stronger bonds, travelling, learning about cultures and finding joys in life’s experiences

The same applies for when it comes to career; money and designation are important factors but are no longer considered the sole factors that define someone’s career choices. Like Stephen Hawking puts it “Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it” Individuals today are looking for roles which give them meaning and purpose for life.

According to LinkedIn’s – Inside the Mind of Today’s Candidates, Indian professionals are increasingly motivated by a ‘SENSE OF PURPOSE’ in their next career move.

Millennials seem to increasingly derive motivation and satisfaction from contributing meaningfully to endeavors they can relate to. They are increasingly finding more appeal in working for organizations that help them pursue both, their personal and professional interest

·        55% want a better match for their interest/values

·        52% are excited with better benefits and perks

·        45% want to work for a company they’ve always admired

 

The survey highlights that as recruiters, we need to offer candidates job opportunities that will offer more challenges, growth and have greater impact on the employer’s business.  Candidates in the survey highlight how they get motivated with a raise in income, however money may give candidates a brief high, but it’s not what makes them loyal employees.

Candidates look for more information about the prospective employer like culture, work/life balance, updates from current employees on social media that reflect positive updates about the company.

The survey asks companies to be fair and competitive with salaries and to go a step further and understand what would motivate the candidate apart from salary, i.e 30% non-monetary but meaningful increase to their career.

The survey further highlights the following

·        62% candidates stay in a job that challenges and improves their skills.

·        For 42% Great Work-life balance pays a key role

·        37% say it’s the company’s confident future outlook

·        33% say it is opportunities for growth/promotion

·        27% say flexible work hours

Having a sense of purpose in one’s personal life, that translates into reality at work is a high motivator for most individuals today and this is becoming a defining criteria while making career choices. Have you been able to articulate a ‘sense of purpose” for yourself?

Going beyond Recruitment Leadership – 24 years of nurturing leaders who inspire

Great organizations are built through exceptional leaders who inspire, motivate, and help grow the business. Today leadership goes beyond the four walls of a cubicle, people are constantly looking for role models whose life, habits they can imitate or learn from. Here, we are not just paraphrasing the stereotypical leader who only discusses business & numbers. These are individuals who inspire their peers to live their passions daily and are able to create enthusiasm, empower others, infuse confidence and push others to DREAM BIG & keep going when the going gets tough!

Antal has been doing just that for over 24 years, mentoring entrepreneurs who today are leaders with inspiring stories about persistence, zeal and determination. Our leaders each have success stories that can inspire people to DREAM BIG and not throw in the towel early!

Learning is serious business at Antal. A core and foundational process training is just a start for learning how to create a sustainable and tenured business. The franchise owners, our leaders come from diverse corporate backgrounds- heading functions. At Antal, they become P&L leaders for their own business. In itself, the transition is dramatic and conflicting priorities try to jostle up in the line of sight.

How does one create a method in this madness. That’s when coaching and mentoring leadership kicks in. As an organization Antal has strived to mentor leaders who inspire, motivate through initiatives such as

  • Mentoring programs by Doug Bugie, President Antal International Network and Tony Goodwin Founder & CEO Antal International- Stalwarts of the Antal Network
  • Tony, himself an Award Winning Entrepreneur spearheads a Platinum club where he mentors the Top 3 owners in the India network about employee management, scaling up & hindrances in growing the business. Regular trips across the globe give him the insight apart from his vast experience to help owners mould their teams and succeed in achieving targets.
  • Doug, one of the Stalwarts of the recruitment business for the last 33 years is always available with scores of advice and ideas to grow the business beyond expectations. Even if not contacted directly, he regularly reaches out to owners through Sector Con calls and Inspirational training.

  1. Motivational Speakers at Conferences and Meets
  • Brian Mayne the creator of Goal Maps, shared his rags to riches story and what circumstances led him to create the one of the most powerful techniques to bring about the future one hopes for. Brian’s story moved many of us to tears and his grit encouraged us all to follow our dreams.
  • The World Renowned “Mumbai Dabbawala’s” operating model is a blueprint for how one can build a successful network from scratch. A daily home to office delivery service started with a mere handful of people and is now more than 5,000 associates and has survived the test of time for the past 125 years! Most impressively this network does not have an “Iota of Digital Support”!
  • Tony Seager shared indispensable advice on how to hire top talent and ramp up your leadership ability to retain them
  • Greg Peake’s useful strategic tips and solutions helped Owners increase their competiveness and leadership in the difficult markets they might face.
  • Birender Ahluwalia took a session on increasing productivity at work by nurturing positive people. Aptly titled ‘Converting Yearly Plans into Reality’ it was a highly interactive and energetic session.

  1. Antal Owners Taking Centre Stage
  • Vinu Nair, Managing Partner Antal India conducted a session ‘Leveraging Capability across Offices’ which focuses on offices working in same discipline unifying to pitch and sell Antal as One Multifaceted Entity.
  • Anil P Dev spoke about ‘Position Specific Terms or Empanelment’ another great session to build profitable businesses.
  • Praveen Dewan, Managing Partner Antal India shared his inputs leadership by re-focusing one’s thoughts.
  • Jonathan Edwards, one of the most prolific and dynamic leaders in the global network hosted Ms Shinu Jose for two days in his office in Shanghai and very openly shared secrets of his success and gave open space for interactions into his team. These conversations charted for the India network, career progression of the consultants.
  • Mike Ryall, the exceptional leader of Parkside and part of the Operations Board at HQ has coached the Indian leadership in streamlining the internal hiring process to create a performance culture right from hiring.

  1.  Leadership Lessons with our Trainers…
  • Tony Jones- The “Rock on which Antal India was built” inculcated the leadership culture in the Antal Network
  • Shinu Jose- Antal India’s first employee has been in recruitment for 10 years and she gets practical insights into the business, having worked in a micro niche category herself for 5 years. She believes that the success in this business comes from following the process and brings in her vast experience, continuous learning and humor to motivate and encourage the owners to go for the gold.
  • Rob Barklamb- Rob is a highly regarded recruitment trainer with over twenty years’ recruitment experience. He is able to help you reach your goals and leadership dreams.

  1. And Finally Building on Passions
  • Owners like Vinu Nair have motivated people in his team to take cycling by facilitating the infrastructure for it
  • Owners like Joseph Devasia and Anil Dev share their passion for biking and have bonded while taking road trips
  • Vinu Nair has also motivated Nagesh Joshi to run Marathons and now both of them are regular marathon runners and share notes on their best timings
  • Anil Dev is following his passion for Photography

 

Building a Brand called – YOU: Compiling Great Content

Continuing from where we stopped.. Our previous article “Getting Started” focused on why professionals can’t ignore social media, how it can be used to showcase one’s expertise and knowledge and thus help build a professional brand for themselves.

In this next article, we will focus on how to compile great content

One of the biggest challenges people face while building their professional brand online is creating good content. Penning down thoughts, opinions to compile a thought driven article that will attract an audience and add value to their knowledge is quite often assumed to be an ordeal. However that is not the reality, on the flipside you need not be an author extraordinaire like Zig Ziglar or Deepak Chopra to write influential content. All you need is some thought provoking topic penned down is simple comprehensible, day to day language and some time and patience and you have some good content. Content that will be of interest and learning for your audiences, content that they will want to share with their network and content that will help increase your credibility within your professional network.

If you’re going through a similar dilemma of whether to ‘Write or not to Write’; we have 5 easy steps to help you draft some informative and shareable content

STEP 1 Pause, Relax & Think:

Before you start penning down your thoughts, start by creating a small review chart with the following

  • Who are your audience?
  • Which platform are they on?
  • Do you have a topic in mind?
  • Are you well versed with the subject you want to write about?
  • Is it already been written about (Google the topic you intent to write about.)
  • If yes, do you have a different opinion about the topic? Are you being repetitive?
  • Prepare a draft content – (jot down points, prepare a rough skeleton of what’s in your mind)
  • Do you have enough content (750 – 1200 words for an article, if its lesser that that you may consider posting it as a post on LinkedIn or as a Tweet if it’s just a thought)
  • Start researching about the topic – take down points, cues that you would want to add to your article

It is important to put down your thoughts on paper before you start punching the keys on your keyboard; it gives you an overview of what your article should look like.

*Avoid controversial topics that may hurt someone’s sentiments or create a controversy or attract negative comments

Step 2 Look for Inspiring stories:

This is for someone who may not have a topic in mind, so how do you go about… Look for inspiration from

  • Blogs
  • News Article
  • Pulse Articles
  • Real Life Experience
  • Conversation with someone that may have triggered a thought
  • Books

These platforms may help trigger a topic you may want to write about for e.g.

  • A news article about something related to the industry you work within. Some new Government policy that may impact your industry, a new trend within the industry that could be a game changer. You may have an opinion on various news articles that make Headlines and these thoughts can then be shaped into an article.
  • An article you read on a blog, magazine or on LinkedIN pulse; you may have a different opinion about it or you may want to add something more to it.
  • A real life experience or a conversation with someone that may have triggered a thought
  • A book you may have read that may have left an impact on you.

These are few platforms where you can draw inspirations or ideas from.

STEP 3 Pick Your Platform:

Like I said in the first step when you start bulleting your thoughts you get an idea of how your article would look. Depending on the content you have you can then choose the platform you want to post your piece on.

STEP 4 Start Drafting:

Now you have the topic you want to write about, the skeleton of the article will give you an idea as to how your article should look, the content you have, the audience you want to target and the platform you should use to post the article on

Now you can start putting your thoughts into sentences and start putting together the first draft. Don’t bother about how grammatically right your sentences sound, as of now focus on your objective. When you are done with the first draft, read it again and this time you will start having a better understanding of how you want this article to look as the article will start taking shape now. Proof reading it the third time may give you more clarity on the article and by now you will have your article ready, another glace will help you edit it to make it more impactful.

It’s always advisable to get someone to review your article and give you honest opinion as well as suggest a few changes if need be. Tell them your intention as to why you want to post this article and ask them if your article resonates your objective.

Pick a headline that will attract audience to click on your post and read the entire article.

Step 5 One Final look

Review your blog one last time, check for spelling or grammatical errors. Format your content. Select relevant images you would like to add along with it

Step 6 POST

Once you’ve proofread the article are happy with the final result; you may post it on appropriate platform.

Note to Remember: Don’t try to write about everything you know in one article. Focus and stick to the initial layout of your article.  Use simple terms that make your article an easy and comprehensible read. If your positioning is clear, it’s much easier to stand out and attract traffic.

Job Titles: All about that EGO

Ever so often, I come across candidates who are finicky about the job title, regardless of the excellent advancement the opportunity provides- more exposure, learning, experience and credibility to their careers.

These candidates become myopic to what their business cards would read and really miss the larger picture.

Don’t get me wrong- I am all for Job Titles- Job titles provide pride, self-respect and admiration amongst peers, friends and family, and are also useful for career progression. Well, let me put it this way, job titles are important but should not become deal breakers.

Job titles are meant to tell people what one does, but today, I ask myself “Have job Titles become an insignia of pride and ego?”

When candidates let go of a great career opportunity they fail to realize that the experience and knowledge they would acquire from this career opportunity could be far more important and valuable than a job title.

Job titles are important at multiple levels, in organisations, it symbolizes what one does, it gives identity for a grade which in turn leads to compensation and benefits structure and clarifies path for career progression. It is what is printed on the business cards, and a senior sounding title is always accorded more respect and authority than others. It also raises the social esteem and standing among peers.

However, at times candidates get carried away and make unreasonable demands of titles that don’t describe what they do but just make them sound important and gives their ego a boost. Such a job title is not helpful to anyone because the roles and responsibilities stay the same.

In the long run when they plan to move jobs again, their job titles could be an exit barrier- consultants may not even approach them as they have a senior sounding title- even though the work they do is relevant for the opportunity the consultant has!

Whereas there has to be market linked realism attached to giving titles to role scopes and corresponding compensation, outlandish titles must be avoided as well.

Current job titles fail the very objective of its existence; for example it’s a trend today for booming start-ups to come up with exaggerated, weird job titles to attract candidates but these titles sound juvenile and lack vision. This trend shows that corporates are now using job titles to attract talent, especially in sectors that lack good talent.

Care should always be taken (by the candidate) to ensure that a job title doesn’t become an exit barrier and (by the employer) to ensure that the job title is not a barrier to attract great talent. It should be JUST RIGHT

And here is some food for thought, “Job titles don’t make someone a leader and real leaders don’t need job titles.”

 

Guide to Working with a Recruiter

It’s important to understand how good recruiters work and in turn utilize their way of working for benefiting oneself

Most of my candidates get annoyed when I call them to enquire if they are looking for a job change; with a very irritated tone they reply “sorry, I am happy with my current job” or “I’m not interested in a change” or “Please don’t bother me, and get me off your list, I don’t work with recruiters” .. After which they abruptly hang up before I even say a word.  Hence I decided to pen down my advice to candidates on how to work with good, professional recruiters.

Candidates may or may not be interested in what the recruiter had on offer for them, but they need to realize that contacts with good recruiters may not be handy at present but in the long run it will definitely be an asset.

Most people should have realized by now that recruiters are not only useful when you are changing jobs but also when you are perfectly happy within your current role. It’s important to nurture your relation with a good recruiter and to be on his “favourite list”. For that you need to understand how recruiters function and in turn you use their way of functioning for your benefit.

Send your Resume

Do you get annoyed when you get a call from a recruiter saying “Mr X, I have a perfect opportunity for you, can you give me a brief background about yourself so I can understand you better” or directly ask you for your updated resume, inspite of you telling them that you’re not looking for a job?? Pretty infuriating right??

If you felt this recruiter sounded professional, seemed knowledgeable then what’s the harm in sending it in?? Let’s face it, maybe you’re not actively looking for a job now but you may in the future. Having your details on a specialist recruiter’s folder will make it more likely that the recruiter will call you again when he has another opportunity and maybe you are looking for a change by then.

Avoid tampering your Resume

Some candidates see a benefit in lying on their resume, or to their recruiter or at the interview. Especially when they are desperate for a job. They often lie about academic degrees, inaccurate job descriptions, inflated salaries, fake references, altered employment dates.  Ones who are lucky enough get away with it but once they get on the job they are not qualified for, it’s not too long till their employer finds out the truth about their credibility and they are likely to be fired.

A candidate may find this the most convenient and fastest means to get a job, but they do this by putting their employers business at stake as well as their own careers in jeopardy

A candidate may think that’s it’s only a resume, and he won’t get jailed for lying about his experience or salary. Yes you won’t. But if you get into the habit of constantly altering your resume to suit a job opening you will end up being branded a “Job – Hopper”.

We recruiters are well connected with industry insiders and so are your employers – our Clients. They will eventually find out and do their own reference checks. They have many ways to find out and once a candidate is caught their career is doomed.

Keep it to yourself

The moment I call a candidate saying they have an opportunity for him; he wants to know which firm it is with, that’s what most of the candidates want to know, to which I politely respond that “Sir, I can’t share these confidential details as of now, but I will do that once I am sure that you are the right fit for the job profile.” The bizarre thing is that, when I do say this most of my candidates get offended. Candidates need to understand that the best for them would be to just wait and respect the recruiter’s request. Just like good recruiters stick to complete confidentiality for the Clients we do the same when it comes to our passive candidates. Candidates as well as clients depend on a recruiter’s ability to keep secrets. If a recruiter calls you, don’t expect him to answer your queries first, rather help him to understand your career graph, your abilities so that we can advise you better on your career. You will be given information on an as-needed basis, and you will be expected to keep it to yourself. Don’t be afraid to share personal information with your recruiter. Knowing what is important to you helps us to find you a suitable combination of position, company, and location.

Follow your Recruiter’s instructions and listen

Most important: A recruiter not only places you from one job to another but we also counsel you about your interview, advise you about negotiating the offer, on how to resign from your current job once you’re selected for a new one, how to tackle a counter offer…etc. We are your career counsellors and we understand where you come from, what your strengths and weaknesses are and the expectations you have from your new job. A recruiter is the one who helps mould your career. We know more about the your potential employer, the organisation, what they are looking for and hence we will be able to guide you better. Take note of the advice and direction your recruiter gives you and follow it.

Make up your Mind

The worst thing that could happen to a recruiter is that his candidate drops out of an offer. Such a situation is even worse than a candidate not being selected. This situation puts the recruiter in an extremely embarrassing position. It’s difficult for the recruiter to go back to his client and break the news to him. It shows that the recruiter lacks candidate control.

As candidates, you have to be completely sure about your decision to move; keeping in mind all the key factors that will be affected by your decision.  Be sure that your spouse, parents, kids are aware of your decision and are prepared to adjust to the change. This is one of the most common issues that cause a hindrance in the recruitment process that too at an extremely crucial and final moment.

You have to make sure that other important aspects like pay, responsibilities, designation etc are all at par with your expectations. If there is something you are not happy about, make sure that your recruiter is well aware about it in the very beginning. This saves the recruiter the embarrassment and you being branded as the “Unprofessional Candidate”.

Call Promptly

Call your recruiter as soon as you are done with your interview. Give him your feedback before the client does. A good recruiter will always prefer getting your feedback before reaching out to the client to get his feedback. Use your recruiter to negotiate and express any concerns. This will help facilitate communication and allow some of the details to be handled at a more comfortable arm’s length.

Infact to build your relation with the recruiter, you should keep in touch with him and get some inside news about your industry hiring trends. But this doesn’t mean you pester him all the time, maybe every 6 months…you could call him or just drop in a mail to say hello.

Use social media to keep in touch; this is the best option you have today. Connect with your recruiter on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter. Keep a track of his updates on social media. You never know he may just post an opening for your dream job one day.

Face Negative Feedback Positively

Many recruiters shy away from sharing negative feedback as many candidates don’t take the feedback positively. If your recruiter comes back with a negative feedback about your interview don’t be offended instead be professional and polite, this is for your own betterment. Being rejected on a particular opportunity could be to do with another stronger candidate in the process and not necessarily about you. You have to maintain your relation with the recruiter since he will be the same one who may land you your next job. It’s better to know about your flaws and work on them rather than living with it for life.

Multiple offers

This is the most critical issue, which has to be handled carefully. If you have received more than one offer, it is generally best to let your recruiter know about it as soon as possible to avoid any complexities in the future.

Contemplating on an offer

The longer you take to make your decision, the more likely it is that the employer will think you are not committed and that they have, perhaps, made a wrong choice. We have even seen cases where, due to inordinate delay, employers have retracted offers of employment. Good recruiters also understand that delay in decision-making at this stage could mean you are hesitating; and we will very quickly put in alternate options from our “Favourite List”.

This article appeared in People Matters on Feb 20, 2014

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