The recruiter probably expressed little interest about your individual requirements and deemed that your CV had enough keywords in it to send it over to their client. Unfortunately there are many of these agencies who follow similar principles, giving the recruitment industry a bad name.
However, if you turn to agencies that specialise in your industry and who genuinely care about their candidates, then your experience will be a whole lot different (read our post on the benefits of using a recruitment agency).
But what are the tell-tale signs that the agency (and their recruiters) will offer you a complete service full of value? Here are 5 signs to look out for:
First and foremost, it is essential that you are represented by a recruiter who genuinely takes an interest in your preferences and then goes out of their way to accommodate those needs to the best of their ability. The recruiter will understand what their role in the relationship is and will look to ensure you are happy at all stages of the recruitment process. Also, they should always request permission to represent you – as they will not submit your profile to their client without your prior written consent (we request this via email).
A good tell-tale sign is to get the recruiter into a conversation about the market and your specific area of specialism to see how well they understand your skills and needs. If they are clued up, then they will understand what you are looking for and will be able to highlight to the client exactly how you suffice their requirements. They will only match you to roles that are actually a good fit for you and you’ll be a lot more likely to land the role as a result. Another point to look out for – if they aren’t completely sure of something, are they honest about it and ask you for information…?
A good recruiter doesn’t just know the job of interest; they know how and why the job is open. They will be able to tell you the exact reasons that their client have chosen to source a candidate for the specific role and how that job will lead towards them achieving their goals. They can share their understanding of the company culture and can explain to you how your skills and expertise, when applied to the role, fit what the client is looking for. This will improve your ability to gauge if you are interested in the role or not and could potentially save you a lot of time and effort.
An agency that genuinely cares will go out of their way to ensure you are well informed of progress or hold ups. There is nothing worse than waiting for a response when all you want is an update, regardless of the outcome. They will call you when they say they will, even if they haven’t got any news; instead explaining the cause of delay.
Good recruiters have solid networks and have a good working relationship with the hiring managers of their clients. This greatly adds value as you will be supplied with information on the people who will be conducting your interview. For example, their background, what they personally look for in a potential hire and typical questions that they ask. A good recruiter will give you an opportunity to prepare yourself for the interview in a way that is not possible without their aid.
What do you think? What do you consider to be the signs of a good recruitment consultant / agency? Drop us a comment at the bottom of the page