Interviewing with Employment Agencies
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Prior to an interview you most likely spend some time preparing: reviewing interview questions, answers, and company information. However, do you handle an interview with an employment agency the same as you do with a direct employer? Do you practice interview questions the night before? Do you dress in a suit? You are not meeting your next potential boss so do you need to take it seriously? In short, yes. Impressing an agency recruiter is just as important as it is for a potential employer. Here are few things to consider before your meeting with an agency:
Dress for success – wear normal interview attire. Recruiters do not want to send candidates to their clients (employers) who are not polished because it will not reflect well on them. There is also a chance you could be sent directly on an interview after leaving the agency so be prepared! Which brings us to the next tip…
Remember to have a few resumes – you may not just be meeting with the recruiter so, do not risk being empty handed.
Keep answers professional – no matter how much the recruiter seems like a “friend” (because they are there to help you) it is a professional not personal relationship.
Be clear on your wants/needs – recruiters can only do their job (finding you a job) if they are clear on what it is you are looking for. Just because you lasted work as an administrative assistant does not mean it is what you want to be doing next. Do you have a minimum rate you are willing to work for? The more information they have the better chance they can match you with the job you really want.
Remember recruiters can be the key to your next job. Just as you want to “wow” a potential employer you should shine in front of a recruiter. Numerous resumes are received continually at agencies and you don’t want to get lost in the shuffle. Selling yourself can help agencies sell you as the best candidate for the job.
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