Tips to Help You Prepare for an Interview With a Recruiter

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So you’ve landed an interview with a recruiter at a staffing firm … now what? If you’ve never worked with a recruiter before, you might not know what to expect. If you’re anxious about your interview with a recruiter, here is some advice to help prepare and set your mind at ease.

Yes, It’s a Real Interview

Just because you are not interviewing for a specific job does not mean this interview isn’t “real.” The recruiter will be matching you with opportunities that meet your skills set and career goals, and therefore the recruiter must get to know more about you. If you are presented to a hiring manager as a candidate, the recruiter must be able to talk about your strengths and weaknesses with authority and must be sure you’re a solid match for the position. Always treat an interview with a recruiter like you would treat any job interview. Dress professionally, bring a copy of your resume and spend some time practicing your interviewing skills.

Honesty Is Always the Best Policy

A recruiter’s goal is to make matches between employers and candidates that will result in success. They want you and their client company to be happy. The best way to ensure accurate matches is honesty. Be candid about your work history, be open about your future goals, and don’t hold back when it comes to discussing your ideal employer and what you want and need from your next position. If you withhold important information about yourself or are misleading about where you’ve been or where you want to go, you won’t have a successful relationship with the recruiter.

It helps to spend some time researching the types of placements the agency specializes in, as well. Understand the pros and cons of permanent full-time, permanent part-time, temporary and temp-to-hire. This will allow you to make educated decisions about interviews and job offers, and if you know you are not interested in one or more of these types of jobs, you can let the recruiter know up front.

Ask Questions

If you’ve never worked with a recruiter before, you’re going to have questions. Come prepared with a list of things you want to know, and when given the opportunity to ask, tick right down the list. The recruiter wants you to feel comfortable with the process, and is willing to answer your questions or address your concerns.

Be Prepared To Listen

You’ll do most of the talking in the interview, but the recruiter will likely spend some time offering you constructive feedback on your resume and your interview skills. Be willing and able to accept this feedback like a professional, especially if the recruiter points out areas in which you need to improve. The advice the recruiter gives you is designed to help you be more competitive in the job market, so don’t take it personally.

If you are seeking new opportunities in light industrial work in the Houston area, the team at DHR Staffing would love to connect with you. Our expert recruiters will work with you to find a position that meets your goals, and our Precise Assignment System ensures you are matched with opportunities that are right for you. To learn more about our process, contact us today.

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