5 Things a Candidate Should Look for in a Good Recruiter

When it comes to your job search, having someone in your corner who can help you navigate tricky waters can be the difference between securing a job you love and missing out on an opportunity that’s perfect for you.


A good approach involves working with you to give you the kind of insight, support, and guidance you need to get on the path to success. So, essentially, a partner that helps you to build your confidence and skills in approaching the recruitment process. So, what should you look for in a good recruiter or agency, and what areas of support and guidance can you expect to receive? Find out in the article below.


Clarifying goals and how to meet them 

Knowing what you want out of your next job role can be difficult to pin down. Working with a knowledgeable and experienced recruiter will assist you in determining your professional goals by offering you a structured method for reflection and goal setting, as well as providing encouragement and constructive feedback.


One of the most important things that a good recruiter will do is help you to assess your strengths and weaknesses. This is vital to know when embarking on a job search. Experienced recruiters will also help you identify the transferable skills that apply across different industries, as well as areas of expertise where you excel. They can also assist in highlighting your weaknesses and suggesting ways that these might be improved upon (and how this could affect potential future job applications).


With a little extra insight into who you are and all that you have to offer companies out there hiring, it could increase your chances of achieving success when applying or attending an interview for a new role.


Improving your resume and cover letter 

Your resume is a very important document, and it’s essential to have a strong one if you’re looking for a job. A good recruiter will help you improve your resume by reviewing it with you and giving feedback on what works and what doesn’t. They can also help you target your resume to specific jobs, and give you tips on how to make the most of your experience and skills. For example, if you have 7 years or more of experience in your field, then it could be the perfect time to up your game and improve how you come across to potential employers on paper, especially if you’re looking to venture into management or leadership. This is where a great recruiter can offer guidance and help make your resume stand out from the crowd. 


At Insight Recruitment, we offer coaching to all our candidates. We provide expert advice that we’ve gained from years of experience in the recruitment industry and offer our candidates access to resources, such as helping them to get in contact with professional resume writers in our network. Our goal is to take some of the weight off your shoulders and help you grow professionally. 


Preparing you for interview

Once you’ve applied for a job and received an invitation to interview, your recruiter will be able to give you tips on how to prepare. The interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, even for the most experienced candidates. Having someone there who knows the interview process well to guide you through can put your mind at ease. You’ll also be able to get an idea of what to expect from the interview and how to position yourself for success – from what you wear to how to explain any bad experiences in a diplomatic way. 


A good recruiter will first try to gain an understanding of how you’ve performed in past interviews to get a sense of what has worked and what hasn’t previously. By doing this, they can help you to identify common hurdles that you often struggle to get over during the interview process and pinpoint areas where you can get derailed. 


At Insight Recruitment, we encourage our candidates to write down questions ahead of time and bring them to the interview, in addition to listing their own strengths. Doing this preparation beforehand helps our candidates to feel more at ease during the interview and ensures that they can answer (and ask) the right questions at the right times. 


Although a great recruitment partner can help you prepare for the interview and offer advice and guidance to help you succeed, in the end, it’s ultimately down to you as the candidate to present your best self to the interviewer and ensure that you leave the interview having done everything you could to show the employer why you’re the right person for the job. 


Learn how to “Tell your Story” 

A great recruiter can help you craft your story and develop a strategy to communicate it effectively to potential employers. At Insight Recruitment, we call it “telling your story”. 


“Telling your story” is all about taking your skills and experiences, and highlighting what makes them relevant to a particular role and why you’re the best person for it. As a candidate, when you speak from a higher perspective – for example from a leader’s perspective – about your past accomplishments, it can deliver a power-packed punch of information that sets you apart from the competition. This is because the interviewer can visualize you in action through the careful delivery of your story. 


During the interview, we recommend highlighting your past experiences and accomplishments by focusing on the “before and after” of your work. For instance, in your story you should clearly be able to explain:


  • The before: What was the problem or challenge that you faced?
  • The middle: How did you (and your team) tackle this problem?
  • The after: What was the result? How did your involvement have an impact?


Having a few stories under your belt ready for the interview process means that you’ll be ready for whatever the employer throws at you. You’ll be able to communicate how your actions positively impacted your organization, team, or department, without feeling like you’re bragging. 


Everyone has enough material to create their own story but fine-tuning it so that it becomes a compelling story that shows you off in the best light can be a challenge. At Insight Recruitment, we help our candidates develop their own stories, giving them the tools and resources, they need to put their best foot forward during the interview. 


Support, encouragement, and guidance throughout your job search

Job searching can be a long, tiring process. You can lose your drive and motivation and struggle to keep track of where you’ve applied, who you’ve interviewed with, where you’re at in the process and what feedback you received on your resume. Having a great recruiter in your corner can help you stay focused and optimistic because someone is keeping an eye on your progress – keeping you accountable – and providing the encouragement that you need to keep going during those times when things get tough. At Insight Recruitment, we know that searching for a new job can be tricky. We help our candidates cut through the noise to identify the roles that are best suited for them. We take the time to learn what is important to you in your life right now and you can trust us to always bring opportunities that are relevant and speak to your true self.


Closing thoughts

In conclusion, a great recruitment partner will be someone who understands you as a person, your aspirations, and your ambitions. They can help you clarify your career goals so you can figure out what you truly want – and need – from your next job role. A good recruiter will also be there to offer advice, support, and guidance, as well as be able to offer you honest and constructive feedback to help you improve and grow. Lastly, your recruiter should also be able to help you develop your story and give you the tools you need to show potential employers why you are the right candidate for the role. In a tough talent market, being proactive about your career development is the key to success. 


At Insight Recruitment, we work closely with all our candidates to help them succeed in their hunt for a new role. We’ll handle everything from bringing the right opportunity to you, coaching you on your resume, preparing you for interviews, and giving you critical interview feedback and vital information when considering another opportunity. Ready to unlock your growth potential? Don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out more.

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