When They Find You: Tips For Being Recruited to a Position
by Alison Ringo
Higher-level job seekers in some way have it easier than entry-level folks. Often when you are contacted directly, rather than applying for a position, it is because you have a skill set or blend of education and experience that isn’t readily found in just anyone who applies from your industry or discipline.
It’s good to know this, of course, because each side of a job transaction needs traction and leverage.
However, knowing that you have something the employer needs and acting like you’re the hottest thing since sliced bread shouldn’t go hand in hand.
When you are approached for a potential position, whether it be from a KAS Placement recruitment agency or by the hiring company directly, there are certain things that can give you a leg up. Here are just a few.
1. Do your best to respond within 24 hours. 12 is even better. This has only a little to do with the fact that you are more likely than not in competition with other job seekers.
Getting back to the HR rep or recruiter in a timely fashion communicates your interest in the learning more, sure, but it also subliminally stresses your availability and your willingness to work with others.
2. Confirm everything. This helps not only because business takes place across the continent and four time zones – and sometimes over the ocean – but because you don’t need to be in accounting to need to appear attentive to detail.
3. Follow up on everything. In the interview process for any kind of specialized position, it’s likely you’ll interact with a minimum of three different people. That means it’s likely you’ll interact with three different ideas of how your potential position should go.
This is where follow-ups come in handy, not just as a professional and polite gesture, but as a check-in about what you can adjust or highlight as you progress in your interview process.
Typically you can check in with your initial contact from the start of the process, whether it’s a recruiter, the HR person who reached out to you directly, or the hiring manager.
It’s never possible to be all things to all people, but indicating that you want to get the broadest understanding of the responsibilities and goals of the position, and the organization overall.