How to Work with Executive Recruiters

By | 10/12/2016


The purpose of hiring an executive recruiter is to help an employer fill senior positons at their company. Working with headhunters can be very beneficial, not only in the moment but if in the future they run across a position that matches your personality, they will think of you. Building a relationship takes time so it is best to not wait to till you are in need of s job to get to know a recruiter. Read the tips below to find out how to start building that relationship.

–          Offer help – it is more than likely that a headhunter will contact you with a few job opportunities that do not interest you, and that’s okay. If you know someone that may be hiring and you are interested in, mention them.

–          Be truthful – do not embellish your past experience and accomplishments. They will most likely check your references and get the truth. If they find out you have lied it can ruin your chances not only with them but with other search professionals.  

–          Be certain – be sure you really want a new job. Often people will go on an interview, get offered the job or a follow-up appointment, and then second-guess. Backing-out after all of the work and time the recruiter put into finding you the position may make them question working with you.

–          Set boundaries – some people say they’ll take any job, that’s unlikely. No one will do anything. Speak with the recruiter and let them know the industries that do not interest you at all. This being said, don’t be too picky, that will only leave you smaller options.

–          References are key – On your resume have at least three references, with contact information. This can be past managers or colleges, preferably not someone you were best friends with.

–          Ask questions – show interest in your job-search. Ask about the employer, the skills needed for the position and whether there are other candidates being considered for the position. This will show the recruiter that you want to be as prepared as possible for the interview and that you care about the position.

–          Explain your rejections – You are likely to go on interviews for a company or position you do not like. If that is the case, explain to the recruiter why. This will help them limit their search to what you like.

–          Stay involved – Check in with your recruiter every so often.  If you go on an interview, let them know within a few days how it went. It also couldn’t hurt to research companies and available positions on your own and give them a list of what you find interesting. This is another way to help them get a feel for what you are interested in.

Some of the largest companies in the world work with executive recruiters. Forming a relationship with these firms can set you up for a very successful future.