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Why working with your recruiter is essential to nailing an interview

Why working with your recruiter is essential to nailing an interview

Whether you’re a fresh-faced 16-year-old looking for your first job, or a veteran of the industry trying to rise through the ranks, job interviews are an inescapable part of getting the position you want.

There’s no perfect formula for nailing interviews because, like the companies looking to hire, every job is different. Your strategy for one role may not cut through as effectively for another.

That’s why if you’re a candidate identified for a position by a recruiter, you need to work closely with them to decide how you’ll tackle the task ahead.

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One of the biggest mistakes candidates make when dealing with recruiters is thinking it’s the recruiter’s job to get them the position. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The recruiter’s job is to identify the best possible candidates for their client. If you’re one of the chosen few to make the cut, you want to show why you stand out from the pack.

As much as a recruiter may be able to gleam from your LinkedIn profile, they won’t be able to get a full picture of your expertise unless you help them out.

Be prepared to make notes on what you’ve learned from your years of experience, provide a list of valuable contacts and even do a small presentation to sum up what makes you attractive to a client.

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With all of this extra info, recruiters can learn more about what makes you worth hiring beyond a black and white CV. Whether you’re introverted, extraverted, intense or chilled out, knowing more about your personality will allow recruiters to best tailor your approach to the big interview.

Feeling daunted by a job interview is hardly uncommon. It’s only natural to get nervous about a short conversation that could lead to the next big step in your career.

However, cockiness is also detrimental to performance. Rocking up to the boss’s office with a swagger may help you feel more confident in the lead-up, but one tricky question can still knock you off your feet.

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That’s why a recruiter’s expertise is essential to your preparation. They know what kind of questions you’ll face and will help you to craft the ideal responses. They’ll even cover the most basic elements like confirming the best route to get to the interview on time and planning the right corporate attire.

Shunning this help is not advised, as it can leave you looking well out of your depth. While it’s easy to assume your substantial experience compensates for this, it actually helps when you start planning your strategy with the recruiter because your combined knowledge gives both of you more to work with.

When it comes to preparing for interviews, it always pays to put pride aside and trust the recruiter. You know you have the right skills – it’s up to you to work with the recruiter to show why.