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    3 Things to Avoid Doing When a Recruiter Calls You

    You only get to make a first impression once. When it comes to your career, maximizing those opportunities is paramount. In most instances it is not enough to be good at what you do if you are trying to get a new job, you must also do well in your interactions. Once you have found a job that you are interested and you have applied, the next step is to wait for the communication to have your interview set up. Now depending on the recruiter this communication will either come in an email or it will come as a phone call. Now with an email it is pretty straight forward. It is easy to craft a simple, straight to the point email expressing when you are able to have a conversation. As long as you aren’t overly difficult or go out of the way to mess up your chances, this will most likely happen without incident. Now a phone call can be much more difficult to navigate. While the purpose of this call is to set up a time for the two of you to talk, the recruiter, who talks to candidates all day everyday typically takes a lot more away from a call like. Just in that in that first call alone recruiters are able to gauge communication skills, enthusiasm about the opportunity and preparedness. So while it seems like a relatively inconsequential conversation, in a competitive market, it is critical to be maximizing every bit of communication you are afforded. As someone who has had thousands of these of calls I put together a list of common things I have run into that you should avoid doing when you are contacted by a recruiter.

    Coming off as disinterested

    Every recruiter who has ever done this job for any significant amount of time has had someone turn down as offer. In this line of work it is one of the worst things that can happen to a recruiter. Sometimes we work on a role for a long time, put a lot of focus into, become well versed on the ins and outs, interview many candidates, search far and wide to find what we think is the perfect candidate just to have an offer extended and have it turned down. We go from the excitement of filling the role to feeling the overwhelming despair of starting over. For this very reason we are always on the lookout for the signs that a person might ultimately make the decision to not accept the role if its offered to them. Whether or not you even want to fine tune this sixth sense it just happens to you. Through a trial and error process you start to notice things about candidates who will back out, accept the role, do well or become a horror story. One of the big flashing red warning signs is if you have a candidate sound as if he or she is setting up a dentist appointment. When you are offered a chance to interview for a job you want, you would think there would be some excitement associated with that. So if you end up talking to a recruiter about setting up an interview and you sound as if is more a chore than an opportunity, you are certainly getting off on the wrong foot. You don’t need to be bubbly and over the top, but show some enthusiasm and thank the recruiter for calling you.

    Asking which company and which position it is

    Now that might seem like weird advice. Some of you are probably thinking “But Ben, don’t I need to know what company and what position I am interviewing for?” The answer to that question is a resounding yes. You absolutely need to know what the role is but like most things in life there is a wrong and a right way to go about it. Most recruiters who call you will say who they are with or representing and what the position is, so it really shouldn’t be an issue. Also, it’s probably best as a job seeker to not be applying to so many places that when one of them calls you, you have absolutely no idea what it’s for. However if they don’t make mention of that information and you aren’t sure which company and role it is, make sure you ask in a polite way. Phrasing like “Excuse me, what was the company name and the position title?” is an acceptable way to ask. The wrong way to ask is to say something like, “Wait, which role is this? And which company, I have been sending out a lot of applications.” While that might be true, no recruiter wants to hear that. When I hear that several thoughts pop into my mind. Well this person is interviewing everywhere, I don’t want to get into a bidding war if we get to the offer stage. Wow this person seems unprepared to field this call, are they really interested? Why is this person interviewing at so many places? Is something going on in their current role that necessitates such an aggressive approach to finding a new job? None of these questions are good questions. It’s not like a recruiter is going to think, “wow this person is so in demand that they aren’t able to remember the role!” So make sure you position yourself so that you come off as polite and deliberate.

    Pushing the date back too far

    One of the biggest mistake I see if someone pushing the date of the interview back too far. There are times people ask to speak with me a week later or even two or three. From personal experience I can tell you that is too late. If you want to do a first round phone interview more than a week after the recruiter calls you to schedule, there is a good chance you might be wasting your time. To explain why they me tell you about the interview process real quick. Once a position is approved and sent to a recruiter, they schedule a call with the hiring manager to discuss what they are looking for. Once that call occurs the position is posted. If we assume a handful of qualified applicants apply within the first ten days or so, the recruiter is going to pick the top three, four or five candidates and call them to interview them. The recruiter will batch schedule them so that they all occur in a relatively short period of time so that they can send over the slate of candidates to the hiring manager so they can decide who they want to move forward with. If the recruiter suggests a day or perhaps a couple of days, that is the period of time the recruiter is planning on talking to every single person they intend on talking to for the role. So, if you push back a week or two past the suggested time, the recruiter is not going to wait for your interview to be completed to send over the others. The hiring manager will see your information way later if at all. In fact the recruiter might go back and call another candidate they didn’t plan on speaking with just to get another in that group they submit over to the hiring manager. If you push your interview back a week and a half for example, the recruiter might have interviewed three candidates, made a recommendation for action and the hiring manager might have already conducted phone interviews. In fact the might have made further decisions about who they would like to schedule for onsite interviews. If that happens, your only hope is that the onsite interview goes poorly and they want to restart the search. Even if your phone interview goes great with the recruiter, if the recruiter has other people in process they will be unlikely to submit you because starting your interview process would only distract from what might be the conclusion of a successful search. So while we are all busy, sometimes it all comes down to timing. So my advice is find a way. Don’t push the interview back too far or you might just be pushing yourself right out of the process.

    So there you have it. Those are my 3 things to avoid doing when a recruiter calls you. For more insights like this check out www.gettingthejobhq.com and see more posts and tips!

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    When you get a call from a recruiter for the first time, talk professionally while sitting or standing up, be flexible on setting up an interview and don't ask about the salary.

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    Second point is actually weird. How can someone go for an interview when he is not even aware of the company and position.

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    Best Tips For Cracking Your Telephonic Interview

    In today’s IT boom there are various latest jobs in IT available for you but then the companies conduct a telephonic round instead of walk in interview jobs. So just prepare yourself with these tips for exploring your career opportunities.

    1) Do a homework: Just look for various kinds of questions and answers that you would be shot at by the interviewer. Practice it well and try to be fluent and confident in English. The only advantage you have in this kind of an interview is invisibility.

    2) Choose a good phone and a spot: You will definitely get to know about the timings before hand and therefore be prepared with an isolated spot without any disturbance and use a good phone for the call preferably land line.

    3) Ask questions wisely: After the telephonic interview round completes the interviewer will ask will invite for your questions. So use this opportunity wisely by asking questions about the role and about the company’s new strategy and plan. This will show how serious you are about the company.

    For more Best Interview Tips Visit Here: http://careerfunda.info/top-5-tips-i...getting-hired/

    4) Be positive: Optimism and confidence is half way towards success. Though there is no visibility, the interviewer can sense your mood through your voice. Your voice will reflect your mindset and behaviour. So, feel good about yourself and be show how confident you are.

    5) Do not discuss about salary: Generally telephonic round is not considered as the final around in any interview and salary discussions and negotiations are done in the final stage. While the panel is still assessing about your skills do not show you are here for money.

    6) Take down notes: During the telephonic interview be prepared to take down notes if anything important. Have a copy of your resume and offer letter to answer any question related to your resume.

    7) Do not underestimate telephonic round: Just because you both are not visible for each other that does not mean you can take it lightly and there are chances that you can be eliminated if you make the interviewer feel that you are not good enough.

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    Best Tips For Cracking Your Telephonic Interview

    In today’s IT boom there are various latest jobs in IT available for you but then the companies conduct a telephonic round instead of walk in interview jobs. So just prepare yourself with these tips for exploring your career opportunities.

    1) Do a homework: Just look for various kinds of questions and answers that you would be shot at by the interviewer. Practice it well and try to be fluent and confident in English. The only advantage you have in this kind of an interview is invisibility.

    2) Choose a good phone and a spot: You will definitely get to know about the timings before hand and therefore be prepared with an isolated spot without any disturbance and use a good phone for the call preferably land line.

    3) Ask questions wisely: After the telephonic interview round completes the interviewer will ask will invite for your questions. So use this opportunity wisely by asking questions about the role and about the company’s new strategy and plan. This will show how serious you are about the company.



    4) Be positive: Optimism and confidence is half way towards success. Though there is no visibility, the interviewer can sense your mood through your voice. Your voice will reflect your mindset and behaviour. So, feel good about yourself and be show how confident you are.

    5) Do not discuss about salary: Generally telephonic round is not considered as the final around in any interview and salary discussions and negotiations are done in the final stage. While the panel is still assessing about your skills do not show you are here for money.

    6) Take down notes: During the telephonic interview be prepared to take down notes if anything important. Have a copy of your resume and offer letter to answer any question related to your resume.

    7) Do not underestimate telephonic round: Just because you both are not visible for each other that does not mean you can take it lightly and there are chances that you can be eliminated if you make the interviewer feel that you are not good enough.


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