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How Recruiters Should Treat Candidates

  • by: Ryan Abbot
  • On: 28, Mar 2019
3 min read

If you’re considering using a recruitment agency to find contract or permanent work, there are hundreds out there to choose from. However some agencies have radically different practices, and will offer you different services and levels of quality.

Candidates should expect to be treated well by recruiters, given respect, honesty, a high level of information, consistent contact, and enjoy an authentic connection with a recruiter than wants to help them and their careers.

What To Expect From Working With A Recruitment Agency:

  • Respect

First and foremost, any recruiter you deal with should treat you with respect. They couldn’t do their job without you: the candidate. A good recruitment company understands this, and will work not just to get you a job, but to ensure that you’re moving in the right direction in your career.

Respect stretches across all areas of recruitment, the recruiter should understand what you’re looking for and help you access it, they should contact you with new information and new opportunities, and should be a long-term partner in your career. All partnerships depend on equal levels of respect as a starting point.

  • Honesty

Recruiters should not lie to you, for any reason. If they lie to you about the little things, they might lie to you about the big things. If they don’t tell the truth about what experience you’ll need, or what the job will require on a daily basis, they can’t be trusted to give you accurate information.

If you’re expected to commit to a contract or a longer placement, you should be given accurate information, that fully explains what you’re going to be doing.

  • Information

If you’re working with a recruitment company, they should be giving you quality information about the job, the interview process, and the company you may be working for.

Your recruiter should have intimate knowledge of the role, what it requires, what you’ll be doing day-to-day, what the company is looking for, and what their culture is like. The more information you have, the more likely you’ll be to impress during the interview, and thus be more likely to get the job.

A recruiter’s job is to make it as easy as possible for you to get hired. If they’re not helping you, they’re not worth your time.

VHR’s dedicated recruitment consultants are trained to work with their candidates through the entire recruitment process, through the very end of the contract. As VHR is a specialised technical recruitment agency, we have access to a high quality information from clients, and a deeper understanding of the industries we work in.

  • Consistent Contact

The recruitment process can take a long time, sometimes weeks. During this process, a recruitment consultant should remain in contact with you, keeping you updated with what’s going on, how you’re doing, and what the next steps are.

If there are long gaps with no communication at all, that could be a sign that the recruitment consultant has forgotten about you, or lost interest in taking you further. This is unprofessional, and unfair on you.

  • An Authentic Connection

Your recruiter should treat you as a person, rather than just another number or applicant. Your career is important, and they should understand and respect that.

A good recruiter can help you find new jobs for years, and should come to know you as a person, not just a potential candidate for jobs.

If these values are important to you, and you think working with a recruiter could help your career, get in touch with us today.

Learn about how recruitment can get you a promotion, or read about questions you should never be asked in a job interview

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