At CA, we have uncovered our fair share of fibs and omitted information over the years. Every recruitment professional has a story about when a candidate lied or withheld crucial information, and the proverbial wheels fell off as a result. Thankfully, experienced recruitment consultants , like ourselves, have learnt how to diplomatically weed out any untruths when taking on new candidates. Now, we’re not talking about hamming up the odd thing on your CV. We’re talking about how you deal with us, as specialist recruitment consultants looking for the perfect role for you. So here’s a little rundown on why it is so important to be honest with us.
We are working together for the same goal
This is the most significant reason as to why you should always be brutally honest with your recruiter. We want the same thing you do, so you need to equip us with what we need to be able to do that to the best of our ability. We need to know everything. If we don’t have the the right information, we can’t do our job the way we need to.
We don’t judge
Many times, candidates might omit certain things because they’re not very proud of them or invent something because there’s not much to say about a certain section of a CV. For example, perhaps you were out of work for 6 months and the gap in your CV is jumping off the page at you. These things happen, and as recruitment professionals, our job is to help get around these kinds of hitches. We know how to handle any CV issue you might have, but in order to do that, you have to be honest with us. Trust us, we’ve heard it all and dealt with it all.
We might be working together for some time
Sometimes you get lucky and the right job comes along immediately. Other times, you will be checking back in with your recruiter regularly, so any false information you’ve given will either be uncovered, or be standing in the way of that perfect role.
We need to know exactly what you want
This means being honest about your desired salary, benefits, experience and aspirations. Don’t tell us what you think we want to hear. Tell us what you want. Tell us where you want to be in 5 years. Tell us how you see your entire career path going. This is the information we need to find you the right job with the right company.
It works both ways
We also have to be honest with you and interview feedback is a good example of why. We can’t pull punches when telling you how an interviewer thought you did. It’s simply not constructive to sugar-coat if an interview didn’t go so well. However, these are the instances during the recruitment process that allow for you to work on your interviewing technique and strengthen any weak spots.
Honesty is generally the best policy for most things in life and recruitment is certainly no exception. So, if you decide to take on the services of a recruitment agency, stick to that policy rigidly to give yourself the best chance of landing that perfect fit of a role.
Written by Financial Recruitment Consultant, Cathy Symmonds – firstname.lastname@example.org