Every now and then, a candidate will come along and surprise a recruiter. Sometimes in a bad way, and sometimes in a good way. On Friday, I was surprised in a good way.
I was making my last call of the day on Friday, and had just started a phone screen. Right after explaining what the screen would entail, the candidate quickly jumped in with, “am I looking at you here on this Corn on the Cob…or Job?” I kind of smiled a bit, and wasn’t sure exactly what to say. I explained that I have a job seeker blog that I run and that it’s focus is to help job seekers in their job search. We talked about the blog for a minute, and then we carried on with our business.
Now, most job seekers know to research the company, position, industry, etc, but it’s rare to see a candidate actually research the recruiter or person handling the phone screen/interview. You never know what you’ll find out about the person on the other end of the line, and as we all know, it’s all too easy to find out information about each other. As a job seeker, you can find this to be useful if you’d like to bring up a talking point, or break the ice with something. The recruiter may be impressed if you’ve done extra homework and showed interest in the interviewer.
What I don’t suggest is adding that recruiter or interview to all of your social networks. You’ll use common sense, I know you will.