Research your recruiter, you never know what you’ll find

by Rich DeMatteo on August 8, 2010 · 5 comments

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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.

 

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4 comments
Royce
Royce

Haha that is pretty awesome... I feel like I would want to do that to my recruiter too. You know, if I had one.

Karen F.
Karen F.

Glad to see you weren't thrown by the question or distracted too much from the actual purpose of the call (that calls for one serious bow!) Even better is that job seekers seem to be doing their homework, which they should anyway! Terrific post (was hoping for a video, too lol) Have a great weekend! Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter for questions, comments or violent reactions)

Harrison Tsai
Harrison Tsai

I've done that and found some recruiters going to the same university I did. Very useful and helpful to do background research. I mean, if most recruiters look up applicant backgrounds, why not the other way around? Good post!

Kimba Green
Kimba Green

I just finished researching the recruiter I am meeting with tomorrow when @newrenaissance tweeted out your post. Boy am I glad I am doing the right thing!