Seven Ways To Improve The Interaction Between Job Seekers and Recruiters

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Working in a service based industry, your reputation is everything. So if recruiters are relying solely on the candidate’s experience you would think all recruiters would follow certain guidelines of moral and ethical behavior that would allow them to be successful. Unfortunately recruiters get a bad wrap; a reputation of being self-centered and not providing the level of service that a candidate would expect. Are the job seeker’s expectations too high? This is a loaded question that has come up repeatedly over the past thirteen years that I have been in the industry.

You’ll never make everyone happy but here are seven ways that recruiters can change the perception that some people have:

1) How come recruiters never call me back: This is the #1 pet peeve that candidates have. The honeymoon is short lived as recruiters call candidates with passion and excitement only never to reach out to them again. At a bare minimum, recruiters need to re-connect with candidates within a certain time frame (established during their initial conversation with the job seeker) via email or phone–it’s 2012 after all!

2) Write clear and descriptive job descriptions: Bad input equals bad output. As a recruiter you need to take the time and effort to meet with the hiring manager and go over the specifics of the role. The copy and paste tactic will not get you far.

3) Take the time to learn the lingo: A lot of recruiters get a bad wrap for playing buzz word bingo on resumes. Take the time to learn the technology; from my experience candidates love to talk about technology and are more than willing answer questions.

4) Explain where you are in the recruiting process: You can be the best matchmaker in town but if you don’t divulge where you are in the recruiting cycle (interviews, how many resumes you have sent for review, potential offers on the table) expectations can be set too high.

5) Provide feedback: This can be a double-edged sword and managers might have negative things to say about candidates, but in order to build trust sometimes you have to provide constructive criticism that people may not want to hear.

6) Understand where the candidates are coming from: One of the hardest jobs an individual will have is finding a job. Candidates know that you are one of the many avenues that they can use to find a position and, at the same time, you have to be able to put yourself in their shoes.

7) Finally make sure you close the loop: Once you engage a candidate and go through the recruiting process with them “closing the loop” with each person is one of the basic tenets that all recruiters should follow.

How many of you have a set of rules you follow during the candidate life cycle? What do you think of these 7 tips?

50 thoughts on “Seven Ways To Improve The Interaction Between Job Seekers and Recruiters”

  1. Todd:

    Well done! I think your point about closing the loop is an important one these days, just don’t leave people hanging – i’d rather know that a company is going to go with someone else than have them on my active list and keep pouring energy into a nonexistent opportunity. Just rather get an email saying X company took another candidate so I can move on to another possiby better job.

    Great article,

    Linda McInnis

  2. I did an interview and fill out a Job application on line, my contact was Mrs. Laura Hughes after i fill the application i went home as I got home I had a message in my voice mail from an employee from ADDECO by the name of SCOTT, he told me to go 11011 North Torrey Pines Rd in LA Jolla Ca 92037 at 8 AM for an interview, he dint say what building. so i got to my interview late, when I finely got there I was told by my future employer Dave Carter, that the position was already closed. So I just drove 30+ miles (one way) just to waist my time and expensive gasoline.

    1. Hi Sostenes – We are so sorry to hear about your interview experience. Have you spoken to your local office since this time to let them know what happened? You can reach out to us at

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