In a typical recruitment process, there can be multiple rounds of interviews – one with the recruiter, one with your immediate supervisor and sometimes also with someone from the leadership. At times, we might tend to focus on the latter two interactions and forget that the first impression that we make is usually with the recruiter or someone from the Human Resources.
In this article, we share some tips on how to approach your first interaction with the recruiter:
1. Tell the recruiter how your values align with those of the company and its culture. It’s important to bear in mind that the HR manager has the ability to end the recruitment process or take it forward basis how the interaction goes. So try to ensure you make no mistake when preparing for this interview.
2. Be prepared to talk about your technical skills and experience. The recruiter might want to know more about your experience, skills and professional achievements. Be prepared to explain how your skills match the job description.
3. Remain confident in the face of unconscious bias. It's a human tendency to prefer those who look, act and behave in a familiar wat. However, don't be discouraged, there are plenty of ways to ensure that a recruiter's unconscious bias won't apply to you.
4. Find commonalities and try to create a connection with the recruiter. You can do this by talking about your hobbies or interests and have a casual conversation to break the ice.
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