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There may be good examples to share on
how you managed your career through tur-
bulent times or upheld your end of a bargain
when the other side didn't. Many admirable
traits can be described in the stories of our
PAST HISTORY NOT ON
Sometimes, omitted information on the
resume has the best gems of your past to
share. Many job seekers are coached to leave
old information off resumes to avoid age bias.
If you do this, you may want to verbally share
these experiences in an interview with the
recruiter. There may be a strong link to their
client (a skill, a common customer or vendor,
even a colleague) that you can leverage during
an interview. A recruiter may be able to sift
through your past and determine what would
be valuable to share.
AVAILABILITY TO INTERVIEW
Don't answer "anytime" when asked your
availability to interview if that's not the case.
It's great to be flexible, but if you can't inter-
view on certain days or times, it's fine to share
that. Most recruiters will work with your
schedule and their clients' to find a time that
works for both of you. Most hiring
managers/interviewers respect the fact that
you are not available at a moment's notice.
If they don't, reconsider interviewing alto-
It's true that most of this is common sense.
Just follow the simple code that "honesty is
the best policy," and the process will run much
smoother. Some job seekers still ignore this
advice and forget that the world is a small
place. Many recruiters are networked together,
and you never know who might end up being
a good or bad reference for you in the future.
Be professional and you'll be treated like one.
Just about everybody loves getting a surprise
party held for them, or even just receiving a sur-
prise gift or breakfast in bed. But surprises in the
recruiting world may not be appreciated.
I've often written about keeping the external recruiter
you are working with informed on all aspects of your
job search or engagement with one of their clients.
Clarity on this point is important, so I'd like to share
more examples of surprises (or lack of communication)
that can derail your chances of landing a job while
working with a recruiter.
Just the other day, I had a contractor agree on a range
for his rate before presenting him to my client. Whether
a recruiter shares that information with the hiring com-
pany (and you are entitled to ask about it), he or she
has validated that the candidate is "in range" of the
In this case, after rolling through the interviews and
getting asked to join the team, the contractor changed
his rate. This kind of last-minute maneuvering should
have some justification (for example, more travel than
originally told, more responsibility, etc.). Just wanting
more money is not a good answer. This makes the can-
didate and the recruiter look bad.
CURRENT JOB SITUATION
If your current employer will likely present a count-
er-offer to keep you when you tell them you're leaving,
you need to account for this while interviewing. By
assuming that they'll give you a raise to stay or maybe
even a promotion, you can better calibrate the job (and
pay) you should be targeting. In essence, you need to
already have worked out that you'll leave if offered the
If you suddenly back out of an offer made by a
recruiter's client, this is bad in many ways beyond
ticking off the recruiter and the hiring company. More
on this: Encountering the Counter Offer.
PHYSICAL ABILITY TO DO THE JOB
When applying for jobs that you know will require
certain physical abilities (lifting heavy objects, climbing
ladders, perfect vision), you need to be honest with all
parties involved. Sometimes recruiters don't get a chance
to meet you in person.
If you mislead the recruiter to get to the interview
stage, it is a waste of time for everyone involved and
will only end in bad relationships if you can't do the
DEPARTURE FROM PAST JOBS
Knowing this can be a sensitive area, it is often best
to share background with the recruiter and ask how to
address this with his or her client. Your past may include
unique circumstances where the recruiter can coach
you on how to present your job history.
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