The Value That Recruiters Bring To Candidates
The benefits that recruiters bring to businesses are abundant, but what about all the key ways recruiters bring value to candidates in the process of securing a new role?
Recruiters spend a long time learning about the company they are recruiting for and discussing their needs as well as what they can offer before reaching out to candidates.
Moreover, recruiters communicate directly with the HR or hiring manager, thus gaining a lot of insight about their client’s culture. With all that background knowledge as well as taking into an account aspects such as the responsibilities, the team dynamics, the budget and so on, recruiters can start searching for the most relevant candidates while armed with all the right knowledge.
Here are the top five things that you as a candidate will benefit from when working with a recruiter.
- Saving time In a lot of cases, similar titles rarely mean identical responsibilities. However, recruiters know the exact skillset that a business is looking for in a candidate. That is why, after speaking with a candidate, recruiters are able to identify whether they would be a good match for the position or not. What’s the benefit for the candidate? Well, if they are lacking a particular skill, the recruiters will disclose that and save them precious time which they could use to apply for a position that will be better suited to them.
- Disclosing “top-secret” info In most cases recruiters know the HR Manager or Hiring Manager personally, so they are able to share details about their interview style and personality with the candidate. By sharing this information prior to your upcoming interview, recruiters give you better chances to swim in those unfamiliar waters. You will be better prepared to communicate effectively and respond adequately. Recruiters can also help you steer the interview conversation in a beneficial direction by pointing out what the interviewer is most interested to know about you. Invaluable, right?!
- Salary negotiations Recruiters receive continuous training in sales and negotiations, so they are well-prepared to handle the tricky business of securing a salary that you would be happy with. Bear in mind, recruiters always have your financial interests in mind and will strive to secure the highest possible package for you. They are also in a position to educate the company as to what is the best salary range for your level.
- Someone who is there to hear your concerns During an interview process, anything can happen and it’s only natural that you might experience insecurities about the business, the team, the working conditions and so on. If you share your concerns directly with the interviewers, this might unintentionally create an unfavourable outlook on you and raise more concerns on their side as to your commitment to the process and the role. However, recruiters are there to not only listen to your concerns but also to work behind the scenes and try to clarify them for you, so that you feel confident and satisfied with everything.
- Career advisor Apart from recruiting you for a specific job, recruiters who are knowledgeable about the industry they work in can help you take important career decisions. They are in a position to share details about the development opportunities on your career path, they can educate you on “best companies” to work for and they can point you towards a colleague who can open the doors for your dream role.