The 5 things recruiters really want from candidates


So you’ve been lucky enough to be contacted by a Recruiter via SHORTLIST, from a personal recommendation or even through a social media profile. What next? What are they really looking for from this new connection and why could it be great for your career?

Let’s look at The 5 Things Recruiters Really Want From Candidates:

Honesty
This has always and will always be the most important thing a recruiter needs from a candidate. Say yes to the wrong job because you’re desperate and they look like they don’t know what they’re doing. Be confident to say what you want, what you are prepared to do, and what you are capable of and everyone gets to do the right job.

Commitment
If a recruiter has championed you to one of their clients, they will expect the same commitment to the job from you. Remember, the recruiter probably has a long standing relationship with the company, as well as a network of other businesses, so if you don’t commit to the job, then it may be the last in that area.

Network
One reason Recruiters have contacted you is because they think you’ll work well for their client, but also for them. If you are a good placement, this reflects well on them and will hopefully secure them continued business. Prove them right, and you’ll hold even more power with them when it comes to choosing your next job.

Recruiters need you to succeed, make the most of it!

Communication
If you are not happy in your new role, and you were totally honest from the start, then tell your recruiter. It is part of their job to handle the situation, and will most likely help you resolve it. If they go to your new employer with a new candidate already ready to go, then the situation is already partly resolved.

Vision
Go to recruiters with a plan. Know what you want for your career and they can make their placements with confidence. The further forward you can look, the better they can help you achieve it. What’s more, recruiters want people with ambition because they can sell that to employers. For any business to grow, they need people who want to grow too.


Any meaningful relationship works both ways. So if you are open and honest from the start and represent yourself as best as possible throughout, then you greatly improve your chances of finding the right job. It’s a small world and if you’re not totally honest about what you want and what you can do, then everyone will soon know!

Good luck!


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