Monday, 17 August 2015

Conversations with Candidates

I asked a candidate that I hadn't spoken to before for an up to date CV. He emailed me back to ask me if "I thought I had anything that may be of interest to him". It's hard to say without knowing what he'd be doing recently, rate expectations, to know if he was looking for contract or a permanent role, geographical location he was looking for roles in (some people want jobs commutable from home, some want to relocate or work overseas). While a lot of candidates just want to know what jobs I have, I need a bit more information before I can do my best to help.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Conversations with Candidates

After emailing a candidate to advise them the role had gone I received this response. "Hi Sean, Thank you for getting back to me so quickly and for the quick response to the job opening. It is no problem and I really appreciate all the information you gave me. Have a good day, Kind Regards," The email I sent to him was a simple reply (took less than a minute) but candidates really do appreciate it. I'm not a religious person but "Do Unto Others" is a good Mantra in Recruitment.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Conversations with Clients

I always try to ask my client how many CVs they have for a role - If they have 20 and I send 2 then I have a 1 in 10 (10%) chance of a successful placement

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Conversations with Candidates

Conversations with Candidates Me - I'm calling to get an understanding of the kind of roles you're interested in hearing about at the moment... Candidate - What you got? Me - Sales Managers Job in Scotland, Supplier Quality Engineers job in the Midlands, Industrial Engineers jobs again in the Midlands.. Candidate - Anything in the South East? Me - I'm looking for a Logistics Manager in Kent? Candidate - Who's that with? Me - Why are you interested? Candidate - Nah - I'm alright where I am at the moment, can't see me wanting to leave for a while. Me - OK thanks for your time anyway Handy tip for Candidates - It's quicker to tell me about the kind of roles IF ANY that would be of interest to you rather than have me go through all of the roles I'm handling.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Email from a Candidate

Vacancies sometimes take longer than we would like to reach a conclusion. In the meantime leaving a voice mail to update a candidate is genuinely appreciated. This email below is testament to that; "Hi Sean. Many thanks for the continual updates, it's nice to deal with a decent recruiter. I'm out all day tomorrow as I have a minor operation to attend. I will be alive again Thursday, unless they slip... Once again thank you for your professionalism"

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Email from a Candidate

"Hello Sean, Even though I was unsuccessful, I appreciate the prompt feedback. If my background matches the requirements of any other of you current vacancies in your agency's portfolio please let me know, or, conversely if you can provide me with a link to your listed vacancies I can have a look and if the case I'll contact you back. Thank you nevertheless."

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Email From a Candidate

I get a lot of ad response, when I advertise roles (as I sometimes do) I try where possible to advise candidates that are unsuitable or sometimes if the role is currently at interview stage. I let them know "We've had a good response to our advertising (as it's been running for a few weeks now) and so far the client is in the process of holding interviews." and that if if "the candidates interviewed aren't successful then I'll revisit your application." To help where I can I recommend some suitable websites that the applicant may be able to try. Every so often I get a response back to say; "Hello Sean, Thank you for getting back in touch as most people do not bother to do so. I will give those websites a look and I hope you find a successful candidate, Jimmy" It's hard when you're searching for a job (as WE ALL KNOW from first hand experience) so I try to reply wherever possible.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Conversations with Candidate

Me - "Are you happy to work away from home? Stay in Digs Monday to Thursday and come home at the weekends?" Candidate - "I would consider it" Me - "We have a Contract in London" Candidate - "I wouldn't want to travel that far...." Me - "So would you prefer something within a commutable distance of home?" Candidate - "I would prefer that, Yes."

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Challenge With Job Descriptions

It turns out that after reviewing the Job Description with the Client that the Job Title will change, the required experience on the JD is different to the actual experience the Hiring Manager is going to be looking for when he reviews CVs and interviews, the qualifications would be nice to have "but experience is more important" and he thinks the salary band is too high. #AnotherDayInRecruitment