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7 Ways NOT to Impress a Recruiter

7 Ways NOT to Impress a Recruiter
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Earlier this year I wrote a post called How to Impress a Recruiter which was wildly popular.

It was a story about how someone used Twitter, blogs, and research to help a person stand out from other candidates.

As a recruiter, it is not easy to knock my socks off.

I really appreciate someone who goes the extra mile when looking for a job. All recruiters do.

It is a highly competitive market and recruiters are looking for “something special” that will give an edge over other candidates.

I have been asked routinely to do a follow up to that blog.

What should candidates not do? What are some routine mistakes that I see candidates make which is effecting their chances of getting that job?

There are so many things that candidates can do to improve their chances of getting a job.

I thought it would be best if I listed them out. The truth is these things should be reviewed and re-reviewed because as a candidate you probably have done these things at some point in your career.


1. Candidates Talk too Much

There is nothing more exhausting to me than when a candidate talks and talks and really doesn’t give the recruiter a second to interject.

When recruiters talk to candidates, they don’t have a ton of time to chit- chat about what you did 10 years ago.

They want to know the highlights of your career.

To hear about a project that you worked on for 15 minutes makes a recruiter want to hang up the phone.

Find out what the recruiter is interested in and talk to that point.

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Will Thomson is the Global Sales and Marketing Recruiter for Rosetta Stone and has worked for companies such as Dell, eBay, Balfour, and Rainmaker Systems. He has recruited some of the most sought after talent around the globe, and is a regular blogger for the recruitment industry. He writes bi-monthly for Blogging4jobs and RecruitingDaily and monthly for The Recruiters Lounge. He is a featured blogger and on the editorial committee for RecruitingBlogs and he has guest blogged regularly for Social- Hire and Work4Labs. His writings have been recognized by Blogging4Jobs, The Carnival of HR, ChristopherDeMers, Smashfly, Jibe, Social Hire, YouTern, and Take the Interview, as some of the best blogs written in the industry. Bullseye Recruiting is syndicated through Business2Community and some of his most recognized blogs have been picked up by Monster, Yahoo, and YouTern, ERE, and Job.com. In June 2014, he will appear in TopRecruiter as one of the top 50 movers and shakers in the recruitment Industry. Will wants you to hit the bull’s eye. He gives career advice to help others find their dream job and everyday happiness. Will truly wants you to get the job right, the first time.

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