It has been too long, and since two brains are obviously better than one, Amy Ala and Will Thomson have decided to write together again. If you haven’t read our posts in the past you can read them here and here. Both of us have 20 years of recruiting experience and we are corporate recruiters for highly recognizable worldly renowned organizations. We are here to share our experiences and knowledge to help the candidate.

As corporate recruiters, we hear the misconceptions about who we are and what we do for a living. Unless you go through an agency or a third party vendor, you will work with a corporate recruiter when you find your next job. We wanted to set the record straight. We are the ones that will ultimately be the person who gives you your offer, so please take notes. Here are 10 things you probably don’t know about corporate recruiters and you SHOULD.

  1. 1. We Want The BEST person for the Job– There is no magical secret here. We have clients. Our clients are our hiring managers. We want to make sure that the person being hired will not only do the job, but better the organization. This means you have to have the right culture fit, the right attitude,and the right experience. If you aren’t hired, you may not have one of these characteristics.
  2. We WILL Remember You – We may not remember every detail about you, but we are known for having steel trap minds. If you make an impression on us, and you don’t get the job- we will track you down when we have another opportunity.  If we switch companies, we will STILL remember you. Our networks are among the largest in the world and it is in your best interest to leave a good impression. We truly want to see you succeed.
  3.  We ARE NOT on Commission– There are some corporate recruiters that get paid a commission, but the majority of us are base and bonus. If we place 3 people or 300, our salary is the same. Believe us when we say it. It is in our interest to close out the position. Agency Recruiters and 3rd Party recruiters get paid for each person they place. We do not.
  4. We Know Way More Than You Think – We have been preaching this for a long time and writing it in almost every blog we write, but it is so true. If you think you can hide something from us, think again. We network like crazy, we do extensive backgrounds, we drug test, we read blogs, and we search social media.   We know or can find out, so just be honest.
  5.  We Can Not Change The Rules– We are employed by a company. There are policies and procedures. No matter how much we like them or dislike them, they are what they are and more often than not, we can’t do much to change them. Yes, there are exceptions, but we only want to use that card every once in a while. Just play the game. Do what we ask. You are more likely to get hired.
  6. We Want To Be Your Advocate – Contrary to popular belief, we never want to keep you from a hiring manager. So many applicants are encouraged to bypass “HR”, and to be honest this has us completely befuddled. As we said before, it’s in our best interest to fill the role quickly and with a great candidate. If you’re a great candidate, and you’re available, why on earth would we try to come between you and the hiring manager?
  7. We Want You To Partner With Us – Let’s face it – we know recruiting, and by extension sales & marketing. If a role is especially technical or outside of our area of expertise, we are going to rely on YOU to help us sell you to the hiring managers. Amy will be the first one to admit she knows just enough to application development and big data to be dangerous. Don’t be afraid to talk to us in layman’s terms about your accomplishments, and help us frame your candidacy in a way that the hiring manager can see how you’re the solution to their open position problem.
  8.  We CAN Influence (For BETTER or WORSE) – Do you know why interview experts advise you to be nice to the receptionist?  The reason is because the manager may ask how you behaved in the lobby.  They may want to know how you act when you aren’t in “interview mode”.  Recruiters also have conversations. We are able to sway an on-the-fence hiring manager by encouraging them to take a chance on a candidate OR NOT.
  9.  …But It’s Not Our Call – We don’t make the hiring decision. Ultimately and unfortunately, it’s not within our power  to decide who gets hired. We can facilitate introductions, persuade, and advocate for you, but the hiring decision is not ours to make. The hiring manager or a pannel will make that call.
  10.  We Know Other Recruiters –The biggest myth of all is connecting with a recruiter means we are ONLY  useful when it comes to finding a role at our current organization. Here’s the truth – Will and Amy work in completely different industries for very different companies, yet one of the first things we do when we have a new role is tap our network. Our network is full of other recruiters we know and trust.  We do talk to each other!  DAILY

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