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5 Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You

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Thanks again to Mint Resumes for this great post. I laughed when I read this as it’s something that I could definitely relate to with my 4+ years of experience in this field.

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about how recruiters work and their role in a candidate’s job search. Many of us aren’t entirely clear about how to work with recruiters. But we are clear that a recruiter who detests you can stop your progress.

Here’s an idea. What if you knew five things that would make a recruiter hate you – I mean things that really irritate them – and you didn’t do them? Wouldn’t that speed up your search by eliminating a stumbling block? You bet it would.

Here they are:

1. Act as if you’re the only person they’re in contact with

Everyone knows that the way to get a recruiter’s attention is to monopolize their time, call frequently to make sure they’re on the job for you, and act as if their job is to get you a job, because it is, right?

Wake up. Recruiters are hired by companies to find the best candidates and help their client (the company) fill important positions more easily. I’ve said it before and here it is again – recruiters work for the companies that hire them.

Yes, they can’t get those candidates without having a huge contact list. Yes, you might be the right person for one of the positions they’ve got to fill. Yes, smart recruiters are very nice to work with.

But no, your helpful phone calls and pushy attitude won’t endear you.

The right way to do it is view the recruiter as an extension of the company. They’re the first screen. The recruiter can let you through the gate, but you’ve got to do more than that. You’ve got to give them a reason to champion your candidacy, not just support it.

Tell your story so well that the recruiter is excited about representing you to the company. When I worked with one of the best recruiters in Silicon Valley, she took extra care to get details from the top candidate that she knew would smooth the way for them.

2. Misunderstand your relationship with the recruiter

It’s great to develop a meaningful relationship with a recruiter. The last one you met was like your best friend – your sister, even. You could tell her everything – and did. The job didn’t work out, but, like, you’re buds, right?

Wrong. A recruiter may be friendly, but they are not your friend. You have a symbiotic relationship with them. Together and aligned, you can make wonderful things happen. To do that, be clear that they’re not a relative or friend.

You help the recruiter pay her mortgage, buy gas and put shoes on her children’s feet. But only if you have the skills to do the job and the social ability to fit into the work team and the company.

Don’t call the recruiter at midnight when your boyfriend dumps you. Don’t let them know that you just liquidated your 401K so that you won’t lose your house. Keep the conversation focused on the one thing that is important – being engaged in the process that leads you – step by step – to convince the people in the hiring company that you are the candidate they should make the offer to. Never forget that what you tell the recruiter will be circulated to the hiring company.

Finally, the recruiter is not your therapist.

3. Act as if they work for you

You’re bringing money to the recruiter because they get a huge commission with every placement – in fact, they’re swimming in cash. The more you think about it, you’re really the boss.

Sure. Believe that and call me immediately because I’ve just marked down the Brooklyn Bridge.

What the recruiter earns is none of your business. But for the record, companies are being more and more difficult with how much and the way recruiters are paid than ever before. Recruiting isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s time consuming, the clients are often tough to work with because they need someone excellent yesterday, and they have to sell the client on the top candidate.

Whoa! The recruiter has to sell the client? Yeah. It’s a shock, but there it is. The best recruiters know the people at their client company well, their likes and dislikes. Even though these are smart execs and managers, they want the recruiter to agree with them that Cal Montana is a great move for them – and for the company.

4. Lie

It’s no problem not to tell a recruiter the truth. They’ll never know and there’s no harm in it. Your friend Steve did it, got a great job offer and is working at the company of his dreams.

Lying to a recruiter is the same as lying to the hiring company. No matter when you do it, you’re placing your candidacy at risk. Don’t do it. Ever.

I’ve seen candidates who became employees fired more than ten years after the lie was told. Nothing will be worth it.

5. Be difficult and inconsiderate

You’re doing the recruiter a favor by helping them get their commission. And really, they should be taking your side on this little dispute with the company. So you said you’d call them yesterday and didn’t, so what? They’ll get over it when they get their check.

Attitude is important. In fact, even with more than the desired skills, if the recruiter doesn’t see you getting along well with interviewers and living up to your commitments, you’ll be toast.

They won’t get over it – they’ll get over you.

Every contact with the recruiter is an opportunity to prove that you’re a respectful, bright, capable person who will fit in and do the job. Don’t let yourself be lulled into complacency. A recruiter who sees a candidate unable to step up to the challenges of the hiring process will find a way to axe that person. Recruiters don’t win with clients when the candidate doesn’t stick and isn’t successful. You don’t have anything until you’ve started the job and completed the probation period. It’s critical to do your best all the time.

One candidate I worked with who was in the lead for a great job lost out because she wouldn’t agree to the title the company proposed. Know the ‘make or break’ and be aware of what you want vs. what you need.

I agree with all of the above EXCEPT the ‘swimming in money’ part (not all of us hehe).


Written by recruiterinkorea

November 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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  1. Thanks for including me in your blogroll – and for your kudos on the post.

    Yes, not all recruiters are ‘swimming in money,’ which is exactly why candidates need to ignore thoughts about headhunter compensation. To a candidate, it’s irrelevant.

    Marsha Keeffer

    November 23, 2009 at 5:38 am

    • Exactly. All that should matter to a candidate is that they are going to get placed with all the expectations that the recruiter reported met.


      November 23, 2009 at 10:35 am

  2. Ill keep those things in mind. I don’t know if you interview people as well as recruit, but can you give me some advice on how to get around the fact that I don’t have teaching experience or experience with handling large groups of children in the interview? I get along great with kids, but have never had a job in that field. Thanks.


    November 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    • Tom you can check out my post here regarding ‘selling’ yourself (for a lack of a better word). Experience never hurts but don’t sell yourself short! Do you have younger siblings or relatives? Take some pics with them and send them in.


      November 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm

      • Good point. I didn’t know YBM taught children also. I sent them my resume and they got back to me right away. I have sent out my resume to about 4 or 5 recruiters and none have been very prompt until now. That’s a good sign. I have heard good and bad things about the company, but it really all seems to depend on the individual school.


        November 24, 2009 at 6:05 am

      • Yes, take everything you read on the forums with a grain of salt. Every school will have its good and bad points and no one is only going to say the good things about a particular school.


        November 24, 2009 at 9:56 am

  3. […] I’ve mentioned in many of my posts the types of candidates that piss recruiters off the most here, here, here, here, and […]

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