As a recruiter I talk with a lot of people on a daily basis, primarily over the phone. It’s no question though, that the most effective form of communication is when you are face-to-face. Although I work our remote market, I am lucky to be able to travel to Iowa frequently where I have the opportunity to meet both our clients and candidates. Some of those face-to-face meetings have definitely gone better than others so my hope is that this blog will provide some ways you can ensure that your face-to-face meeting goes without incident – whether you’re a candidate or a client.
The interviews we conduct with our candidates are highly important because they are how we gather information to best sell your background to a potential employer.
- Treat the interview like you would a real interview. Not only is this our chance to learn more about you, but it is our best chance to gauge how you might interview with our clients. The way you present yourself – negatively or positively – is what we are going to share with our clients.
- Dress appropriately. Dress like you would dress if you were interviewing with one of our clients or for a position that you sourced on our own.
- We understand that you may have gone on countless interviews in your past, but please ask questions and be open to constructive criticism. We know exactly what our clients are looking for in terms of communication style and presentation and we are tailoring our feedback to be specific to a particular opportunity.
Our face-to-face meetings with our clients are also important. While we are able to learn a lot from a detailed phone conversation there are pieces that we miss because we’ve never been to your workplace.
- Ensure that you’re setting ample time aside for a quality meeting with your recruiter. We all have busy schedules, but if you rush through a meeting with us we sometimes assume that is how your interview style will be, too.
- Take your recruiter on a tour of your facility. Questions we get frequently from our candidates revolve around the culture of an organization. The best way for us to address those is to see your office in action for ourselves.
- Introduce us to your team! Making sure you get the right culture fit in a candidate is huge, and the best way for us to know who might fit in nicely with your workplace is to meet the individuals your new hire will be working alongside.
For more information on how to conduct the most effective meetings, specifically interviews, from both a client and candidate perspective, check out our interview tips.
Casey has been with Aureus Group since November of 2016 and currently serves as an Account Manager for the accounting and finance team, working the Kansas City market. She has fours years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry, and holds a bachelor’s of science in speech communication. She recently relocated to the Omaha area and is enjoying life with her new husband and their two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys working on their new home, attending concerts, and exploring her new city.