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Interviewing With a Recruitment Agency

10015034_mDuring your job search it can be beneficial to sign up to a recruitment agency to help you find employment. There are a variety that you can send your CV template to – from specialist and niche recruiters to more general/admin companies. Either way it is likely that you will need to go through an interview process with them.

Recruitment interviews are slightly different to job interviews. You are not actually going to an interview and competing for a role within a company. You are attending to increase your chances of employment and to raise your profile.

Telephone Interview
After you have completed your CV writing you will be in a position to email it (and a cover letter) to the recruitment company of your choice. A recruiter will then usually email you back or call you to conduct a brief telephone interview. At this stage they may invite you to their offices to formally register and have a face to face interview.

Face to Face Interview
When you arrive at the recruitment offices you may be asked to fill out some forms. If it is a temping agency they may ask for more details as they could be looking to get you on their books straight away. After you have registered they will begin a brief interview. Here are some tips on recruitment company interviews:

  • Be punctual: Don’t be late. This recruiter could potentially find you employment but they won’t take you seriously as a candidate if you turn up late to meetings. Remember – it’s in their interest for you to be an exceptional candidate as much as it is in yours so ensure you start off on the right foot.
  • Take your CV: Although you have emailed this you should take a copy for reference.
  • Refresh your memory: Ensure you know your professional CV inside out before you go. The recruiter is likely to ask about individual job roles and responsibilities so knowing your own work history is essential.
  • Don’t lie: During some job interviews you may feel the need to embellish. But if you do this during a recruitment company interview this could be detrimental to your application. For instance, if you exaggerate qualifications or experience, the recruiter will inevitably find out and will not want to forward you for any future applications. It’s important to remember that recruitment relationships need longevity – you won’t necessarily find employment immediately through a recruitment company so you need to stay in contact for a while. Do not do anything to jeopardise this.
  • Be honest: Be truthful about your salary expectations and the location you want to work in. If you are not completely truthful a recruiter will put you forward for roles that you might ultimately turn down.
  • Ask questions: Ensure you ask the recruiter for any tips on job hunting. Why not ask them if there are currently any opportunities they are working on that might be relevant for you? If so, asked to be considered.

While recruitment interviews are a valuable part of the job hunting process, you need to be patient. It may take months to find a role that is right for you but this is certainly an effective way of finding new opportunities.