A recruiter is looking to be on your side. Whenever you’re sitting down with a recruiter, you’re being presented with an opportunity for a better career future. While it’s always best to be honest in these situations, it isn’t always best to volunteer a little more than your recruiter wants to hear. Don’t let a big break slip away from you by talking a little too much.
1. “I put that on my resume.”
Recruiters see a lot of resumes. They haven’t memorized yours. If your recruiter is asking you questions that you’ve already answered on paper, answer them again. You know what your resume says, and all you need to do is politely reiterate that information when a question comes up.
- “Here’s everything I hated about my old boss.”
It’s a well-known fact that people will quit even the best jobs if their bosses are insufferable. If you’re asked about your old boss directly and you don’t have anything nice to say, it’s best to leave it at “we had differing opinions” or “our working styles weren’t compatible.” Speaking ill of a former boss makes the situation uncomfortable.
- “I really don’t like doing that.”
We all have job duties we don’t like – that’s just a part of life. Don’t start complaining about these duties before they’ve even been awarded to you. You aren’t going to find a job that’s nothing but fun all the time, even if it’s a great position.
- “I was going to take a vacation soon.”
If you already have a vacation scheduled, tell the recruiter the moment you know. Don’t wait until the last minute to bring something up. An ill-timed vacation can disrupt the entire flow of the process.
- “What other jobs do you have?”
If you aren’t interested in the position described, don’t waste your recruiter’s time. You should know right away what job is going to be discussed, and if you already don’t believe you’ll be interested, politely express that before things even get started.
- “I hate my current company (or hated the one I came from)”
If you’re so quick to speak negatively of the company you came from, how does the recruiter know you won’t be just as eager to badmouth the company you’re about to work for? It translates as unprofessional. It’s okay to dislike your former company, but don’t discuss that with professionals looking to recruit you.
- “I don’t know about transportation (or childcare) yet, but I’ll figure it out”
Sometimes, it takes a while to work out prohibitive issues that surround your work life. You should have a tentative solution before you sit with a recruiter. Not knowing how you’ll get back and forth to work or who will be supervising your children while you’re gone will make you come across as unprofessional.
- “Here’s what you need to do to work around me.”
If you’re already providing your recruiter with a schedule that would require everyone else to change their plans, it becomes apparent that you aren’t willing to be a team player. You may have things that come up in the future that will require schedule changes, but wait until you’ve secured the position.
- “Sorry, I was late / Sorry, I need to leave.”
Unless you have a legitimate emergency, you should arrive on time and expect to stay for the duration. Get there early, and don’t make other appointments that may conflict with your scheduled time.
- “I don’t have anything to ask you.”
A lack of questions for your recruiter may make it appear as though you’re uninterested in what’s being said to you. If you’re ever unsure of what to ask, you can always ask about the future of the company and what they attend to achieve in the long term.
Above all else, avoid giving the impression that you have a negative or anxious attitude about the situation. Before you sit with your recruiter, take a few deep breaths and make sure you’re wearing your most comfortable professional clothes.
Corinne Ledling is a businesswoman who’s very passionate about her job. She’s a Content Manager at Bizstats.co.uk and loves to share career tips and tricks and her work experience.