How to Prepare for an Interview

You’ve landed an interview with a Recruiter, now what? Job seekers sometimes feel anxious before meeting with a staffing firm because they aren’t always applying for a specific job at a specific company. This type of open-ended meeting might make it seem harder to prepare and leave you asking, “What should I bring?” or “What do I wear?” Here are a few tips to guide you as you prepare for your interview with a Recruiter.

Dress the way you would for a true job interview when you meet with a Recruiter

You want the interview with your Recruiter to leave lasting impression for all the right reasons, so dress to impress. If your industry requires you wear a suit and tie to work, wear a suit and tie when you meet the Recruiter. This will be an opportunity for the Recruiter to see what you define as “professional” attire so that he or she will know how you will present yourself at a client interview.

Be honest with yourself, so that you can be honest with your Recruiter

The purpose of meeting with a Recruiter is so that he or she can get to know you, beyond the bullets on your resume. If you speak candidly during the meeting about concrete goals and passions, there will be less room for misinterpretation. Your Recruiter’s job is to gather the information you share, the details on your resume and the feedback from your references to represent you to his/her clients. Preparing for your interview by considering the following will help your Recruiter make the right match:

– Consider the various aspects of taking a job: salary, benefits, location, title, culture – what are your priorities and where can you be flexible? Don’t be too flexible! This is the opportunity to tell your Recruiter what will truly make you happy and give them a target to work towards.

– In regards to company culture, be sure to not only talk about your ideal scenario, but be clear about working environments that have not benefited you in the past.

What is temp to perm?

Many firms work on a range of job types including temp, contract, temp to hire and direct hire. Your Recruiter might ask if you’re open to a variety of job types and understanding what each means will allow you to provide an educated answer. Research the benefits of temp to hire. An added perk of being open to varying job types, is that you may get to meet more than one Recruiter at the firm. Who wouldn’t want to have several matchmakers in their corner?

Bring a printed copy of your resume when you meet with a Recruiter

It sounds simple and straightforward, because it is. This is one of the easiest ways to score points with your new Recruiter.

Help your Recruiter help you

This next tip doesn’t really qualify as “prep,” but more “follow-up.” After your meeting, the goal is that your Recruiter will send you open jobs. When they do, you have to hold up your end of the bargain. Don’t say “yes” to taking next steps before researching the company and the role so that you can be thoughtful when deciding whether to pursue it. Remember, not every opportunity your Recruiter presents will be the perfect fit, and that’s OK! When you find “the one,” all your efforts will be worth it.

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Allie Basilica
Allie Basilica

Allie Basilica is the Director of Integrations at Atrium. She also has a passion for helping candidates navigate the social media space and uncover new ways for them to connect with potential employers and professional communities.