Working with a recruiter is like joining a dating site: Honesty really is the best policy. Lying on your dating website profile may get you a date with a supermodel, but it will almost certainly end very quickly and you will never hear from them again. It is a similar story with recruitment.
Be honest with yourself
It may sound obvious but knowing what you are looking for is the first step to finding the role which is perfect for you. Spend some time thinking about why you want to change jobs, what you want from the next step in your career and where you see yourself in the future. Recruiters will need all this information to know which roles and which companies might be suitable for you.
Be honest about your expectations
If you are looking for a role with opportunities for advancement or a role that will allow you to work remotely, say so. Be honest about your salary expectations. Remember that if a recruiter thinks you will not consider a role that pays less than a certain amount, they will not bring it to your attention no matter how perfect it may be. Give your recruiter a salary range from your desired salary to the minimum you would accept for the perfect role.
Be honest about your priorities
What matters most to you when considering a new role? It doesn’t matter if it is remuneration, benefits or working within 15 minutes of your home, tell your recruitment consultant. The more information you give on precisely what you are looking for, the better your chances of finding the perfect role.
Be honest about your skills and experience
Mention all relevant skills and experience without ‘exaggerating’. The most important thing is that you find a role that you can fulfil; not being entirely honest about your capabilities can have disastrous consequences further down the line. On the other hand, understating your skills could lead to you being under stimulated and unfulfilled by your job.
Recruiters are essentially matchmakers, matching individuals with roles that not only fit their experience, skills and salary expectations but also their personality and broader career goals. They are your partners and you need to be honest with them to get the most out of the process and ensure you find a job that offers everything you need.
Source: Vine 15