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
There is a lot of talk these days about it being “a candidate driven market” and there being a “war for talent”. With that in mind, you can imagine my surprise when yesterday I was informed that a candidate would not accept a very appealing role with a global telecommunications business due to the treatment they had received during the interview process.
In our industry many first round interviews are conducted by telephone. Usually this might be a line manager wanting to ask some basic questions to sound out the candidate and to see if it’s going to be a good investment of both parties time taking it forward to a face to face. Generally they might be looking for the following in the call:
I heard from a contractor (Solution Architect) last week that after 12 months with a large Telecoms operator he was leaving as he could not get his contract extension organised in time. He had given them plenty of warning but within the last 7 days of his contract he was approached by another agency about a contract role and decided to take it.
It’s Friday evening and I am currently travelling back from Brussels on a very busy Eurostar. My working day is far from over so I am very relieved to find that I have a table to work on. My 02 daily travel allowance has been exhausted – largely due to need to download a few e-mail attachments to start working on urgently. I did notice that the 3G network coverage in the Brussels metro flipped across all 3 main mobile network providers (Mobistar, Proximus and Base) and there didn’t appear to be any black spots. Impressive!
For most people they have just come back from an extended break over the festive period and after a weekend how to you beat the Monday morning blues?
According to media reports, you'd need something like €580 million to secure the transfer of Barcelona star and FIFA footballer of the year, Lionel Messi, to your team. The big stars - and the rising ones - command far less in the telecoms world, of course. But aside from the salary, it's possible to fail to hire someone outstanding because of something basic: You don't talk about yourself enough.