Things That Recruiters Won’t Tell You But You Must Know

You’ve submitted your resume to the job recruiter and you’ve got a call from the recruiter for an interview with the organization that you want to work for. This is where the real process begins. They were impressed enough with your resume and want to talk to you, but you could lose your chance of getting hired before you even make it through the first question. There are some things that you should keep in mind during the interview process in order to make it to either a second interview or a job offer.

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Be on Time

If you show late for an interview, you will most likely be automatically discounted as a viable future employee for the position you are there to interview for. Employers don’t want to hear excuses for why you were late; they want you there on time. Check traffic and weather conditions, and give yourself extra time to make it to the interview.

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Pay Attention to Your Appearance

Make sure you arrive dressed for the position you are interviewing for and looking professional. Don’t show up looking disheveled, in wrinkled clothes, or wearing over powering perfume or cologne. Ensure that your hair is professionally looking, your body odor is under control, and pop a breath mint before going in to the interview.


Non-verbal Communication Speaks Volumes

During the interview process, the interviewers pay attention to your body language. Your handshake, your eye contact, how much you shift in your seat, your hand motions, and even facial twitches are all being watched and evaluated by those who are conducting the interview. Your handshake should be firm, not too loose, not too tight. Your eye contact should be direct, but not stare down. Your posture should be upright and confident; yet, natural at the same time. You body motion should be natural.

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Pay Attention to Your Verbal Communication

Those interviewing you pay attention to things such as long pauses, how much you say words like “um”, “uh”, “like”, or if you use profanity, slang, or your speech is too casual, it’s likely that you will not get the position.

Research the Company and Ask Educated Questions

You should know the company that you applied for and specifically the details of the position. Do research on the company, know their mission or vision statement, and know the company’s background. Ensure you know detailed information about the position itself. When given the opportunity to ask questions, ensure that they are educated questions about the position on the company itself. Show passion for the position and show enthusiasm about the interview without overdoing it.


Follow Up

While it is recommended that you send a thank you, follow-up note, two or three days after your interview, don’t start calling obsessively to ask about how the interview went or if you are going to get a call back. Recruiters do not have the time to answer these questions or deal with these phone calls. Odds are, if you haven’t heard anything back, you probably didn’t get the position.


There are many reasons that you may have not received a job that you have applied for. One obvious reason is that there was a more qualified candidate for the position, but there are other reasons that you may not have got the position and these reasons are the ones that the recruiters won’t tell you. It is for this reason that you should know that these things that recruiters won’t say.

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Author bio: Ben has been hired by to work as a consultant and help MBA students with an admission process. One of his articles published recently is on how to write a MBA admissions essay.

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