Struggling with your job search? What you can do to gain valuable feedback.
I was recently asked about what candidates can do when they experience a lag in the recruitment process by Connie Dorigan a fellow recruiter at Dorigan + Associates. I thought my audience would appreciate this job search information as well.
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Candidates may experience a lag in the recruitment process for a variety of reasons. When I’m recruiting a candidate who I really like and I find out that they are in the final stages with another company and/or are expecting an offer I work extra hard to speed up the process on my end. That said, be honest or it will backfire. I have literally watched candidates crumble in the process after telling a fib about other prospective jobs.
If you don’t hear back from a company, or in some cases, find that you are being bypassed by many companies after interviews, you could benefit from seeking feedback. Recruiters/hiring managers are very busy so this strategy of asking for feedback is not foolproof. It is more likely to work in the off chance that you catch them with a few minutes to spare. It’s a little bit like playing the lottery! Nonetheless, I recommend that candidates ask a recruiter for feedback in this way:
“I know you’re very busy so I won’t take up too much of your time. I am working extremely hard to find the right career opportunity and I could use your help. Based on our interaction during the recruitment process what’s one thing that I could do to improve my chances for future job prospects?”
Then, gracefully accept their feedback. DO NOT defend yourself (whether you agree or disagree with the feedback). Simply say, thank you for your honesty and the time you took to respond. Want some good karma and/or to leave a lasting impression? Send a handwritten thank you note after you receive their feedback. Want to take it one step further? Include a $5 Starbucks card for their time.
Good luck with your job search!
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Amy McGeachy is an HR Consultant & Professional Development Coach in Portland Metro Area. Amy is a certified HR Professional (PHR) through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a Certified Coach through the Coach Training Alliance (CTA) and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).