4 Recruiter Don'ts Software Developers Need to Beware
By Kylee McIntyre03-Sep-2018Views 1320

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Don't let recruiter don'ts turn you into Grumpy Cat!

A post making the rounds on LinkedIn recently caught my eye - partially because, well, it was hilarious, and partially because Connor Clark-Lindh's LinkedIn correspondence partner is playing on a perceived lack of knowledge. How much do you, the candidate, have to invest in your search?

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Hiring companies are not modeling agencies. A big recruiter don't: offering things way outside of the job scope.

And how can that knowledge be exploited?

It's true that LinkedIn profiles with pictures get 14 times the number of views than those without, but it's not necessary that you throw a bunch of money into it - you can get hired just as well with a smartphone selfie.

Your trust is worth earning.

So, when you step into the job market, what are recruiters' job scopes really?

As a candidate, dealing with a recruiter can be daunting. At the end of the day, their jobs are in sales, and you and your skills are part of what they're selling. While the person with the right talent knowledge can help you find a great role fit, it's natural to to take everything they say with a grain of salt. That's okay. Your trust is worth earning.

At 100offer, we have a team that comes with decades' worth of experience all over the talent industry, particularly tech. Here's what they say a recruiter definitely should not be asking you to do.

1. Recruiters don't offer services other than recruiting

A recruiter is supposed to connect you with jobs, not offer any other service. You should not be paying the recruiter anything for their work, because you are not their client - the companies looking to hire are.

So if your recruiter comes to you looking to peddle headshot services, politely decline.

Since you are not the recruiter's client, you also should not be signing anything with the recruitment firm assigned to land you a job. When you sign your employment contract after receiving an offer, you should be signing with the company which extends the offer.

2. Recruiters don't disempower you in your job search

It's not a good sign if you don't feel in control of the situation with your recruiter. You get to say if and when the recruiter can hand over your profile to a client and if you want to accept an interview or not.

You also should be able to ask why a particular interview or role would be right for you. If it doesn't sound right, feel free to turn it down. Your recruiter should be able to explain to you why the interview is a value add to your professional life - don't be afraid to ask for more.

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Photo credit: Pexels.

3. Recruiters don't send you to interviews underprepared

When you do find an interview, you can do your own interview prep ( here are our tips for knocking your interview out of the park), but your recruiter should prepare you sufficiently. You should be going into it with some information about the company, the role, and enough information to show the hiring manager how you fit the job description.

4. Recruiters don't make you feel threatened - ever

Finally, your recruiter shouldn't force you to do anything. It's your career. You can always say no.


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Kylee McIntyre
American tech, science, health, and environmental writer. Lover of scifi, fantasy, travel, and coffee. Find her on Twitter @ejkyleem.
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