Angie pointed me to an old (circa 1999) FastCompany”:http://www.fastcompany.com/ interview (circa 1999) with Nick Corcodilos author of Ask the HeadHunter: Reinventing the Interview to Win the Job . There is a lot of hype (should play well for candidates this go around), but the article does provide some great insight on the recruiting dance.
- Your resume is meaningless
- Go to HR – and get lost!
- The real matchmaking takes place before the interview.
- Don’t study for the interview – practice doing the job.
- The shocking truth: The employer wants to hire you.
- It’s not an interview – it’s your first day of work.
- To win an offer, do the job.
- Got an offer? Interview the company.
I am continually amazed at the number of headhunters that contact me to post jobs in the Canadian UX jobs section, without bothering to read the context or content of the job postings. First, recruiters are welcome to contact me to publish jobs for their clients. Second, please make sure that the job isn’t currently listed. Third, include the name of the client. While this does allow potential candidates to go around the recruiter, all of the application information will be for the recruiter. It is also the beginning of a trust relationship with potential candidates. So by saying you’re not willing to provide the name of the client, it leads me to believe that you don’t trust me, therefore I shouldn’t trust you. It’s a karma thing, if you find the job from a recruiter, please use the recruiter to apply!