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How Can Candidates Effectively Work with a Recruiter?

Working with an accounting recruiter in this competitive market can greatly increase the speed and efficiency of your search, allowing you to land your ideal job with as little hassle as possible. If you are working with a search professional, these tips will help you make the most out of your experience.

Approach the Relationship as a Partnership

A search professional will work closely with you throughout the process, and it’s important that you trust one another completely. First and foremost, communicate with the recruiter honestly and transparently. You should also make sure your resume is as accurate and truthful as possible. This is an important part of transparency. Take a proactive approach in the process by identifying companies that may interest you and emailing the search professional jobs that you see that you would like them to check into. Be sure to provide honest feedback about your interest and other activity to help manage the interview process and to help you get an offer if you are interested in a job. This will also help the recruiter in screening other jobs going forward based on your communication.

Respond to Emails Promptly

You should make yourself readily available when your recruiter contacts you. Try to respond to calls and emails from them within 24 hours. The window of opportunity is often very short in the accounting field. If you don’t act quickly, you could lose out on a job opportunity. Plus, if you take too long to reply, the recruiter might get the impression that you’re not interested in the opportunity. Also update your recruiter if your employment status changes, otherwise they will assume you are still open to a new opportunity, even if you don’t speak for a while.

Let Your Recruiter Help You through the Interview Process

Your recruiter has inside information about the different companies in the accounting space. Make yourself available for preparation sessions. They can help you prepare for the interview and maximize your chances of making a great first impression. It’s also critical to arrive on time to interviews. Hiring managers will see tardiness as a major red flag. After each interview, contact your recruiter. They can give you constructive feedback and help you figure out how to proceed from there. Another thing to consider is that the opportunities your recruiter presents to you are not always advertised publicly. You should keep information about these companies confidential.

Make a Timely Decision on Job Offers

After each interview, the recruiter will discuss with you what you like and dislike about the position. They will also discuss potential red flags. By the time you receive a job offer, you should already be well into the decision-making process. Keep in mind that most companies want an answer within two business days. If you take too long to respond, they might withdraw the offer. Making a timely decision shows that you are decisive and confident.


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