One of the newer reality TV shows is Top Recruiter – The Competition Miami.
Like most reality competitions, the contestants are given a series of challenges which weeds out the weakest in the group, leading to the eventual winner.
An interesting episode was the one where the contestants were asked to ‘recruit’ people on the street. Many of the individuals chosen looked like the proverbial deer caught in headlights. The recruiters’ spiel was fast, their questions (“What are you looking for?” ‘What excites you about your career?”) were posed rapid fire, giving the ‘job seekers’ little chance to think of an answer. Some floundered in their responses.
While this is TV and not many recruiting sessions would necessarily be handled like this, I believe this series is cautionary in that candidates must be prepared for all possible questions before going in for an interview. You certainly don’t want to stammer as some of these individuals did.
A few points the recruiters talked about in terms of what they’re looking for in a candidate are very important for job seekers.
One of the recruiter-contestants indicated confidence is vital if you’re looking to impress someone who can offer you a position. You never want to come off as desperate or dejected.
Very important. By meeting the recruiter’s gaze you’re showing that you’re engaged in the conversation. It also displays confidence. Don’t be the kind of candidate who looks at everything in the room except the recruiter’s eyes as if you’re afraid of that individual.
No recruiter or hiring manager wants to interview someone who can’t be trusted to stay at a position long enough to make a difference.
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