What recruiters do:
With over 50 years of experience across RSG, our recruiters have heard every misconception in the book. Nine times out of ten people have no idea what a recruiter really does. How do they get paid? how much say do they have in the hiring process? What is their REAL end game? This is what a recruiting job really is and the 5 biggest misconceptions that recruiters have to overcome every day.
Misconception #1- They get part of your salary
This is the number one misconception about how recruiters work.
Yes, they want you to make a high salary! That’s the name of the game. But no, their fees do not come out of your pocket. Recruiters get paid a percentage from their client based on your salary. This is a plus for the candidate. It pretty much guarantees that your recruiter will be motivated to get you what you deserve.
Recruiters are experienced professionals, usually specializing in specific industries. They know how much a client needs to spend to secure top talent. If you’re still skeptical there are tons of resources, like salary guides that will help you feel more at ease knowing your recruiter is working hard on your behalf.
Check out our 2019 Information Technology Salary Guide!
Misconception #2- Recruiters have no control over the hiring process
The reason companies hire recruiting services is because of one of two things. Either they don’t have time, or they don’t know what they’re doing. What ever the circumstance is, the client will trust the recruiter’s opinion.
Recruiters are your first interview, it is not formal and you may not even realize it. Every interaction with you tells them if you are a good candidate. If you are not answering your phone or are late to meetings, they know that you are not the person to submit for the position.
Misconception #3- They only care about filling a role
Recruiters are in the business of knowing people. They are networking machines. The more connections they make and the more people the get to know, results in more jobs they can place. Building relationships with clients and candidates is their number one goal. Sometimes they must think about making placements as a long run game.
Misconception #4- They only fill temporary positions
While this might be true for some companies, there are plenty that specializes in projects that run on multiple different terms. For example, RSG, has different departments that cover everything from a one-day project to full-time permanent contract positions. For more information on the services, we offer click here!
Misconception #5- Recruiters are pushy sales people
Of course, recruiters are going to want to speak with you as soon as possible. Chances are they are working against a clock and possibly other recruiters. If they are reaching out to you, you are most likely a strong candidate for the position and they don’t want you to lose out on a position.
If the situation is not time sensitive, they may just be trying to get to know you. Recruiters have a pretty good understanding of the company culture their clients have. Finding a candidate to fit that culture cannot be determined by looking at a resume. Sure, it’s a good start, but you need to be evaluated as a real person and not just another applicant.