Inside a recruiter’s head: what can help you stand out from the crowd?

Before I started in recruitment, I thought I knew a thing or two about what recruiters might be looking for. I thought my interview skills were pretty good,and that my CV was as good as it was going to get. Turns out, I was very wrong! Below, are my top 5 tips for standing out from the crowd:

  1. Having a ‘pretty’ CV is no where near as important as having a readable CV! Infographics on a CV are a great addition, but only if used sparingly. Too many, means your recruiter will spend their time trying to work out what the infographic is trying to show, rather than reading all the important information you want them to read.
  2. Do you find your interviews are often unmemorable, and don’t really create a meaningful conversation? Your recruiter might be feeling the same way. Try and make yourself memorable by talking about a shared interest or something you have in common. Are they wearing a piece of jewellery, or clothing you like? Make sure to compliment them on it, and turn it into a conversation piece. When you looked them up on LinkedIn (it’s okay, we all do it!) did you two go to the same high school, or University? Try and find a chance to reminisce.
  3. If you’re applying for a job from another city, or country, make sure you have a good reason why! If you don’t outline a good, honest, reason for wanting to make the move, (clearly stated on your CV or cover letter) a recruiter might assume that you won’t be committed to actually taking the job. If it’s your dream job, and it happens to be across the country, then make sure you write it down.
  4. Be professional. I can’t stress this enough! As a recruiter I have to decide whether you are a right fit for an organisation, and whether they would be a good fit for you. If you don’t take this interview as seriously as you would with the organisation itself, I have no way of knowing that. Come prepared with answers to normal interview and behavioural based questions. You will thank yourself for it later.
  5. Please be honest with your recruiter. Whether it’s financial history, criminal convictions, or even your reason for wanting to leave your current role, the truth will come out in the end. The real question is, how you want to be seen. As the person who was open and honest from the beginning, or as the person who tried to hide something and got caught?

What do you think of my 5 tips to stand out from the crowd? Would you take any on board for your next recruitment interview? Let me know in the comments section!

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