Keep your recruiter in the Loop…
You have developed a good rapport with a recruiter specializing in your industry. He spent time talking with you to understand what type of opportunities your interested in. He spent hours talking with his clients about your background and interests. He found several good opportunities for you to consider. You picked a couple that you thought matched your interests the best. The client was impressed with your CV and the telephone interview went better than expected. What happens next is probably the most important step in the process. Call your recruiter and fill him in on the conversation!
I am floored how often we do not get a follow up phone call from our candidates to discuss the interview or site visit and determine what is the best strategy to move forward. It has been our experience at Eskridge & Associates that generally the next thing the client does shortly after the interview or site visit is to call the recruiter and discuss what they liked or did not like about the candidate. Usually there are a number of questions they have based on what they learned that they want us to find answers to. The best time for the candidate to call us is immediately after talking with the client while everything is still fresh in their minds.
We, at Eskridge & Associates, are in a very unique position to act as the candidate’s “talent agent,” but we are hamstrung until we talk with the candidate. The candidate can ask us to send up what I call “trial balloons” to determine where the client is on any given issue. This way the candidate can still hold all the cards and not burn any bridges. They can use the information we learn to make a solid decision should be acceptable.
There is nothing to loose and perhaps quite a bit to gain….make the call!
Bob Eskridge, CPC, CTS, PRC, CSP
Board Certified Physician Recruiter
Eskridge & Associates
Member – National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters
Member – National Association of Personnel Services