I usually blog a lot for the benefit of the people who want to get into TV, MC’ing, voice-over and the general entertainment industry. That is not all there is to me though. Among other things, for the past 8 years I have been running a recruitment company called ELLENINA Professional Recruitment Services. Although my company focuses mainly on Engineering recruitment, it still gives me an opportunity to speak to a lot of people on any given day.
Just the other day I had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of candidates who were responding to a position I had advertised, and I came to the conclusion that it would be of some benefit to discuss a few DO's and DONT's for people who are in the market for new job opportunities. Here are a few pointers that may of help to you:
When you call in response to an advertised position, you need to understand that you are being interviewed from the moment you say 'hello'. Your voice must sound energetic, making the other person want to speak to you. Even if you've just woken up, this can't come across in your voice. A few times I've been tempted to hang up just as the person says ‘hello’, as I can already hear they're not what we're looking for.
You need to be ready for anything. Just because you were only calling to ask for an e-mail address to send your CV to, does not mean the interviewer will not take the opportunity to speak to you. Recruiters generally don't want their e-mails inundated with CVs, so they will ask questions to see if it's even worth accepting your CV. A simple question: "Tell me something interesting about yourself" got so many people in such a panic, some hung up, some blatantly said 'I didn't expect this'. Surely you should be able to rant & rave about your achievements without notice!
Don't ask about money on the very first call. It's too premature. It's like a guy trying to fondle you on the very first date. You feel violated. Don't do it.
Try not to continuously call the Recruiter "Ma'am". It seems respectful, I know, but it automatically puts you in an inferior light. In business, you want to position yourself as an equal. You have something to offer too. Ask for their first name, and say: "Can I call you Lusanda?" From there you address them as such.
While to some of us the above pointers are rather obvious, I realized that there are not as obvious to everyone. If you have learnt even one thing, please share. If you are fortunate enough to have the above under control, please share with those who don’t.