Ever wondered why you did not get a call after the interview or why you got the call too late? Well, may be the recruiter was busy or hired someone else. But, then you may wonder what went wrong?

There has always been a mystery surrounding recruitment. The term Human Resources Manager conjures up an image of posting job vacancies, calling candidates, and interviewing them. Although the prime purpose of a recruiter is finding the right candidate for a position, their job is quite challenging. The rising number of embellished resumes and the demand for unconventional methods to recruit talent add to their already taxing job. Likewise, there are several things job seekers aren’t aware of. Knowing a recruiter’s secret will let you be more effective in your job search. Here are 5 things recruiters won’t tell you.

1.    Recruiting Is About Numbers

Like sales, the efficiency of a recruiter is often measured by numbers. While quality of hires matter, a recruiter’s performance evaluation is often based on parameters like time taken to fill a position, the number of job vacancies closed, number of hires, etc. This means that recruiters are looking to identify and receive as many candidates as they can to close the job openings fast. While you can help them by applying, they won’t plainly take you in, just because you applied. A recruiter knows the exact skills, qualification, and experience required for an open position. Apply only if you clearly fit the requirements of the job. Furthermore, provide a good reason for them to recruit you. It can be an exceptional skill, experience or anything that could benefit the firm. While recruiting is about numbers, quality is also of prime importance to them.

2.    Not All Resumes Are ‘Read’

How much ever impressive your resume is, there is a possibility that it is not even seen. As recruiters receive millions of applications, they often avoid reading all resumes in detail. Instead, they just scan them based on experience and qualification criteria. If any of the parameters are not satisfied, then your CV may not be considered. While the resume will be stored in the database, the possibility of future consideration is usually low. To do so, you will have to stay in touch. But, do not contact them immediately or at least for the next few months.

3.    Recruiters Can Not Only Reject But Also Blacklist You

Some candidates get selected but fail to receive a final offer. Chances are they may have got rejected and also blacklisted. You may ask why? Background screening is an important part of recruitment. The screening process scans your residential, educational, employment, and criminal background in detail. Any mismatch or fault found, and you can lose the opportunity. While in some cases the recruiter may call you for an explanation, in major cases you will be rejected and blacklisted. So, if you feel you can lie on your resume and get away, think twice. If blacklisted, you may ruin your career prospects, probably for life! Hence, it is best to be honest with a recruiter at every stage.

4.    Certain Behaviors Annoy Recruiters

Recruiters come across various types of job seekers. Apart from qualifications and skills, recruiters judge you on the basis of your behavior. Even if you are smart and confident, certain behavioral patterns will turn off the recruiter. Physical appearance, confidence, communication, handshakes, eye contact, etc. are certain parameters on which a recruiter judges you. Fumbling too often, a weak handshake, poor or intense eye contact reduces your chance of getting hired. Many candidates also show other offers/applications or follow up too often to gain attention of the recruiter. While there is nothing wrong in gaining their attention, but if you cross limits they will ignore you.

5.    Recruiters May Not Be Decision Makers But Have Inside Information

While small firms have one person responsible for the entire HR function, large firms may have a recruiter as well as a hiring manager. Whether the organisation you give an interview at is small or large, the hiring decision is not in the hands of the recruiter. Although the recruiter sources for candidates and may conduct an initial round of interview, the decision usually comes from the hiring managers or owners. Recruiters can contribute their opinions on candidates but cannot decide. It is true that recruiters have knowledge about the firm, the job role, the hiring managers, and authorities. While you do not have to rely on them too much, ignoring them will also take you nowhere. Be polite and ask for suggestions to help you prepare for the interview. But make sure, you respect their time as they have a number of other priorities.

So, this was a list of things job seekers are typically unaware of. Knowing things recruiters don’t tell you, will only help you prepare for job applications and interviews better. With recruiters getting smart at securing talent with technology and screening, these insights will help you ace interviews and score a job.