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Peak into the mind of a recruiter.  develop your plan.

Think Like a Recruiter, by Infinitive

Build Your Brand

Create a Vision Statement:  Who do you want to be professionally? What motivates you? How can you differentiate yourself in the market by featuring your unique skills and experiences? 

Research Your Desired Industry: Read relevant literature. Follow and study the experts in your industry. Embrace networking and grow your social media presence.

Prepare Yourself: Schedule resume reviews and mock interviews. Practice your elevator pitch.

Reinvent Your Brand as Your Go: Adjust your vision statement to align with your evolving career path. Don't be afraid to take on bigger, more exciting challenges!

Search for Opportunities

Build Your Network: Think professors, colleagues, alumni, and LinkedIn professionals. 

Create a Strong LinkedIn Profile: View tips for creating an impactful LinkedIn profile.

Attend Events : Career fairs, workshops and lectures, conferences, and more.

Grow Your Experience: Take on part-time jobs during school, participate in internships, volunteer, and join student organizations.

Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket: The bigger your network and the more jobs to which you apply, the better your chances of success.

Understand the Recruitment Process

Knowing how companies actually recruit can help you to better prepare!

Needs Assessment & Marketing: Companies assess a need to hire and begin marketing the role.

How to Prepare: Research the company's need to fill that particular role. Leverage marketing tools (e.g. LinkedIn, hiring events) to get in front of recruiters. 

Applications & Consideration: As candidates apply, HR will screen applicants to ensure they meet minimum qualifications and determine who will advance to the next round. 

How to Prepare: Ensure your resume is the best it can be before submitting and customize it to the particular role. Practice your interviewing skills in case you get phone screen or virtual interview quickly.

Interviews & Decision Making: Company conducts various types of interviews (e.g. behavioral, technical, case). Decisions are made as to who will and will not advance through the process based on performance and organizational fit; candidates are notified. 

How to Prepare: The style and number of interview rounds will vary by employer, so try search their website and other sources such as Glassdoor to determine their process. Many companies have added interviewing insights pages to their websites. View EY's 'How We Hire' page. 

Offers & Acceptance: HR sends offers to the most qualified candidate(s). Candidates evaluate the offer against other offers and their own opinion of the position; they then accept or reject the role.

How to Prepare: Benchmark your offer against others in the industry. Closely review every detail of your offer, and counter is corrections or updates if necessary.

Stand Out Among the Competition

Recruiter Perspective 

  • Proofread – Double check that all of your professional documents and online profiles are updated and professional.
  • Research, research, research.
  • Define Your Personal Brand – Be ready to articulate your "why" and how you can contribute to the organization.
  • Be Responsive, Flexible, and Transparent – Meet set deadlines and treat every interaction with equal importance.

Hiring Manager Perspective 

  • Be Engaged – Sit up, make eye contact, and show genuine interest in the role and the company.
  • Ask Tailored Questions – While researching the company, start jotting down ideas for questions to ask the employer.
  • Be Honest – If you don't know something, it's okay to say you don't know but you would like to learn.
  • Be Passionate – Find something you love and run with it.  

additional considerations

What to Wear

  • Research the company's dress code and then take it up a few notches! 
  • Better to air on the side of professional. 
  • Most employers expect a suit, even in a virtual environment.   

Communication Skills

  • Know your audience.
  • Listen, process, reply.
  • Maintain and emanate positivity and confidence. 
  • Check your non-verbals.
  • Be concise, but thorough and specific.

Evaluating Offers

  • Does the position match your expectations?
  • Did you like the company culture?
  • Is there growth opportunity and does this role support your future goals?
  • Total rewards: location, compensation, PTO, perks, benefits, etc.

Accepting a Position

  • Don't rush to accept on the spot. Take time to review and request an extension if necessary. 
  • Finalize a start date. Alert the employer to upcoming scheduling conflicts upfront. 
  • Ask the recruiter or POC how you should formally accept the offer and what paperwork is required.