An agency may contact you if they have seen your details on a website (Reed, Totaljobs, Indeed) or you have applied to a position online. Alternatively, you may have spoken with them some time ago and they are contacting you to update your details.
In recent years it has become less likely that you will be asked to attend a face to face interview with an agency, so the first contact is usually a detailed telephone interview. The purpose of this is to gain as much detail as possible about your experience and to find out where you want to be.
It is vitally important that you are as honest as possible during this interview, especially when you are asked your reasons for leaving, where you are willing to travel and your salary expectations.
What will the agency do for me?
Once the agency has interviewed you, they will be in a position to work on your behalf. They may have current vacancies which suit your skills and experience, in which case they will discuss these with you. If this is not the case, they will contact clients on your behalf to see if they have a role which is suitable for you. This is one of the reasons why it is important for you to keep in contact with your recruitment consultant, so that they don’t contact places which you have already applied to yourself.
Most agencies, including RG will convert your CV into a standard format which does not contain your personal contact details. This will be sent to clients with suitable openings, but only with your consent. RG will only send CVs with your permission.
If you are selected for interview, your agency will co-ordinate this process for you. At RG we make an appointment to speak to you in detail prior to your interview, which will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the job and the company.
We are able to help you with different types of meeting, for example competency-based interviews, or those which take place remotely, so that you feel fully prepared. Knowing our clients and candidates well means that we can make sure that you don’t find yourself somewhere unsuitable.
Whether you are successful, or this turns out not to be the job for you, your consultant will inform you as soon as they hear from the client. You should always expect feedback either directly from the client or via the agency, who will keep your details and continue to search for opportunities until you let them know that you are no longer available.
Dos And Don’ts
Be honest about what you do and don’t like
Tell the agency about other interviews you have
Make sure you let the agency know if you are no longer looking
Keep in contact and update the agency with any changes to your circumstances
Let them know if you are unable to make an interview
Let us know about any worries or concerns you have
Become disheartened, if you use feedback well it is only a matter of time before you find the perfect role.