Tip From a Recruiter - Kelsey Persch

Job hunting can feel like a full-time job and figuring out the best moves to make can be confusing, especially in a new labour market. Getting a peek inside the mind of a recruiter can make this process a bit easier. So, let us help with that! In this blog series our experienced recruitment consultants share their top tips to help you succeed in your job search. Learn how to make your application stand out, impress recruiters, and move through the job application process smoothly by following the advice of our experts. This month’s tips are brought to you by our recruitment consultant from Utrecht, Kelsey Persch.

TIP 1 - Let your interviewer lead

Interviewing can be nerve-racking, and it’s completely understandable that you want to make sure that you make a lasting impression during your conversation. However, a mistake I see candidates making too often is trying to lead the conversation. Let your interviewer ask questions and take the conversation from there. Answer their questions thoroughly, but not so in-depth that they forget what their question even was. This also applies to your introduction – feel free to give a brief introduction to who you are, but it is not your responsibility to try and preemptively answer all their questions in the first five minutes.

TIP 2 - Feel free to send reminders

It is absolutely a recruiter’s responsibility to keep you updated during your recruitment process, even if it’s just to say there is no news yet. However, in the times that I have either forgotten to update or am waiting just a day longer in the hopes of some news, I very much appreciate the candidates that send a polite and patient reminder message, while understanding that a delay can happen. We are all human, and it’s a great feeling to work with a candidate who understands that!

TIP 3 - Outline your plans on your CV

If you plan to relocate, tell us what your plans are! If you don’t have any plans but are open to see where the job hunt takes you, it’s also very good for us to know! The easiest way to do this is to mention it clearly on your CV (meaning, not on the last page in small text). State it in your introduction, or even next to your current location. It can save both you and me so much time (and save you from receiving a well-intended but misinformed rejection email).

Kelsey is an experienced recruitment consultant from our office in Utrecht. You can find contact information for Kelsey, and our other recruitment consultants here. Feel free to reach out to them if you have any questions about finding a job in the Netherlands. In the meantime, you can also read more great tips from our recruiters here. Happy job hunting!

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