Recruitment Consultant Interview Tips

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Recruitment Consultant Interview Tips
Proper preparation for an interview will aid in a great performance. (handshake image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)

Interviewing for a recruitment consultant position is different than most careers since this professional spends his time interviewing people. He is aware of the questions he will be asked, how to answer, and all the tips that other professionals either don't know or have to study. On the other hand, since the interviewer knows she is interviewing another HR professional, she may do something unusual since she knows that he knows what she knows.

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Study Other Interviews

Since a recruitment consultant generally spends her time on the other side of the interview desk, it is important to adjust to what it feels like to be interviewed, rather than interview. Visit video sites such as www.utube.com and video.google.com and type in "interview." Study other HR professionals conducting interviews and giving tips on preparing and responding to questions. Many times, you learn things you never thought of. For example, you may be experienced in asking the right questions, but do you consider details such as how the interviewee is dressed, if they came late or their body language? These tips will help you when you are sitting down for your own interview.

Research the Company

Be sure to spend some time researching the company and/or the person who will be conducting the interview. Demonstrating that you are knowledgeable about the business shows you are serious and prepared. The interviewer may directly ask you if you know anything about the company. Citing several facts would be quite impressive. You may also be able to weave in your knowledge during another question. For example, if you are aware that the company specialises in recruiting health care professionals, and are asked a question such as how you prepare for an interview, you can respond by saying something like, "Well, I know that company 'X' focuses on the health care field, so when I'm recruiting health care candidates, the first thing I look for is their licenses..."

Give Examples

Relate your experience to current company endeavours. For example, if the company is just starting to build a presence in Europe, you may be able to cite any experience you had recruiting for companies in Europe, or if you were in a previous company that expanded into the European market, you may want to share a notable accomplishment.

Practice

Practice may not make perfect, but it does make better. Have a friend role-play an interview with you. If possible, make a video or audio recording of an interview you conduct. Study the candidate's answers and expression. Viewing the interview a second time, while uninvolved, may give you good pointers in how to effectively answer questions. Think about the most likely questions the interviewer will ask you. Write down the best answers you can think of and practice saying these answers over and over.

Body Language

Some practical tips that many interviewing professionals ought to be aware of are the importance of arriving early, maintaining eye contact with the interviewer and not crossing your arms in front of your chest--since this gives an impression that you are hiding something. One of the main reasons HR professionals give for not hiring someone is a lack of interest and enthusiasm. Keep positive. Appearing relaxed and "leaving your stress at the door" makes for a much better impression.

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