You’re working at your desk when the phone rings. You pick it up. It’s a headhunter on the other end
with a potential job opportunity you might be interested in. This isn’t exactly the best time…your boss
could be right around the corner. What do you say?
If you’re at work when a headhunter calls
Kindly make it clear that you can’t talk now and that you’d like to take the opportunity to discuss
things later – maybe in the evening when you get home (don’t worry, recruiters work the strangest
hours). A seasoned headhunter will understand your sticky situation, as they make phone calls all day
and are quite familiar with the “caught me at a bad time” response. As a professional courtesy, you
should never talk or email about other job opportunities while at work. Save all your job seeking
discussions for when you’re out of the office and on your own time.
What should you say?
Postponing the conversation will not affect your good standing in the eyes of the recruiter. Just briefly
explain your situation and ask for their name, number and email address. Likewise, you can trade
your non-work (personal) contact details and suggest a better time to connect.
If you don’t hear back soon, the recruiter may have forgotten about you (they make a lot of calls). Feel
free to call back with the information they provided and see what the opportunity is all about.
If you’re at home when a headhunter calls
Or if you’re following up a previous conversation, be prepared to answer a lot of questions. Good
recruiters love asking questions – it’s how they find the right candidates for the job. A headhunter will
usually be after only a handful of quality leads to present to his client, so your first phone call may
make or break future correspondence. It’s nothing personal – they’re just looking to find the right fit for
the right job.
What should you say?
Be open and honest. Accurately answer all of the headhunter’s questions and be sure to ask a few of
your own. Don’t bother trying to figure out the name of the client company just yet – the recruiter
won’t tell you who they are representing. They need to sure you won’t try to go around them. There
has to be a significant level of trust. If they invite you out for a cup of coffee, say yes.
Determine whether or not you’re actually interested in pursuing a new position. Make up your mind
and stick to it – recruiters don’t like to be strung along. If you’re up for the challenge – go all in – tell
the headhunter you’re on board and sell yourself as a great candidate for the role.
No matter what you choose, always be respectful of a headhunter’s time and patience. Never be
dishonest about your intentions. If you’re not interested in working together, simply say so and thank
them for their effort. You may not be looking for a new job at the moment, but it’s good idea to
connect with recruiters anyway – a wide professional network is a valuable thing to have when you
find yourself looking for a new job in the future.
September 3, 2012
REBSTÖCK CONSULTING is proud to announce it successfuly completed a very difficult and complicated search and selection process in Hungary. In late April, 2012, REBSTÖCK was retained by a US-based company, a global leader in analytical instrumentation, to preselect potential candidates for the top seat of its hungarian operations.
With the support of its hungarian partners, Rebstöck shortlisted and presented four potential candidates to the client, who decided for the best one in less then one month from the start of the assignment. The candidate started the job in June 2012 and so the whole process took exactly 30 days to be completed, including the on-boarding.
We thank our client and the partner for this exciting project.
In early 2012, REBSTÖCK CONSULTING sealed a deal with a client, whose core business is mechanical engineering and calculations of gears, cogwheels, engines and other kinetic parts for automotive industry. Candidates from this specific field are in a very high demand from our customers in the Czech Rep. as the education system is lacking behind the requirements of the industry.
Rebstöck has placed several professionals in the mechanical design and engineering with its clients over the past few months.
A life-cycle project management SW developer, a german-based company with offices in Prague, is recruiting most of its IT/technical staff through REBSTÖCK CONSULTING since 2010. During 2012, the SW house is planning to double its developers base and REBSTÖCK is currently preselecting juniors and seniors for JAVA developer positions, project managers and testers.
In Sept. 2011, REBSTÖCK CONSULTING representatives signed a deal with a major global corporation in the aviation and aerospace industry with R&D facilities in the Czech Republic.
This cooperation will boost the hiring efforts of our client, who is hiring professionals from different fields and all over the world. Rebstöck’s role is to preselect best-potential candidates with technical skill set, experience and people management skills.