10 Things You NEED To Tell Your Recruiter!

by Elise Milburn - over 1 year ago

For your recruiter to be the best possible help they can be, you need to provide them with as much key information as possible.

Your recruiter doesn’t simply assist you with the job search itself, but they will also help you understand what roles are best for you, speak to companies and hiring managers on your behalf and provide you with the advice you need. 

For your recruiter to be the best possible help they can be, you need to provide them with as much key information as possible. Here are the 10 things you NEED to tell your recruiter.

1. Why are you looking for a new job?

Your motives for wanting to leave a position could be anything; the culture, the absence of progression opportunities, your boss’s management style, the company size or aspects of the role itself. Whatever it is, you should tell your recruiter in a positive and professional manner.  Your recruiter will keep this information confidential, using it only to dismiss unsuitable roles that they may have otherwise offered to you.

2. What jobs are you looking for? (Responsibilities, Strengths & Weaknesses)

What you do day to day will have big impacts on your personal and professional wellbeing. What are the essential responsibilities of your ideal role, based upon what you relish about your current role as well as in previous jobs? You should let the recruiter know how much you want to progress in your perfect role, and how this fits with your wider career goals. Be clear on what your unique selling points are, identifying the hard and soft skills which suit your hypothetical responsibilities, and the areas in which you may need to upskill. Your recruiter can advise you on how to bridge any skills gaps and may know of opportunities that can support you in doing this.

3. Where do you want to work? (Company size & scale, Industry, Culture)

Perhaps you want to stay within a large global company where you can interact with businesses overseas, progressively working your way up the plentiful corporate ladder. Maybe you like the idea of working for a start-up, where you will have a lot of responsibility and exposure to important stakeholders almost straight away.

  • Which industries have you had experience working in, do any tie into your passions, hobbies or interests?
  • Which type of environment is your personality suited to? If you are naturally talkative and outgoing, then explain that you need to be in a sociable lively workplace. If you are more introverted and prefer to keep yourself to yourself. You may suit a quieter, more focused office environment.

4. What do you need and what do you want?

Be realistic, you might struggle to find a role that ticks every box, but certain factors will be key to your workplace wellbeing and career goals. Make sure you let your recruiter know the areas in which you would happily compromise on. Be honest, specific and constructive.

5. What are the reasons for leaving your current role?

One of the most important pieces of information that you can supply your recruiter with is the reason why you are considering leaving your current role. We know that there can be a multitude of reasons such as the culture not being a good fit, no opportunity to progress in your current role or you do not excel under your current boss’s management style. Your honesty in this respect is vital as it will help the recruiter find the right role for you. Don’t be afraid to share this information either, the recruitment process is confidential and it will only be used to eliminate ill-suited roles.

6. Job benefits.

Make sure that you have an idea of what you would like in your new package. What kinds of benefits are vital to you? Separate what you think would be nice to have from what is essential. Tell your recruiter all of this, let them know what you considered as the essentials and what you are willing to compromise on.

7. Don’t be afraid to say you aren’t interested in the job.

If your recruiter recommends a job that you aren’t interested in, let them know. The recruiter likely has a number of people in mind for the position, and feigning interest only wastes both your time and the recruiters. Turning down a possible position actually helps the recruiter narrow down your interests, so you are more likely to get a call for something you truly desire.

8. Be honest about what you can do.

Employers look to recruiters to match them with qualified candidates, saving them time and money. In order for recruiters to successfully do their jobs, they need to recommend only qualified candidates. If a position calls for knowledge of a skill you don’t possess, its best to be honest. The recruiter will work with you to find a position that matches your background and abilities

9. Your bottom line.

There is no sense in interviewing if the company does not have the budget to pay you what you want and need. We all have our bottom line. Know what yours is and be prepared to walk away if it isn’t where you NEED to be. 


If you have something to hide, your recruiter will more than likely find out. Any issues, be honest and be clear. It may not actually be an issue. It will be tough if you don’t tell the truth to your recruiter.

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