Once a candidate goes in for an interview with a company, it’s ultimately down to them to perform. However, in the lead up to the interview, recruiters have a big role to play. It’s common for companies to use recruiters to help fill any vacancies they have, by being provided with quality candidates. By utilising this, companies save time by not having to find suitable candidates themselves, or manage the hiring process. This responsibility is passed on to recruiters. As a result, it is important that recruiters carry out their duties effectively, to give their candidates the best possible chance of success. There is a range of information that should be provided to candidates by recruiters in advance of an interview, to ensure that they feel ready and prepared to perform.
Full job description, including salary and benefits.
Even though this may seem obvious, the full job description must be provided to candidates. There are examples in the past where a candidate has gone in for an interview knowing about the role, but not all the information about it. This is likely due to not being informed of all the requirements of the position beforehand. If this is the case, you’re likely to be caught out during the interview. It also means you’re not able to tailor responses to questions regarding the main expectations of the role, damaging your chances of success. The job description should also include the exact salary on offer, as well as the full benefits package provided, so there are no grey areas.
Information about the company.
Having a good understanding of the company you’re interviewing at can be a big advantage. It enables you to ask questions directly about the company, which will display a keen interest in them, as well as proving that research has been carried out. This will impress the interviewer, and make them more convinced about the extent of your interest in the role. Such information can of course be found by the candidate doing separate research themselves, but a recruiter can provide a bigger insight through their direct connection with the company. Therefore, such information should be sent to the candidate to ensure they have a good understanding of how the company operates and the successes they have experienced.
Information about the interviewer.
Another beneficial insight that can be provided by recruiters is their knowledge of the interviewer. It’s expected that any good recruiter should have a close working relationship with the hiring managers of a company, meaning they should know what they are looking for. Over time, they can also gain an understanding of the common questions they like to ask during interviews, meaning they can prepare candidates accordingly. This should lead to positive responses being prepared and given during the interview, improving chances of success. Even simple details such as the interviewer’s name and standing at the company can make candidates feel more comfortable during the greeting stage of the interview. Something that can be very important, with first impressions often a deciding factor.
Exact time and date of the interview.
Again, this requirement may seem extremely obvious, but there have been countless past examples of candidates arriving for an interview at the wrong time. In some cases, even the wrong date! This is often as a result of a simple misunderstanding, and it can be easily done. The candidate may misread the information, or the recruiter may send the incorrect details by mistake. Consequently, it is advisable for recruiters to confirm the time and date of an interview over the phone, and via email. This should avoid any misunderstandings, as the candidate will have the details in writing to refer back to if they forget the time they are supposed to be in. Arriving at an interview on time is vitally important, and it’s the responsibility of recruiters to ensure this happens.
Details about the location of the interview.
Finally, it’s important that candidates are fully briefed on the location of the interview they’re attending. A full address and postcode should be provided by the recruiter in the interview pack they send out. Furthermore, a Google Maps URL link should also be included, so the candidate can gain a clear understanding of where it is in relation to its surroundings. With all this information provided, there is no reason why the candidate should fail to turn up at the correct destination on the day. Especially if they have carried out a trial run of travelling to the location beforehand, which should always be advised. In order for this to be possible, the details should be sent at least a few days before the interview itself, something that should be considered by recruiters.