You know you should be honest in your job search, but sometimes there is information that you’d rather keep to yourself. How candid should you be with a recruiter? More or less candid than you’d be with a prospective employer? How candid should you expect a recruiter to be with you?
Here is another in a series of interviews with with my friend and colleague Stephanie A. Lloyd, a Talent Strategies Consultant and Owner of Calibre Search Group in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a National CareersÂ + Workplace Columnist for Examiner.com and also blogs at Radiant Veracity. You can also follow Stephanie on Twitter.
Watch this space for additional interviews to learn more about what goes on on the “other side of the desk.”
How candid should a job seeker be with a recruiter? How much candor should a job seeker expect in return?
If you are working with a third-party recruiter (executive search consultant, etc.) tell him or her EVERYTHING…this includes current compensation as well as any issues that may come up in the process such as a poor credit or criminal history, etc.
I know this is difficult for some people, but in order to work effectively this has to be a trusting relationship. Without complete candor it’s not going to work.
Remember, we’re on the same side. Our job is to fill our clients’ job openings.Â If you get the job it’s a win for us as well. DUIs and bankruptcies are not always a deal-breaker, but they can be if not disclosed up front…not because they’re there, but if not uncovered until the background check results come back, the hiring manager may feel blindsided and question your integrity.