What Do Medical Job Recruiters Want From You When You Meet Them?

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Published: 3 Jul 2015      

If you are looking for a medical job the odds are quite high that you will have at least spoken to a number of recruitment agencies. In fact, you may even be using one right now or may possibly have to go through on to apply for a job on this very site.

In many cases such agencies are acting on behalf of their clients and thus will essentially act as the first stage of an interview before you have your interview at the company you are applying for. They will be able to assess your competence levels and match you up to jobs accordingly, so it is important to make sure that they have all of the information they need about you and that you present yourself in a suitably impressive manner so that they consider you for the really juicy jobs that they recruit for.

So what are recruiters looking for from people who are looking for a job in the medical field? Here are just a few things to keep in mind when you speak to one.

Bring Your Own Questions

A recruiter will be aiming to help you get into a career, after all that's the entire crux of their job, but it always helps them when the person they are speaking to shows a little bit more of an interest in discovering more about the recruiter and how they can help.

Ask the recruiter questions about what they do and what you can do to make yourself a more viable prospect. If you are speaking to the recruiter in relation to a trust or organisation you are interested in working for, make sure you have done a little research and can ask questions about it. This will create a positive impression that the recruiter can take back to your potential employer.

Treat it like a Job Interview

While the temptation can be to treat a conversation with a recruiter as being less formal than one with an employer, they still expect a level of professionalism from you. After all, if you can't be bothered to make the effort for them then you might not be for the people they are working for either.

Treat it like a job interview. Wear appropriate clothes, don't expect to be able to eat and never arrive late. All of this will put on instant black mark on your reputation that will mean the recruiter is less likely to consider you for different roles.

Body Language

If you are speaking to a recruiter then the odds are good that your CV already contains all of the relevant qualifications for the positions you are going for. As such, you need to impress in other ways as well to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

One of the best ways to do this is in your use of body language. Don't fidget when you are speaking and make direct eye contact with the recruiter. When you leave, be sure to use a firm and confident handshake to leave a good final impression in their minds.


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