“Hi! I’m Adam. I’m responsible for the recruitment of AKP Limited, the organization headquartered in New York City and with branch offices in some major cities in the USA. I joined here at a junior level and have slowly made my way through the ranks to reach the level of a manager.
Often I’m asked for tips by many for success in interviews. So here I am ready to share with all of you, the secrets and insights that I have had over the years.
You think appearing for an interview is hard but being a recruiter is harder. No really, not kidding. Let me tell you why:
- Now I have number targets too like any of you in marketing or sales. So at the end of every month I’m answerable to the business on my target achievement. And considering this, its easy to be blamed for any revenue or billing losses that may occur because of a position remaining vacant due to a person not being available. So imagine the stress I face on a daily basis especially when I know that I can impact the profitability of the organization.
- A large portion of my salary is variable and gets paid on the number of positions I manage to close every month. So I am as eager to recruit a candidate as keen as you are to get through the interview.
- I’m also responsible for the quality of candidates that finally get recruited and join the organization. I have to make sure that those who are short-listed for the interview as well as those who finally get recruited are a right fit to the job as well as the organization. And imagine I have to make my impressions and analysis about the candidates within just one or two meetings. So would you believe me if I say that I’m as nervous as you during the interview process?
- You know how you always wonder about salary negotiation? Most of you have questions whether the offer will remain active if you ask for something that’s considered exorbitant by the organization? Well here’s a little secret – when I get into a salary negotiation I wonder too whether you will still be interested in discussing the offer further if we cannot offer you the compensation you expect. Well the truth is as much as I might talk about a pre-fixed and approved budget for the position, for the right candidate we recruiters are willing to take special approvals and make sure we try to get the best possible candidate for the job. Of course going above the budget needs to have a very special reason. It could be for a niche skill or a candidate with exceptional experience or expertise.
So what do you think about these nuggets of information? Has it helped to reduce some of the anxiety you face before an interview? I’ll give you some more tips in the next part of my autobiography, so read on.”
The above is part 1 of the series “An autobiography of a recruitment manager”, a slightly different perspective to present interview tips. The name of the recruitment manager and organization are purely fictional