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Am I the fallback guy?

Question :

I’ve met with many headhunters over the years who have actively pursued me for jobs however even after a few interviews with the potential employer usually either their offer is not high enough or nothing really eventuated. What’s up with that?  

I do want to make a move if the right opportunity came along but I’m just sick of the being the fallback guy. It seems like a waste of time to go to these things. As a recruiter can you shed some light on why this is happening to me?

Posted by Banker on Sunday, 05 May 2013

Comments :

Mark Enticott - Career Doctor

Posted Monday 27th May 2013 05:28:00 PM

 

Searching for the right opportunity can be time consuming and it is a process that might require you to explore many different roles before you identify the one that is right for you. There are a number of areas that need to be consider as to why the employer offer might not be high enough or why you are not receiving any further feedback. Before going to the interview you need to assess the opportunity that has been presented to you and determine if this is of interest to you and whether it is going to take you down the career path that you want. At this stage, you should ask some initial questions around the role, the company, potential salary range, and ask to review a job description before considering whether you would like to go forward for the role. This will help rule out those opportunities where the salary is too low for you or the role is not what you are looking for. In a recruitment process, sometimes feedback is not shared with the candidate. There can be a few reasons behind this. Some of these factors could be a delay in the recruitment process, line managers / HR are very busy and forgot to share the feedback to the recruitment consultant, or there are other candidates that they are considering and don’t want to provide feedback until they decide which candidate they prefer. On the recruitment firm side, some recruiters either don’t remember to share information with the candidate or they have not received any feedback from the client. I believe if a person has taken the time to go for an interview the right thing to do is share the outcome and feedback from that interview. You mentioned that it is common that the offer is not high enough. I would encourage you to ensure you are managing your expectations in line with your skills and the current market. A good way to do this is review market reports and salary guides that recruitment firms make available and talk to a reputable recruitment firm who is going to consultant to you about the opportunities that you can move into, provide feedback on your interview style and areas that can be improved and have an open discussion around your expected salary. Finally, it is important that you are being proactive. You should always provide your feedback to the recruitment firm after your interview. If you don’t receive feedback, then you should always follow up with the consultant to obtain that feedback. Remember that this is your career and job search, so you need to be proactive and drive it.

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