3 reasons not to pick up when a recruiter calls

You’ve applied for a few jobs and suddenly your phone rings… could this be a recruiter for one of the jobs? 

Should you pick up? 

If you do.. the conversation will go this way.

Recruiter: Hi it’s Paul from ImTalkin2FastForU2Understand, I’m calling about the job you’ve applied for. Is it a good time to talk?

You: (Paul from where? I’m in the middle of something and don’t remember all the jobs I’ve applied for…) Yes, of course.

And so it begins, the recruiter launches into a full on phone screening you’re not prepared for… And, it goes badly.

So let me ask you again. 

Should you pick up?

Absolutely not! 

And I’ve got 3 very good reasons why you should let the phone ring:

  1. They want to talk to you

Your application has been shortlisted, it means that your potential new employer wants to find out more about you. 

They are interested! 

I promise you, they will not disqualify you for not answering the phone. 

Instead, they will leave you a message or send you an email asking for you to return their call or schedule some time to talk. 

  1. You have to be in the right zone

Answering an important call while you’re driving, at the park with your kids or in the middle of preparing a presentation for work is counterproductive. 

You need to be focused on the conversation you’re having with the recruiter. 

Make sure you make the call in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, with your CV in front of you and the ability to take notes. 

  1. You need to prepare

If you’ve actively looking for a new role, do you even remember all the jobs you’ve applied for?

Before you launch into a phone screening you need time to remind yourself of the position, the company and why you think it’s a good match for you. 

You also need to prepare some questions that will help you decide if you want to continue with your application. Have a look here for some epic questions to ask in a phone interview.

I think you’re ready…

Good luck! 

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