Is it what you’re wearing? A firm handshake? What are recruiters looking for when you first meet? Recruiter interview tips for you!

The truth is, recruiters are looking for the real you. Your motivations, strengths and weaknesses and they want to know the honest truth. There are other basics that recruiters look for: skill set, your experience. However, most of these essentials can be identified by looking through a CV. For you to be placed in a role that you will love and succeed in, you will have to show more than what’s in your CV. You need to make evident your future career paths, work preferences and motivations.

Why do I need to do this, you may ask? Because the information provided can be aligned with a role that bests suits you. The best indicators of whether someone will do well in a role is not a persons knowledge or experience but rather their "need" and "want" to do things and their motivations.

So you may be asking how do I show my recruiter the real me without over sharing? Giving a recruiter genuine insights into the information that they need to know in order for them to help you build your career may be difficult. Here are 4 ways that you can share what you need with a recruiter:

Recruiter Interview tip 1: Give specific examples of your successes

Make sure you explain to the recruiter of specific examples of when you have succeeded within other roles. Just explaining your previous work position doesn’t tell them anything about who you are as a person. By explaining your key successes, you are able to give the recruiter some concrete examples which can then be relayed to their client. This will give you an upper-hand in securing another interview.

Recruiter Interview tip 2: What makes you stand out from the rest?

There are many roles out there and most recruiters will understand what previous roles you have undertaken. To stand out from the rest of the crowd,  you will need to highlight you niche skills. This will immediately make you more marketable. For example, if you’ve worked in construction but specialise in drilling then mention this, or if you are an office admin worker and specialised as a PA then mention this as well. Niche skills will give you an increased chance of getting hired and also opens the doors to other opportunities that you might not have known about.

Recruiter Interview tip 3: Cultural fit

Extensive research has shown that people are more successful and motivated to work when they are happy. A big part of being happy within the workplace is your cultural fit. Feeling at home and part of a team can play a major role in your ability to achieve great things at work. Tell your recruiter about the workplaces that you have really enjoyed working in. This will help the recruiter better understand your needs and help place you in the right organisation where you will be able to do your best.

Recruiter Interview tip 4: Be prepared, upfront and honest

Bad interviews happen and they happen because you were not prepared. Think about the toughest question that could be asked of you and prepare some answers that are honest, upfront and professional. Any gaps in your resumes or reasons for leaving a workplace should be answered honestly. Whatever the scenario, honesty is the best policy: be upfront and direct about your situation and most people will appreciate your candour.