"Honesty is the best policy"….. How many times have we all heard this throughout the course of our lives?
From the time you enter the world, you are taught the importance of truth and told that honesty is always the best way to go. It's pretty safe to say that most everyone is brought up with this idea embedded in their young, developing minds.
Ironically, we grow up and live in a world surrounded by lies and half truths. The older we get the more it seems that honesty is a policy that is simply too hard to follow and quite frankly, threatening to our goals in some situations. Our nation is currently obsessed with the idea of "PC" or political correctness, which causes us all to watch what we say and modify our words a bit from the direct truth.
Now, I'm not implying that everyone is a liar or that those who do lie, do it all the time. I am not even saying that there is not a place for skewed truth, but I am reiterating the idea that honesty is a good policy, one that can truly help you in your relationship with your recruiter.
The last thing I would tell someone to do is talk poorly of their previous employer or place blame for their leaving on their former boss or coworker while interviewing with a company.
But, while talking to me, in a professional manner, the best thing you can do is express to me why you were not happy at your last company, so that I can make sure you are not put into the same situation again. My goal is to make my candidates happy.
If you tell me that you are okay working a night shift, but really would prefer days, what good does that do either of us? Two weeks down the road you will hate your job, quit and you will have wasted not only my time, but your own.
You may prefer to work in a company that is very fast paced. Please tell me this! The last thing I want to do is set you up in a laid back environment where you are bored to death.
These are just a few examples of how honesty truly plays out when being placed by a recruiter.
Our goal is not only to satisfy our clients, and trust me, they are incredibly honest about what they want in candidates, but it is to make you happy as well.
As an applicant, it is your responsibility to make sure that we understand your needs. We want to get you in a place where you will stay and perform well.
Let's me honest (Oh there's that word), the better you do, the better I look as the one who recruited you. Maybe I'm selfish in wanting to get you in the perfect position, but I'll admit it. I'd like to think it works out great for both of us.
There is no doubt, a time and a place to watch what you say and represent yourself in a professional manner, but when talking to me or any recruiter for that matter, be honest. It really is the best policy.
Source: Barracuda Staffing Tulsa, OK
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