Dos and Don’ts when approaching a recruitment consultant

Ensure you follow these pointers for a shot at the job of your choice when meeting a recruitment consultant There are certain unwritten rules when you plan a visit to a recruitment agency, things you ought to do and others that are taboo.

Sankar Pillai
March 5, 2020

For the sake of clarity, here is a laundry list of do’s and don’ts that will help you through the process.


  1. Dress up

Recruiters expect recruits to dress sharp, so formals or at least smart casual is a must when meeting your recruitment consultant. Ensure your clothes are well fitted and comfortable as well to avoid discomfort and fidgeting during the meet.

  1. Be aware of your goals

Be it an interview with a prospective employer or a recruiter, be aware at all times about what your professional goals ought to be. This also means knowing your strengths and weaknesses, the kind of corporate culture you would most be in sync with and the companies you would love to work with. This knowledge gives the recruitment consultant a better chance of homing in on a company that closely mirrors or fits your job description.

  1. Keep that resume current

Moving in to meet a recruiter with a botched or dated CV is professional hara-kiri. Your CV is a window for prospective recruiters into your professional career and is the perfect tool to market you as a product. offers excellent options for you to prep your CV, in case you are not sure about your CV, be sure to give the service a shot.

  1. Do your research

It makes sense to read up on the recruitment agency’s credentials before hiring their services including information on the kinds of companies that they represent etc.


  1. Be too flexible

It’s good to be slightly flexible, but not too much when accepting terms and conditions prior to taking on an offer from your recruitment consultant. Things like being ready to work anywhere and possibly taking on any job thrown at you will not portray you as someone who is accommodating but just as a pushover. Be careful therefore when you agree to terms.

  1. Reject constructive criticism

If your recruitment consultant is critical about certain steps that you have taken during the recruitment process, take it with a pinch of salt, accept your faults and adapt. Remember, the consultant is meeting scores of job aspirants like you on a daily basis and has considerable experience in his or her chosen field to make these comments.

  1. Hiding past errors

If your CV is up to date and still has gaps, ensure you don’t lie about the same. Be upfront and let the recruitment consultant know why those gaps surfaced and how you plan to move ahead with the same. If nothing else, it will prove to the consultant that you are frank and truthful by nature, a huge plus when you are out job hunting.

  1. Holidaying without informing

There is a potential offer in the mix that is tantalising and curated to your needs. The consultant calls to give you the good news but voila, he can’t reach you because you are off holidaying in the hills. Big boo boo. Also, if the recruiter books an interview appoint with a potential recruiter without being aware of your whereabouts your image takes a beating, in front of the recruiter, and the consultant. So be sure you inform your recruitment consultant on your holiday plans.

Follow these do’s and don’ts when meeting your recruitment consultant, the outcome can only be a positive one. is the go-to source for hundreds of jobs across verticals in the local service industry, with an easy search interface to point you in the right direction and help you source your job of choice. So what are you waiting for, log in now!

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