The call or meeting with the recruiter

This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here:


It is rare for an agent to put your CV forward to a role before speaking to you. Most recruiters will want to find out more about your background and tell you more about the position that they have. This is your chance to impress your recruiter enough to make sure that your CV gets sent.

There are already a few rules above about how to treat agents earlier in the guide and they should always be followed. When speaking to agents you should always be friendly, confident and enthusiastic to ensure that they do not reject your application based on their dislike of your personality.

After sending your CV you should ALWAYS follow up with a phone call, I would recommend that you leave it at least two hours to give them time to make contact first.

When you speak to any recruiter treat this as an interview. It is a chance for you to impress the recruiter enough for them to send your CV to their client. Make sure that you have questions prepared about the role to show your interest in it. It is easy to have two or three standard questions on general areas;

–        The companies background

–        Why the job has come up (growth/attrition)

–        The recruiters past experience with the client

Some further tips when dealing with recruiters:

  • Always aim to be positive and enthusiastic rather than negative or pushy.
  • Guide them through the suitable sections of your CV.
  • Ask questions to show your interest in the vacancy.
  • Ask the agent how many other candidates are being considered for the role and if they have had candidates that are more suitable than yourself.

Top 2% tips

Crucial question

Ask if there is any reason why they will not put your CV forward to the client. This is crucial, as it will give them a chance to tell you any reason that they may have and give you a chance to address their concern and re-sell yourself. If they agree they will send you, ask if they mind if you call back in a few days to check on the progress.


Always ask if the recruiter will be able to meet you. Many recruiters do most of their business over the phone. Typically if you meet a recruiter you are able to make a much better sales pitch of the candidate. It usually gives you a better chance of being represented if you can meet with the recruiter.

When you do meet them t is important that you make a good impression.  This is also an ideal time for you to get a lot of information about the role. Have a list of questions, which you need to prepare before hand.

Agents often have very good relationships with their clients and if they think you came across badly in the meeting they will warn the client which will give the client a bad first impression to you, which can be unsalvageable.


This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here:

Originally titled ‘the top 2%’ the copy has been researched, compiled and edited continually over the last five years by the team at RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.

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