1) Be respectful, honest, and forthright. Don’t show a “chip on the shoulder attitude”. The headhunter is contacting you because they have seen or heard something that they like about you. Be flattered.
2) You will be asked questions about your background, education, and compensation. This is fact finding that will assist the headhunter in getting to know you. Do not embellish your salary or leave out information.
3) Consider a headhunter your friend. They want to place you in a position so do not be afraid to be completely honest. “What they don’t know, they don’t know” will come back to haunt you.
4) An experienced headhunter knows the job market and what client companies are looking for. They know “what jobs are hot and what jobs are not”. Listen to them.
5) Call the headhunter back as soon as possible. They are calling you because they see a possible fit. If you wait a week to return the call, consider the fact that “someone else will eat your lunch.”
6) When working with a headhunter, remember this – “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Do not nag but keep in touch.
-Pat Haynes, CPC. President / Owner