Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

It’s the time of the year when you’re more than likely to receive a knock on your door in more ways than one. Unfortunately we can’t provide any advice with regard to dealing with pesky trick or treaters. However, we have come up with a few quick tips on how to avoid a horror show when speaking to a “head hunter”.


  • Always ask if the call is regarding a specific opportunity. Sometimes recruiters call on a speculative basis. There is nothing wrong with either approach however we feel it is important that you know right from the start. This will allow you to assess whether the call is worth dedicating time to.
  • Ask a few probing questions about the Headhunter’s background. If the person you are speaking to appears uncomfortable, make your excuses and terminate the call. Most of the good Headhunters love talking about themselves and need little or no invitation to start talking some more.
  • Enquire about the relationship the Headhunter has with the hiring firm. Do they actually have a relationship with the hiring firm? Or are they just hoping to become a future client by forwarding an excellent candidate (you).
  • Location, Location, Location. Always ask where the job will be located early doors. There is nothing worse than committing time to an opportunity when the location is unfeasible.
  • Make clear to the Headhunter that they will need your express permission before they forward your details to any prospective employer. This will keep the process transparent and will avoid any potential embarrassment in the future.
  • Make the Headhunter aware of any specific requirements you may have. Make clear what information you would like to be shared with firm X. On what terms you would like to move things forward and time frames involved etc. Being specific about your personal requirements will keep you in control! Any professional will always respect their candidates’ requirements.

Your career is too important to risk speaking to the wrong Headhunter. Follow the above tips and you will be sure to avoid a nightmare situation. I really hope this article hasn’t scared anyone off from speaking to a Headhunter. When used correctly Headhunters are a great way to secure a new dream role.

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