It seems coffee meetings are the go to from catching up with business or friends to first dates and meeting with new IT staffing clients. At first glance, comparing the IT recruiting business with dating might seem entirely wrong, but when you think about it the processes are pretty similar. They both involve finding “the one” with all the perfect attributes, right?
The Want Ad
Technical recruiters use job boards to post open positions, listing specific criteria to find their most ideal match for the IT job. It is a blind way of weeding out candidates without personally offending anyone. Job listings also provide the luxury of choosing from multiple candidates without having to limit yourself to just one applicant.
Preliminary Screening—The Background Check
You will most likely conduct some investigating prior to a date and the same goes for a client meeting. As a technical recruiter, you will research a consultant’s prior experiences and check to see if you have any connections through LinkedIn or past companies. A phone call prior to the face to face meeting may help ease nerves for the IT recruiter and contractor.
Dress to impress as you prepare for your meeting. Run through your check list to be sure you have all the right material…resume, job description, notepad for questions. Note the client’s interests so you have topics for conversation. Leave early so you allow plenty of time to arrive early or on time in case of traffic.
Looking for tips during the meeting? Check AVID’s blog for Seeking…a Client? Part II.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.