Executives beware! Recruiters are speaking out about what irritates them and what could possibly get you blacklisted. A survey of 1,500 recruiters by Bullhorn, a recruiting software company, recently shared its results:
1. Applying to positions you are clearly not qualified for. 43% of recruiters might blacklist a candidate for continually sending resumes in for dissimilar positions. They will pull an executive’s name from future searches if they encounter this too many times. Granted, some jobs have cross-functional duties and a well-qualified executive could navigate both sales and marketing positions successfully. What recruiters are seeing more of, for example, is a sales executive applying for a job as a bio-tech research scientist, without having the experience level or extensive educational requirements to be a valid candidate.
2. Exaggerating your qualifications to fit the job. 21% of recruiters were turned off by this and run into this more than one would think. There is a difference between slight overstatement and an absolute lie. You may think you are not stretching facts to fit a position, but look at the reality. Do you clearly match 75% of the skills, talents and qualifications for the job? What ultimately happens is that it comes down to an integrity issue that waves a red flag for recruiters. And, if ever working with that recruiter in the future, could squash your chances no matter how valid a candidate you are.
3. Hounding recruiters for updates more than once a week. 11% of recruiters surveyed said they don’t have time to respond to the multitudes of inquiries that come in daily, let alone numerous pestering emails and calls to follow up multiple times a week. It really influences their opinion of that executive who is emailing or calling more than every week or two. Show persistence without being a stalker.
When you are at the executive level in business, there is no way around it—at some point you will encounter recruiters. Recruiters, like anyone, appreciate courtesy, and respect for their time, and anything you can do to make their job easier is a plus for you. They will remember if you refer a colleague or friend who is better qualified for the position, because it helps them find the perfect candidate to fill the job. Most recruiters return the favor—keeping your resume in their database for future job openings.