7 Things You Should Not Reveal To Your Recruiter!

HR managers are mostly friendly no doubt, but they are certainly not your friends! Being honest and being diplomatic are two different things altogether and the best HR leaders always recommend you to go for the latter approach. Why should you keep personal information to yourself? Because revealing them can weaken your negotiation stance. Here are 7 quick tips on how to present select, necessary information:

1.       Your financial situation: Whether you are struggling to meet ends or riding the good wave – it is really none of their business. Either way, you are letting out personal information unnecessarily and (intentionally or unintentionally) trying to influence their decision of hiring you. Employers know this too well and it may cost you an impression.

2.       Your Current Job Application Status: When asked if you are currently applying or holding offers from other firms, always say a yes, even if you aren’t. Your capability is not lowered in any way just because you do not hold an offer – it may be so that no other applications haven’t clicked for you as yet.

3.       Reason for leaving the Last Job:  Honesty goes a long way but in case you have left your last job on a bitter note, try to be as discrete as possible. Speaking ill of your last boss/manager/company very openly may not be a professional move. You can always put it across as “there were severe cultural differences and I felt like I will be able to contribute much better in a different environment altogether”.

4.       Your urgency of landing the job: Desperation is not pretty in any state - whether you are switching jobs or were laid off by your last firm. Do not undervalue your capability, and make sure you present yourself confidently.

5.       Your expected CTC: Once again, if you feel your worth X amount, do not think of settling for anything less because your experience and education have value, and you don’t deserve anything less than your target salary! Moreover, if you received an offer from another company and wish to match or improve upon the offer with the current company, there is no problem in voicing it.

6.       Your Long Term Plans: Chances are that your long term plans may be very different from what you are currently pursuing. You need not reveal the same to the recruiter since it may question your commitment to the company in the recruiter’s mind.

7.       Your availability for the job: Never give the recruiter the impression of you being available for them 24/7. This is no way to get in their good books, because even they know you are simply trying to create a very false impression. Set your expectations straight and be very clear of what you can and cannot deliver.

Hope you have great conversations after this! ;)


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