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September 11, 2012 / W. Stanton Smith

Career tip # 8 The recruiter is not your friend

Treat any recruiter as an expert, even if the recruiting interviewer is nearly your age. Why? that young recruiter is an expert in the organization you are interviewing with; this is no longer a peer to peer discussion. This is all business.

Since the recruiter is not a newly found friend, avoid the informality that probably characterizes most of your interactions with your peers. He or she is doing a difficult task which includes weeding out candidates who don’t appear to be a fit. Your job is to make their job easier by giving them many reasons to be interested in you and recommend you to the next round to interviews.

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