YOU PROBABLY HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS, and you should. Here's a list of what we are asked most often. If you don't see the question that was on your mind, feel free to email or call us and we'll be happy to answer you.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE RECRUITER?
A: You should receive the following from the recruiter:
- The recruiter must ask for permission to send out your resume.
- You should expect to get directions, timing, address and phone number of the agency you'll be interviewing with from the recruiter.
- You should get a thorough briefing on the background of the agency, the accounts you may be working on, the people with whom you are likely to meet, and any other insights about the client and its corporate culture.
- The recruiter should prepare you for any trick or unusual questions that may be asked by the agency.
- The recruiter should keep you informed of any developments that may aid you in getting the job. It is the recruiter's job to overcome obstacles and to satisfy both the candidate and the prospective employer.
Q: WHEN WILL I BE CONTACTED ABOUT JOBS?
A: You will be contacted when your background "fits" one of the jobs we are attempting to fill. We tell you as much as we can about each opportunity and then ask your permission to submit your resume.
Q: WHAT IF TWO RECRUITERS CALL ABOUT THE SAME JOB?
A: Assuming that each recruiter has explained the company and job, go with the recruiter who contacted you first. Do not work with any recruiter who will not tell you the company he is representing. Never allow a recruiter to send out your resume without your knowledge.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE TELEPHONE INTERVIEW?
A: Companies use this technique to screen a number of candidates. These are short interviews. Keep your resume handy for review, keep your answers short and to the point, and if you are not sure what the interviewer wants, ask: "what specifically would you like me to comment on?" and "Have I provided enough information?" If you have owned your own company, represent yourself as a team player. If you come across well in the telephone interview you will get a face-to-face interview.
Q: HOW SHOULD I WORK WITH THE RECRUITER DURING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS?
A: Keep communications with your recruiter open at all times. Tell your recruiter when the client calls you directly for any reason. It is critical that the recruiter remains "in the loop". Report in when an interview has been scheduled or even when one is postponed. After each interview, call the recruiter to report on particulars. If an offer is made, report in detail. Keep the lines of communication open.
Let the recruiter know if you have other interviews going on. Also, if you are getting close to another offer.
Q: MY COMPANY MADE ME A COUNTER OFFER. SHOULD I TAKE IT?
A: The counter offer could look pretty tempting and you may even consider staying in your current position. Do the words 'big mistake' mean anything to you? They should. Statistically speaking, 72% of employees who accept a counter offer end up leaving that job within one year. If that isn't reason enough, consider the following:
- Ask yourself why you had to resign before
your boss jumped in to give you what you are worth?
- If you get more money, where did it come from? Is it just your next raise early?
- Most likely, your company will start looking for someone to take your place at a lower salary.
- Your boss now knows you're unhappy and your company loyalty will always be in question.
- If economic times get rough, layoffs will probably start with you.
When you examine the counter offer more closely, it doesn't look so great, does it?
Q: WHAT INFORMATION DOES FRISTOE & CARLETON NEED FROM ME?
A: A current chronological resume, current salary, geographic considerations, and creative samples (TV & Print) if a writer or art director. We will not work with anyone who refuses to share or distorts salary information. If you have owned your own company, list your title as "Principal" rather the "President/CEO". The latter sends a "high price" message. The same goes for Ph.D. Include this information on the education section, but omit it from the end of your name. Make sure all pertinent information is legible and easy to read on the resume.
Q: HOW CAN I DEVELOP A LONG-TERM WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH FRISTOE AND CARLETON?
- Determine your long-range goals before exploring opportunities.
- Be open and honest about your expectations for the position and salary.
- Follow through on all of your commitments promptly.
- Provide accurate and complete data on your resume.
- Alert us if you already have been in contact with the agency in question.
- Be enthusiastic and keep a positive attitude.
- Provide us with an in-depth analysis of your interviews. Be sure to include all the "pros and cons."
- We greatly appreciate referrals of quality candidates.