Q&A with a Recruiter

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by Tim Pate

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what the person who may or may not hire you is looking for? I thought so as well; that’s why I contacted Mandy Dicker, national sales recruiter for Total Quality Logistics and friend of the College of Business. I asked Dicker exactly what makes her notice a potential hire – and what puts resumes on the fast track to the trash.

Read our conversation below to learn how you can capture the attention of a recruiter and land your next job.

Q: Generally speaking, what characteristics do you look for in the ideal candidate? 

A: Confident, hardworking (worked while in college, played sports or involved with organizations/clubs), energetic, and positive.

Q: What in a cover letter grabs your attention? 

A: Short, concise, and directed specifically at the position and industry.

Q: What is the most common mistake applicants make on their resumes? 

A: Applicants don’t align their objective statement to the position they are applying to. I would recommend removing the objective statement if applicants are applying to too many positions to keep track of.

Q: Many jobs have hundreds of applicants. What makes individuals stand out above the crowd? 

A: Tailoring the resume to align with the specific position they are applying to. If they are given a chance to interview, it’s important to be conversational and make themselves memorable during the interview.

Q: What is the most common mistake applicants make in interviews? 

A: Applicants don’t prepare for the interview with any research about the company or position. As a result, they don’t have any questions for the interviewer which shows an overall lack of interest.

Q: What would you say to job seekers who are feeling discouraged? 

A: Keep trying, try to get as much feedback as possible, and learn from this feedback.

Are you a recruiter? If so, what makes a candidate memorable? If you are not a recruiter, what have you done to make your cover letter, resume, or interview one that sticks in the mind of the recruiter? 

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