Having Casual Conversations with Recruiters

Hello. Talking to recruiters seems scary right?

I know. I have been there, and I’m still there sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be scary. Remember that recruiters are people too. I have been doing recruiting as a student ambassador for the company I interned with, and being in the opposite seat is interesting. I can tell that the students I am talking to are nervous and trying to rack their brain for the best answer to each of my questions, even when I ask a simple question like “tell me about yourself”.

It’s okay to be nervous, that’s normal. I want to give you some tips on how to still come across prepared and comfortable. At the end of the day, networking with a recruiter is basically just having a conversation with another human being. We do this all the time. This is something you should remember next time your stomach hurts before walking into the Smeal Atrium, or during COVID times, logging into Brazen.

One big tip that I have is to try and be yourself. Recruiters are looking for people that will fit their company culture, and it will only be beneficial to you and the company in the long run if you are yourself. If you fake it, then recruiters could pick you, and while that is awesome in the short run, you might start hating the job because you weren’t the right pick for the company culture. So be yourself, no matter how cliché that is. When asked, “tell me about yourself”, tell the recruiter what your hobbies are what makes you truly happy. If it’s traveling, being with your family, making to do lists, or going to sports events, tell them. If anything it sets you apart from the other candidates because it is a genuine answer.

I hope this helps and makes you feel more confident logging into Brazen to talk to a recruiter.

By Emma Moul
Emma Moul