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Ross McCammon

An Outsider’s Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No one Ever Teaches You

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    When talking to a recruiter, learn to put yourself in her shoes.

    If you’ve applied for a job lately, you’ll know it’s common practice these days for companies to use an external recruiter to determine who gets an interview with the hiring manager. But sitting down for a meeting with a recruiter doesn’t have to be a stressful situation. With the right mindset, you can ace the meeting and get that call back.

    First off, it’s important to understand what a recruiter is looking for in an interview.

    Contrary to what most people think, recruiters are more interested in building a relationship with you than in helping an employer fill a vacant position. If they don’t find something for you today, they might still come across the perfect job down the line. So think of the meeting as an informative conversation, an opportunity for the recruiter to learn more about you and your career goals.

    A good technique is to put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes. Imagine you are the one who has to find a new employee for a company. You’ll meet a lot of well-educated and motivated people who may not be the right fit for this position, but might be perfect candidates for the next business you start recruiting for.

    So, with this in mind, how should you act in front of a recruiter?

    First of all: Don’t be late! Tardiness makes a bad first impression that is always difficult to overcome.

    Second: Don’t lie! If you really are right for the job, being truthful about yourself will prove it.

    And third: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Find out as much as you can about the position and what the company is looking for. By learning what qualities they’re seeking, you can emphasize those traits in yourself during your interview with the hiring manager.

    Finally, after the meeting, send a thank you note to the recruiter. It’s a simple gesture that leaves a good impression.

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    What is Works Well With Others about?

    Works Well With Others (2015) is a guide for professionals – both new and old – seeking tips and tricks for handling themselves in the modern workplace. From mastering the interview process to fitting in on your first day, these blinks teach you those crucial social rules that no one ever talks about.

    Best quote from Works Well With Others

    Nothing can be found out about a person less than a month into a job. Nothing. Because youre not seeing the real person.

    —Ross McCammon
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    Who should read Works Well With Others?

    • People looking for advice on hiring interviews
    • Professionals preparing to enter the workforce
    • Anyone interested in workplace etiquette

    About the Author

    Ross McCammon, senior editor of Esquire magazine since 2005 and a longtime columnist for Entrepreneur magazine, is an expert on business etiquette. He is also the author of The Impostor’s Handbook.

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