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Recruiter’s
Secrets
Revealed
Recruiter’s Secrets Revealed
Improve your chances of getting that dream job.
By Ville Aho
Recruitment is about minimizing risks…
…and the risk is you.
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
Resume
Tells us what you’ve done and gives us a signal of
what to expect in the future.
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
Think of us as robots when it comes
to reading resumes (sometimes we are).
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
Keep the structure simple.
Recruiters are suckers for exact
start and end dates, commonly
used titles and clear job
descri...
Being unemployed, having unexplained gaps or
multiple short tenures are all potential red flags.
Therefore always add an e...
Spelling mistakes are one of the worst mistakes a candidate can make.
Double check your resume and ask someone else to che...
Truth is that most cover letters will never get read, but it
doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t matter. They do,
greatly.
©	V...
If a recruiter has moved on to your cover
letter it means theyalready said MAYBE
when they could have said NO.
Cover lette...
If your cover letter sounds
like that of everyone else,
you have completely
defeated the purpose.
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villea...
How to read the
job posting
???
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
EASY.If you’re reading a job posting it has already served it’s main purpose of
getting your attention.
Don’t get scared b...
OK. I
applied.
What now?
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
The job posting usually tells you how
and when to reach the recruiter. Follow
these instructions.
Many think that you shou...
Recruitment process
Some facts to help you to understand what’s
happening behind the curtains.
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho....
“Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions, and a healthy dose of curiosity.”
Richard Branson, Founder of Vi...
Good recruiter makes you feel like you’re the only person
their talking to but this is rarely the case – they likely have
...
Reality check:
If recruiter already has enough good candidates they
might not even glans at new applications. So, always
a...
Recruiters Are Organizational Matchmakers.
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
“Hiring is the single most important people operation in any organization”
-Laszlo Bock, Google
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho...
It helps to understand…
…that the recruiter is not working for you, but for the
company. They are looking for the best pos...
As harsh as it may sound...there’s NO guarantee of fairness.
(It’s very likely you may never know why you were rejected)
©...
“Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-
hour interview. … The ...
Yikes, the interview
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
Many recruiters start with a warm-
up round i.e. phone or video
interview. One advice applies for
both – prepare yourself....
Don’t just tell the recruiter what you
think they want to hear. Instead let
them get to know you.
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villea...
This is likely the first time you’ll get to meet the
recruiter face to face. So come prepared and dress for
success.
The t...
Do not pretend to be somethingyou’re not. But
instead of just being yourself, be the absolute
best version of yourself. Be...
The interview
Round 3
The recruiter usually forwards 3-5
candidates for the hiring manager to
interview and to choose from...
Selection criteria
and what it’s ultimately all about
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it.”
Henry David Thoreau, philosopher...
www.villeaho.com
Check it out ;)
©	Ville	Aho	|	www.villeaho.com
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Improve your chances of getting that dream job. Understand how recruiters think and what the recruitment process is really about.

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Recruiter’s Secrets Revealed

  1. 1. Recruiter’s Secrets Revealed
  2. 2. Recruiter’s Secrets Revealed Improve your chances of getting that dream job. By Ville Aho
  3. 3. Recruitment is about minimizing risks… …and the risk is you. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  4. 4. Resume Tells us what you’ve done and gives us a signal of what to expect in the future. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  5. 5. Think of us as robots when it comes to reading resumes (sometimes we are). © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  6. 6. Keep the structure simple. Recruiters are suckers for exact start and end dates, commonly used titles and clear job descriptions. If the job description mentions key words, use them. In IT recruiters talk in abbreviations, so you should too. Make a solid case for why you are the best fit. Do this and recruiters are easily impressed, but remember – never easily fooled. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  7. 7. Being unemployed, having unexplained gaps or multiple short tenures are all potential red flags. Therefore always add an explanation. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  8. 8. Spelling mistakes are one of the worst mistakes a candidate can make. Double check your resume and ask someone else to check it as well. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  9. 9. Truth is that most cover letters will never get read, but it doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t matter. They do, greatly. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  10. 10. If a recruiter has moved on to your cover letter it means theyalready said MAYBE when they could have said NO. Cover letter is your chance to tell what makes you special. Therefore do it right and be specific. Each position is different, so should be your cover letter. Tell the story around your resume. What experiences have shaped you the real you you’re today. Where are you heading? That’s what we want to hear. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  11. 11. If your cover letter sounds like that of everyone else, you have completely defeated the purpose. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  12. 12. How to read the job posting ??? © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  13. 13. EASY.If you’re reading a job posting it has already served it’s main purpose of getting your attention. Don’t get scared by the listed requirements. In most cases it’s an unrealistic description of an ideal person that in reality no-one expects to find. If deep down in your gut you feel the position screams YOU - do us all a favor - apply for it! It’s our job to see if there’s a fit. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  14. 14. OK. I applied. What now? © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  15. 15. The job posting usually tells you how and when to reach the recruiter. Follow these instructions. Many think that you should call no matter what – don’t be one of those people. Be in touch if you genuinely have something to ask. If you don’t, that’s fine too. Now sit back and relax. If the recruiter finds you intriguing they WILL be in touch. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  16. 16. Recruitment process Some facts to help you to understand what’s happening behind the curtains. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  17. 17. “Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions, and a healthy dose of curiosity.” Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  18. 18. Good recruiter makes you feel like you’re the only person their talking to but this is rarely the case – they likely have hundred or so other candidates. Going through all of them takes time. The recruiter is comparing the applicants profiles against the ideal profile they have for the position. This takes time. They are shortlisting candidates and creating yes, maybe and no piles. “Yes” -people will be contacted first. If the recruiter is on top of their game they’ll inform the “no” - people at this time as well.“Maybe” –people will have to wait a bit longer. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  19. 19. Reality check: If recruiter already has enough good candidates they might not even glans at new applications. So, always apply early! Make an effort to get noticed but be careful not to cross the line. Weird behavior makes recruiters nervous and gives them a reason to focus on someone else. Those who are failing to make a good first impression get put in the “no” pile and are likely never contacted again. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  20. 20. Recruiters Are Organizational Matchmakers. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  21. 21. “Hiring is the single most important people operation in any organization” -Laszlo Bock, Google © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  22. 22. It helps to understand… …that the recruiter is not working for you, but for the company. They are looking for the best possible match. Bad match affects the reputation of the recruiter, can be toxic for the company and costs extra money. Recruiter doesn’t decide who gets hired. They’ll influence the decision process,but it’s often someone else who makes the final call. The profile can sometimes change during the process. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  23. 23. As harsh as it may sound...there’s NO guarantee of fairness. (It’s very likely you may never know why you were rejected) © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  24. 24. “Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one- hour interview. … The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data.” Steve Jobs, Apple © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  25. 25. Yikes, the interview © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  26. 26. Many recruiters start with a warm- up round i.e. phone or video interview. One advice applies for both – prepare yourself. Remember that the words coming out of your mouth only account for 7% of the overall message. The rest is tone of voice and body language. And the recruiters are masters in interpretingboth of these. The interview Round 1 © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  27. 27. Don’t just tell the recruiter what you think they want to hear. Instead let them get to know you. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  28. 28. This is likely the first time you’ll get to meet the recruiter face to face. So come prepared and dress for success. The time before the interview – the first eye contact, the handshake, some small talk is just as important as the interview. It takes about 90 seconds for the interviewer to form an overall assessment of you. So, make sure it’s a good one. The interview Round 2 © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  29. 29. Do not pretend to be somethingyou’re not. But instead of just being yourself, be the absolute best version of yourself. Be authentic, focus, listen and respond to what has been asked. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  30. 30. The interview Round 3 The recruiter usually forwards 3-5 candidates for the hiring manager to interview and to choose from. If you’re one of these people give yourself a clap in the back. You’ve done well. From now on things will get trickier and margins will get smaller. Just keep doing what you’re doing and if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be. (yes luck is a factor too) © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  31. 31. Selection criteria and what it’s ultimately all about © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  32. 32. © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  33. 33. “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it.” Henry David Thoreau, philosopher © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com
  34. 34. www.villeaho.com Check it out ;) © Ville Aho | www.villeaho.com

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