I love this question. It shows that the person is thinking and trying to use a new relationship to build your network. But the question is a little unclear. Agency recruiter? Corporate recruiter? I decided to answer both.
Today’s question is, “Is It OK to Add a Recruiter on LinkedIn After An Interview? Whether You’ve Gotten the Job or Or Not“
Great question. One thing I don’t know is whether this is an agency recruiter corporate recruiter. I’ll take the time to answer both. Let me start with agency recruiter.
Why are you waiting until after an interview???You can do that right at the beginning.You’ll get access to their connections and, of course, they’ll get access to yours. But let me let you in on a secret.They probably have far more connections than you so you benefit far more by the request and they do. They may pick up a small incremental addition. Using myself as an example, I’m someone with over 16,00 1st level connections. I only start adding LIONs (LinkedIn Open Networkers) and recruiters In the past few months. Most of my contacts are with “civilians.” You know, people who are employed in organizations looking for work or who are successful in organizations.
For me, I pick up very little from you you pick up a lot for me. Reach out to agency recruiters all the time in the market area that you work. Do not delay.
Corporate recruiters. Reach out to corporate recruiters. Julie after the interview, whether you get the job or not. Reach out to the hiring managers you talked with after the interview whether you get the job or not. For the hiring manager, you can say something like, “I enjoyed speaking with you. Whether you choose me or not, I would like to stay in touch.“
It’s a real simple, human message. Do the same thing with the corporate HR recruiter. Send the same type of message.
“Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today. Whether you advance my candidacy are not, I would like to stay in touch. After all, you never know where we might run into one another again. Perhaps we can help one another.”
It’s a nice approach. So, by all means, reach out to recruiters. You don’t have to wait to connect with agency recruiters. With hiring managers and corporate recruiters, yes, wait until after you meet with them. That’s the perfect time.
Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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