First impressions are critical when meeting recruiters. One of the most important aspects of networking is the conversation and approach when talking with those in your intended industry. It takes intention and practice to talk with recruiters with confidence and assurance.
How to Impress a Recruiter in the First 10 Minutes:
- Project enthusiasm and confidence right away – firm handshake, good eye contact, smile!
- Dress for success – when in doubt it is better to overdress than under dress
- Be prepared with examples – share your experiences that are relevant to the company and role you are interested in
1. Name and Role
- Who you are, what you do, and what your goals are
- “I am a student at the University of Florida majoring in ___________. I have experience in ___________. My long term career goals surround solving problems in __________ area.”
2. Competencies and Expertise
- What are your strengths, values, skills, personal attributes, and successes? What do you know?
- “My success in [insert experience] allows me to solve problems utilizing my strengths in __________ and guiding values of __________.”
3. Who is your Target Audience?
- How can you contribute based on your research of the organization?
- “As a leader in xyz, I see that your team does __________, and I believe I can bring a fresh perspective and help you achieve __________ goals.”
4. Call to Action
- Wrap up with next steps
- “I think I am a great fit for this organization and I am excited for an opportunity to learn more your opportunities.”