4 questions you should ask your mining industry recruiter

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Here are 4 questions to ask a mining industry recruiter, to ensure you’re going to get good service (before you send them your CV).

Have you ever felt frustrated with a recruiter?

Perhaps you’ve felt let down because you didn’t hear back about an application, or you were told there was nothing available but when you look at their website, you can see jobs advertised that look perfect for you.

Your recruiter is meant to help you, not hinder. There’s a lot of trust in this relationship. You’re putting a lot of faith in this person to help you. So, how do you avoid disappointment and find a good recruiter who you can be sure is going to give you great service?

Here are four questions we recommend you ask a recruiter (before you sign up with them) to make sure you’re going to get the kind of service you expect.

1. Do you respond to everyone?

Recruiters shouldn’t keep just the companies they represent in the loop on every position they’re working to fill; they should have enough integrity and respect to keep you, the candidate, up to date on your application’s status, too. It’s common courtesy.

Even a simple email or text message is better than no communication at all. Ask the recruiter how they will update you on your application.

2. Do you get my permission before sending my details to your clients?

All too often we hear from candidates whose CV has been “floated” to a mining company without the candidate’s permission. Do you really want your personal details being sent anywhere and everywhere? Who knows where they could end up!

Ask the recruiter about their data protection policy and whether they will seek your permission before sending your information off to mining companies.

3. What screening processes do you carry out to ensure this is a legitimate role?

As a minimum, the recruiter should be able to provide you with an outline of any role they’re putting you forward for and give you a clear understanding of the salary and working conditions.

They should complete a brief interview and ask about referees and your availability. Anything less and you may want to query if they actually have permission from the mining company concerned to work on filling the job in question. They might just be floating CVs in the hope of securing a placement. Trust us, this happens.

4. Do you get paid a commission?

We are definitely not against people making money for providing a quality service, but commission-driven recruiters have a vested interest in making a placement (otherwise they won’t get their money). This sometimes means the quality of service they provide to unsuccessful candidates is not a high priority for them.

It’s better to choose a recruiter who you know is on your side from the start, working in your interests every day, instead of one who is focused on their own best interests.

Don’t be afraid to ask these questions!

These are all very basic questions and every recruiter should be able to answer them straight off the cuff. They should not have to “um” and “ah” about their responses. If you don’t get the answers you are looking for, it’s probably time to find someone else to help you.

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Dan Hatch
Mining People International