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How to Impress Recruiters

How to Impress Recruiters (Before the Interview)

As they say, there’s no second chance for a first impression. Keep this in mind when communicating with your potential employer for the first time! Believe it or not, there are a few ways you can impress your WSI recruiter before you even step through the door.

Social Media Presence

Many staffing firms, including WSI,  use social media as a way to acquire top talent. When submitting your resume through a social media platform, be mindful of the content you’ve shared on that page. Avoid using a fake name, sharing provocative photos, or anything else that may be considered offensive.

Phone Etiquette

Chances are, when applying for new jobs you’ll receive a phone call to go over current openings. This is WSI’s first interaction with you – so make it a good one! “New phone, who dis?” is not always the best way to answer a call from a number you don’t recognize. If you’ve been applying for positions, treat every unknown number as if you’re about to talk to a recruiter. Another thing to take into consideration is your voicemail greeting. If you’ve been sending out resumes, take a listen to your current greeting to make sure it’s professional as possible. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or long winded; a short greeting that identifies who you are will do just fine. “Hi, this is Chelsea. Please leave a message and I’ll call you back soon.”

Front Desk Interaction

Every interaction matters. While not everyone in the office is in charge of placing you in a new position, it’s still important to treat everyone you encounter as if they were. If the front desk associate (or anyone else) is helping you, be sure to engage with them in a way that reflects a positive attitude.


The way you communicate now is a good indicator of how well you’ll communicate if you were offered a position. Life happens, and we understand that. If you are unable to make your interview, let your recruiter know! A simple call is worth a thousand words. Avoid making your recruiter reach out to you multiple times to reschedule your interview. Even if you’re no longer interested in coming into the office, it’s best practice to let your recruiter know. This way if you’re looking for work down the road, they’ll at least know you were open and honest.

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