A very important part of the recruitment process at our agency is prepping candidates before an interview with one of our clients. It is sometimes difficult for us to get in touch with candidates in order to prep them which is always extremely surprising to us that candidates would want to show up to an interview with a company unprepared. Candidates should set aside five to ten minutes to prep via phone with their recruiters before an interview. And don’t leave this until the last minute when you are jumping on the subway or in a taxi to the interview – we are busy too and may not be available. What does an interview prep call include? – Critical details such as the name, title, and any other details regarding the person(s) with whom the candidate will be meeting. This would have already been provided to you in an email, however we will be able to offer insights into the people that you will be interviewing with. In some cases the recruiter has been working with the hiring manager for a long time and is very familiar with the managers interview style and demeanor. – Advice on how to best position the candidates’ experience (i.e. reason for wanting to leave current job, reason why this agency is the next best step). – The appropriate dress code for the interview based upon the particular company and role (trendy vs. corporate). – Specific strengths and skillsets for the candidate to highlight in order to be relevant to the role at hand. And MUCH MUCH MORE. A prep call between a candidate and a recruiter prior to an interview is essential and extremely helpful in not only preparing the candidate, but also in providing a sense of confidence and ease.