While you value your privacy, you need to be willing to surrender parts of it to your future employer. Indeed, applying for a position means that you need to be ready to be at the receiving end of someone's scrutiny. No employer would offer the role to a candidate without running the necessary checks and evaluations first. There is more than one way in which recruiters make sure they can trust you with professional responsibilities. Of course, it goes without saying: Your education can make or break the deal. Specific roles that require an academic background, for instance, have a first level of "pass or fail" entry, namely having the relevant degree. But the recruiter's expectations don't end just there. Employers know how to build the first impression of your presence.
They dive into your background
Your education matters, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Recruiters know to run different types of background checks to evaluate the best candidates. Depending on the kind of role, financial checks are necessary, such as credit history. Your criminal records are one of the first things recruiters ask to see. Additionally, it's fair to say that the hiring process allows for a necessary gray area. Not all roles require professionals to have a clean record. But understanding whether you are a risk to the company is crucial. Therefore, you can expect that your records won't play a significant role in the process unless your criminal history suggests otherwise. Candidates are also screened against national and international employment regulations, to ensure you've got the right to work. IN short, which these screens are invasive, they are necessary.
They check your blog
Of course, not all applicants have a blog. However, an active online presence can establish your expertise and showcase your portfolio more effective than a resume. As such, running a blog that is regularly updated with valuable content is a no-brainer. If you publish content online, you need to be ready for it to be read by recruiters.
They read your social media
Aside from your blog, your social media presence can tip the scale in your favor. Indeed, when recruiters need to identify the most suitable candidate, they use all the information available to build a profile. Your social media activity says a lot about you. Typically, aggressive users or online bullies don't make it past the first round. However, keeping a low-key presence is not the best approach. Inactive profiles on social networks can give a negative impression. Recruiters prefer candidates who can engage with their audience and share insightful or creative content. Similarly, not using social media can also be a turnoff that questions your professional expertise.
They shake your hand
Every handshake is different. Should employers judge your skills based on your handshake? The answer is no. What employers judge is whether they would like to spend time with you every day. And that, unfortunately, can be perceived through the short contact. A double-handed handshake, for instance, can give an honest impression. Additionally, people use the time to observe your hand. A clean manicure before an interview can do wonders!
Employers need to make sure you are who you say you are. But, as they get to explore your background, your education, and your online presence, they also use the insight to figure out whether they can imagine a prosperous relationship with you. Ultimately, the hiring process is a mutual agreement to work together toward shared goals. It's only natural to want to know you better!