There are several reasons why both corporate and agency recruiters do this.

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Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for and This is the new Job Search Radio done as a video. What can I tell you!??? I was asked the question by someone I thought was terrific. The question is, "Why do recruiters ask my thoughts about the interview before giving me results?"

I think the answer is true whether it is a corporate recruiter or a third party recruiter. It involves 2 potential sets of situations. Understand that from a recruiter's standpoint, both corporate and third-party, the last thing they want to do is to make a phone call to a hiring manager who is not going to be pleased. If you were to tell them, "You know, I think I stacked up the joint. I had an awful performance. They asked me questions that I just couldn't answer." Why would they call the hiring manager and be berated by them or risk being scanned by them or criticized by? Seriously. Why would you want to do that?

If your internal recruiter a corporate recruiter, you're being criticized by 1 of your users who can go to your boss embarrassing. If you are an external recruiter, you don't want to remind the client that you screwed up. There's no point in calling the hiring manager if you stank up the joint.

Here's another scenario. They already have feedback. What they're really trying to find that is whether YOU are interested. What they are trying to do is to gauge your interest based upon how you answer the question.

"So, what are your thoughts about the interview?"

"I think it went really well. The manager was terrific. I learned a lot about the role. I like the role." Suddenly, they can convert the conversation into something that I will call a pre-close, something that they can use to start persuading you about the opportunity, draw information out from you and turn the conversation into something where they say something like, "You know, your 1st conversation, you said you were looking for a salary of such and such." They can confirm that the numbers that you are speaking about haven't changed. They can start working toward maneuvering you into be interested in their opportunity.

For example, they can say, "I'm glad you are interested. I've already heard from the hiring manager and they thought you were terrific." Suddenly, you are beaming with pride. You're excited. Your tail is wagging . . . it's a good call for you, right? They can then start talking about, "They are going to want you to come back and they are going to start building up momentum to having you go back and preparing you for the next interview.

So, the reasons are pretty simple. Either you stank up the joint and they don't want to stick their neck in the noose, you did well and they wantg to get you excited about the opportunity and, here's the third one . . . you're kind of neutral and they know they are going to have to make the call because all they are getting is a factual recitation of the events and they can't interpret from them whether or not the ,manager was interested.

This is all about gaging your interest and how you performed.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes.

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