Candidate Center
At the Octagon family of companies, we recognize that making successful placements involves candidates just as much as it involves clients. In essence, “it takes two to tango.”  We learned long ago that today’s job seeker is tomorrow’s client, and in building long-term relationships with our candidates, we are there for them when they need us most, which leads to a continued relationship when they are back in the hiring manager mode.  Our ultimate goal is to be viewed by our candidates as the firm that listens to their career interests and the firm that helps guide them through the many confusing and oftentimes complicated decision processes as their career road map unfolds.  We strive to be the firm that really takes a genuine interest in the candidates we work with. Contrary to most of the recruiting industry, we would much prefer to not make a placement that just doesn’t feel right than to keep working to keep filling the same position over and over again. Although most people don’t spend their entire career with one or two companies any more, it is still very important for candidates to manage their career moves proactively and we would like to be the firm to help you each step of the way. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you and let you experience a level of recruiting service that you probably never knew existed. In the “Candidate Center” our goal is to provide meaningful information to help candidates in dealing with external recruiting firms in the most effective way to serve their individual needs. As such, we have compiled several insightful questions that are listed here in the "Candidate Center". The list is not intended to be all inclusive, but rather, is presented to allow candidates several important factors to consider when deciding which recruiting firms they want to establish new relationships with. It further allows candidates the opportunity to evaluate the firms they currently work with to determine if they are truly satisfied with the service they have been receiving. We believe that asking these questions at the inception of establishing a relationship with a new firm and as a tool to benchmark current firms will help both our current and prospective candidates manage the challenging area of dealing successfully and efficiently with recruiting firms.

***WE AT THE OCTAGON FAMILY OF COMPANIES PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR CONSISTENT, STRAIGHTFORWARD, PROFESSIONAL APPROACH TO SOLVING OUR CANDIDATES RECRUITMENT AND STAFFING NEEDS. IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT OUR FIRM DOES NOT EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS IN THE AREAS PRESENTED ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT OUR PRESIDENT & CEO, MITCHEL KRAMER, SO THAT HE CAN MAKE SURE THAT OUR FIRM WORKS  TO CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE TOWARDS OUR GOAL OF BEING THE #1 RATED FIRM TO WORK WITH IN THE INDUSTRY!***

Are your calls and e-mails responded to quickly and needs taken very seriously or do you “fall in the bucket” with all the other candidates the firm is working with?

If you have interviewed for a position, did the recruiting firm get you status updates during the search, and did the firm bring closure to the position if you were not the candidate selected so you could gain from the interview experience?

Does the recruiter want to meet you in person, if possible, or spend enough quality time on the phone to make sure you are able to explain to them your specific needs and career interests or do they just want to quickly understand the “title…salary…geography” questions and assume the rest will take care of itself?

Does it feel that recruiting firm is really “working” for you or are you just another candidate whose information is entered into a firm database?

Does the recruiting firm truly work to “partner” with you, becoming an extension of your own personal recruiting efforts, or are you just viewed as another candidate who can create potential revenue attached to filling a position?

Do you feel comfortable that the recruiting firm takes the time to clearly explain the job requirements of the position as well as providing information that is important for you to understand so that you can evaluate your interest level in the position?

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