A recruiter asked me today if I would like to have a informal meet up with him in person so he could get a better idea of the type of work I am looking for and my personality, skills. I was a bit reluctant to say yes as it costs me travel expenses and a day's time to travel into the capital to do this. Normally in my experience recruiters these days pre-qualify candidates over the phone as its quicker and more efficient for both parties. I also have a online programming portfolio website so my skills, code, CV are already well represented online.
Important facts to bear in mind:
• First off the recruiter does not have me lined up for a role, he merely wants to meet me in the hope of maybe finding a suitable role.
• On average i get between 4-15 calls a day from recruiters who have seen my CV online. Point being i already have the word out on the type of role i am looking for.
My question: "Do recruiters still do face to face meetings to pre-qualify a candidate?" or is it just a waste of time, money and effort in the modern digital age.