There are many ways you can become the best in your field and hire the best talent. You’ll find qualified candidates by being a qualified recruiter, and those skills come in time and practice. You can’t be the very best from the get-go (unless you’re a genius), you’ll experience disappointment and criticism. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help from those around you and to do your own research and hone your skills.
We’ve accumulated a list of ways that you can become a top recruiter, from our top recruiters:
Stay Organised: Online and Offline
Make life easier and stay organised. With the back-and-forth emails, phone calls and long client lists, a good recruiter needs to stay on top of things. Maintain a calendar and make a strict list of what to do. There are many resources out there for you to help schedule your meetings, store your notes and plan your day-to-day.
It is also important to keep your desk organised. A clear desk means a clear mind (or something along those lines). It’s easier to navigate what you need to do for the day when it’s all clear and laid out on your desk. Invest in decent storage, label things and post it note everything!
Keep Everyone in the Loop
By providing honest and regular updates to both the employers and the candidates ensures no one is left in the dark. Both should be updated on every stage of the process. As a candidate, you want to make sure you are a part of your own future. As an employer, you want to make sure your recruiter is recruiting!
Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and give them a quick call. A phone call can go further than an email.
At the end of the day, you are a person talking to another person. Be decent and understanding towards your clients and candidates. Ask them how their weekend was, be aware of your tone and language. Be respectful but invite them for a chat before you get down to business. Just be polite. Forming a relationship and building trust is how you become a good recruiter. The relationships you build contribute to accounts that provide repeated/retained business, rather than just chasing a quick fee!
Prepare your candidate for the Interview Process
Interviews are daunting, but they don’t have to be! By preparing your candidate beforehand, gets them to a flying start. Give your candidate the information about the company, the role and the unique selling points of the opportunity. You want to sell the role and company to the candidate, but you also want your candidate to sell themselves and their best qualities. Inform them on how to present themselves, to do their research and what else they can expect from the interview stages.
Do your Research
You can tell your candidate to do their research, but you also need to do yours! You can’t sell a role to a candidate if you don’t know what it is! Ensure you have a full understanding of the role when creating a new vacancy. What is it? Who is it best suited for? What are the skills required? What are the transferable skills?
Also, make the job description listing personal. By making it personal, you make it unique! Don’t just copy and paste what you see on the listing, you want to sell it and sometimes make it simpler for a candidate to read.