I’ve learned from many years of experience in the recruiting industry that you can’t be successful unless you truly have the passion and desire to help others. I believe every person I am working with deserves to be treated the same way that I would want to be treated if I were in their shoes.
You want to talk to that person to get to know them to learn what is motivating them to make a career change and what type of role in which they see themselves.Asking probing questions shows the candidate that you care about them and are not just looking at their resume. You need to be able to build trust with your candidates.If they can’t feel they trust you, do you think they are being 100% honest with you?
Do you want to be known as “just another recruiter” who is in it for the paycheck or do you want to be a recruiter who views your role as a career and a difference maker in people’s lives? In any industry, the first thing you need to do as a recruiter is step back, put yourself in that person’s shoes then treat them throughout the entire process like you want to be treated if you were looking for a new position.
Follow through with your candidates and make sure they are constantly updated on the position for which you have them submitted. Make sure you let the candidate know if they have not been selected for a role in the same manner as if they had been selected? It should go both ways when it comes to the good and the bad.
As a recruiter, it’s your responsibility to keep in contact with your candidate throughout the process. Leaving people in the dark about where they are in the process is the quickest and easiest way to lose respect from that candidate.
Caring is not something you can fake. You’re not selling used cars. You’re helping others make a big change in their careers that will affect them and their families. Treat everyone the same, with honesty, respect and most importantly with care. Your work is a reflection of you! Are you caring or are you just selling?
The greatest reward in your career as a recruiter is when you hear from a candidate that you have placed years back tell you how much you helped them through the entire process in landing their “perfect job” or for them to reach out to you to say, “Hello, and by the way I have a friend that I am going to refer to you.” That in recruiting is priceless.
Always remember that you were once looking for a new job and remember how you wanted to be treated. Turn that around and treat your recruits that way and it will make your job so much easier and rewarding.