4 Crucial Skills Every Successful Recruiter Must Have

Recruiting is a competitive industry, full of people who love to celebrate the win, so one of the most important traits of a recruiter is their competitive drive. Key skills being listening, communication, confidence, marketing the company and the role, being goal-orientated, a relationship builder and having time management skills are important traits of any successful recruiter. They also must be technology-driven, and a team player with outstanding problem-solving skills.

Understanding the business and leadership styles

 A recruiter needs to not only have a relationship with the hiring managers but also understand the business and where the candidate will fit. They must be able to speak to candidates to help provide a realistic picture of the position and the leadership team or management style with which the candidate will have to work with while of the job. Setting out clear guidelines from the very beginning.

Strong technical aptitude and understanding

A recruiter needs to examine a candidate from many angles, this may mean checking out there social profiles. A recruiter should look at not what the candidate tells about himself/herself on the resume but what is not being said. Remember… What happens in Vegas, stays on Social Media! Being conscious of what you re putting out into the world is important and being technically savvy is a must. 

Futuristic Approach

Many recruiters look at candidates as their next “fill”. While filling a job is important, the on-the-job success of the candidate is vital to any recruiting process, no use hiring someone immediately if they aren’t perfect for the role.  Most recruiters forget the new hire once they are on-boarded leading them to often feel isolated. It’s key to keep a relationship with one’s past hires. Not only can such individuals be a source of finding more talent for a recruiter but a quick phone call to a new hire after 90 days with the new company goes a long way. Such individuals be a source of finding more talent for a recruiter but a quick phone call to a new hire after 90 days with the new company goes a long way.

Customer Service Orientation

Last but not least a strong emphasis on candidate/applicant experience can help new candidates to slip right into a new job role. While the experience may not be directly linked to the job role it is important for each candidate to show willing to learn. 

Recruiting is tough, but successful recruiters know what it takes to succeed. What are your favourite attributes and skill-sets of a successful recruiter? What separates the best from the rest? 


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