How to be a good recruiter

As a recruiter, your job is to find the best candidate on the market to help clients build a better business as well as help candidates with their career progression.

It sounds easy but it’s not! A good recruiter needs knowledge of the industry, negotiation skills, a great network and lots of resilience! It’s no secret that most recruiters out there get a pretty bad rep and we don’t blame you! Unfortunately, there are so many recruiters out there whose main objective is to earn a commission so who cares if your candidate only last 6 months within your company. A good recruiter is the one who also goes against his / her own interest. As far as we are concerned, matching the right candidate with the right company is our main and only interest! It might be difficult to believe but if you have worked with us – either as a company or as a candidate – we should know this by now!

A recruiter should be considered as the extension of the company’s HR department; but also the best person to ask advice for your career. Whether you are a company or a job seeker, the very first rule is to trust your recruiter! You should seek advice from him / her because of the expertise and knowledge of the industry.

If you are a company, your recruiter should optimise your time and make sure you only meet candidates who are worth your schedule. However, in order to receive the best CVs out there, you must engage with your recruiter, provide the right information, be clear on what you are looking for and what the budget is. As most of the recruiters work on success-fee, clarity is of the essence in the selection process, otherwise it becomes a waste of time for all the parties involved i.e. company, candidate and recruiter.

Last but not least, a good recruiter act in the client’s best interest (the company), however he / she should never forget that on the other side, there are other human beings: a job seeker looking for new opportunities, a candidate that has perhaps lost the job, a person who needs to be treated with respect at all times. We have all been candidates at some point in our life: don’t forget it and remain human.


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