There are many articles written about how to improve a resume, improve interview performance, and increase hiring opportunity. However, there are key points for a recruiter to keep in mind that coincide with those three aspects.
Although a recruiter works independently with his or her candidates, they represent the agency as a whole. Reading over hundreds of resumes per week can become exhausting, but as a strong representative of your agency or as an internal company recruiter, it is vital to remember these key points in order to recruit the right candidates for the right position.
- Follow through: If you tell a candidate you will do something, be sure and follow through with that task-stay connected
- Reassure your candidate: Let them know that they are the priority and that you are working for them as well as your client
- Be consultative: If you know the job is not right for them, discuss other options and offer advice about how to go about finding the best next great opportunity. Counsel them on suggestions to improve the content and appeal of their resume. YOU as the recruiter are the subject matter expert.
- Build trust: Actively listen to your candidate and provide relevant feedback. People want to work with people they like.
- Don’t talk too much: Listen to what their key driving points are to gain a good understanding about where they see themselves based off of prior experience. Ask a variety of questions so you are confident in who they are as your candidate to ensure proper job placement.
Your candidate is also a representation of you as a recruiter and the organization you are representing.