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How a good recruiter becomes great

Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015

If you’re a good recruiter who wants to make sure you’re at the top of your game or if you’re considering moving into the world of recruitment agencies you need to have certain qualities. We’ve compiled a list of the eight key traits you need to reach the top of the recruitment tree.

A good Recruiter is a confident communicator

A good recruiter is a superb intermediary between a company and a candidate and you can’t be that unless you can communicate to your candidate what a client requires and vice versa.  That means listening to what is said to you. Being confident in the service you provide is essential and instills similar confidence in your clients. It’s all about building relationships and ensuring that companies come back to use you again and again.

Being a multitasker Recruiter

Male shaking a female employers hand

As a recruiter you’re dealing with a high number of clients and job seekers and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. This is where you have to be able to do more than one thing at a time. Under this heading we should also include delegation skills. The busier you get the more sensible it is to delegate duties to other members of staff or discuss workload with your managers if you do not yet have the seniority.

Being a good Recruiter means resilience

There are going to be plenty of satisfied clients and job seekers (hopefully!) but you are also going to find yourself in testing situations where you may face criticism. As long as you have the right level of confidence, you should be able to cope.

Being a team player

When working as a recruiter collaborating with colleagues for the good of the company is a key skill. Yes, there are targets to meet and the pressure is on but in certain circumstances you need to work effectively in a team.

Ability to read body language

We all know that what people say is not always what they mean and learning to read their body language will save you a lot of unnecessary work in the long run.

Smiling, good recruiter listening attentively to applicant ideas and thoughts, discussing experience during job interview

Social media skills

The pace of change in the world of recruitment is swift and the way job seekers search for new positions is changing. You need to be up-to-date with how people get their information, whether that’s on LinkedIn or Twitter, because you can be sure your competitors are.

Good time management

There will always be positions that need filling ‘immediately’ and being able to prioritise what needs to be done when will keep even your most demanding clients happy.

Last but not least… patience

When you are dealing with so many candidates and clients you need to prepare yourself  at the last minute when people fail to turn up to interviews. Changing requirements from your clients are likely to test your patience too.

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