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Every job has it’s perks and down falls and the biggest downfall in recruitment is the quality of talent that comes through staffing firms directly so here are the qualities needed for top performing recruiters you should know about if you are going to be working with them:
Emotional Intelligence: Being smart is one thing but a great recruiter needs to be able to read people and situations. They need to know what to say when and how, and WITHOUT LYING! Lying gets you nowhere but trouble
Diligent To The Point of Obsession: It’s one thing to be a perfectionist however top performing recruiters are people of the now with the vision of the long term as everything has to happen instantly for their candidates and their clients but building the solid relationship is always #1.
Multi-Task Masters: There is no way a top performing recruiter will take on one job at a time or talk to one candidate for one search. The don’t NEED a retained search as they know that they will find the top candidate and there’s no way they are working with one company so why make a company work with only them? Due to their busy desk, they need to know how to manage a different projects at different stages, hand while being observant enough to know what priorities are. As I was once told it’s “Magic hands”.
Listen: In sales it’s always important to listen but recruiters aren’t just sales people selling a glass. Their class walks, talks, speaks to other glasses and if they fall of the shelf, the recruiter can’t just find the exact same glass. So it’s so important they listen to the needs of their clients.
Caring: In all jobs the bottom line is important but someone who is in recruitment for the money is in it for the wrong reasons. The career placement industry isn’t a numbers game, it’s about changing lives.
Friendly: If the recruiter you are working with can not take the time to talk to you with a smile and caring voice, you have a problem
Sense of Sportsmanship:Recruiting is the People Person Sport. It’s impossible to be a successful recruiter without a team. It takes a village to make the right higher. They need the right tools and guidance from their clients and their candidates so if they aren’t working with you, they aren’t going to be able to help you
Energized: If a recruiter sounds like Eeyor you have a problem, they shouldn’t be like Tiger either. You need them to be a healthy balance of professional, fun and educated regarding your needs.
Self-Motivated: A recruiters lively hood depends on the clients they manage and the jobs they fill. If they are happy with just being at the level they are at, they will not strive to fill your jobs as they have no drive. A top preforming recruiter has drive faster then a formula 1 racer.
Ridiculous Researcher: A top recruiter won’t just research a company to know what they do, they will know the company and the match of what they are looking for better then an adult tooth moving into a mouth. They love to research, to the point of almost stalking. It;s their passion to research, learn and talk to others. It’s just in their blood.
Laugh At Themselves: If they can’t laugh at themselves they will die as some things said and done along the way can kill them…literally.
You are sitting in your dream company, across from your potential new employer all decked out. You have your freshly printed resume in their hands, they look through it briefly and say: “So….tell me about yourself”
And your brain goes like wildfire. You have done so much. You have so much to say but where do you start?
What they are really asking in the politest of ways is “who are you and why are you here?”
So your answer needs to be along the lines of “what have you done that will help their team and company succeed?”.
They don’t care about anything personal. This is your time to show how you fit in the company. They need to learn you know how to give long answers in a short period of time.
So you must:
Don’t worry about what they want to hear. Worry about the message you want to get across.
Think of it as you elevator pitch with more substance to get you to that higher level.
Remember every good story has a beginning, middle and an end a summary as this question gets you talking but don’t talk too much.
Here is how it’s broken down:
I am a ….
“I have done…with numbers and dollars and accomplishments and I’m looking for x, y, z which is what brings me to you today.
How does that work for you?”
Write down all your key points so it will help you not have to think once you are in your interview.