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4 Skills Recruiters Must Have

Recruiting candidates requires more than putting up a few job postings and shaking hands with prospects. Although there is an abundance of hand shaking involved, the majority of time recruiting is spent analyzing people, numbers, and career trends.

Guy Thornton
Guy Thornton December 17, 2019
4 Skills Recruiters Must Have

The job demands a high level of patience and knowledge of the industry, as the future of the company relies on your ability to recruit people who will become beneficial toward your company’s growth. Therefore, there are many (often overlooked) skills required of a recruiter – check them out below.

Recruiting candidates requires more than putting up a few job postings and shaking hands with prospects. Although there is an abundance of hand shaking involved, the majority of time recruiting is spent analyzing people, numbers, and career trends. The job demands a high level of patience and knowledge of the industry, as the future of the company relies on your ability to recruit people who will become beneficial toward your company’s growth. Therefore, there are many (often overlooked) skills required of a recruiter – check them out below.

1. Deductive reasoning and an understanding of general psychology.

One of the most important skills a recruiter must have is deductive reasoning – specifically, people skills. A general understanding of which candidates fit best with the company and how to integrate them properly requires general knowledge in human psychology. For example, you may need to ask yourself the following: Is the candidate nervous? Why? Will this affect his or her performance? This needs to be assessed quickly and without error.

2. Knowledge of marketing and social media.

How are you going to recruit without knowing how to find people? Marketing is an essential tool for finding qualified candidates. In a world where social media marketing reigns king, having knowledge of these platforms and marketing trends will aid in finding qualified prospects before they even enter the door. Plus, you want to ensure that your company is up-to-date on its marketing practices and properly reflecting toward candidates.

3. Patient and extensive on-boarding skills.

Proper on-boarding is arguably the single most essential skill when attempting to ensure the success of the employee. You don’t want to drop someone out into the middle of the ocean when they’ve only ever ventured toward the deep end of the pool, right? Regardless of an employee’s skill-set and experience, each business is unique and has specific practices that must be followed, as well as a different workplace culture. Make sure that you are on-boarding candidates to avoid mishaps in the future.

4. The ability to put yourself in many shoes.

The best recruiters can see from all angles, as this will ensure that the best decisions are made. Recruiters must understand the viewpoint of the candidates, managers, employees, and even the customers or clients the company serves. Candidates that will effectively follow the managers, get along with employees, and reflect well on the company to the customers are the candidates that are worth hiring. Additionally, some candidates will require onboarding to bring them to the level of being perfect for the company in each of those crucial ways – and it’s up to the recruiter to know how. Remember, recruiters are responsible for the growth of the company. Although they may not be working directly with finances, they are ensuring that the correct people being hired are being hired correctly – which directly impacts the future of the company. It’s important to have the ability to see different viewpoints, deductive reasoning, knowledge of marketing, and extensive onboarding skills. Do you have any of these important skills?

Guy Thornton
Guy Thornton December 17, 2019

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