August 29, 2022
How to become a better recruiter? 3 habits to create the best version of yourself
In today’s competitive world, the task of finding the best candidate for a position can be a challenging exercise of perseverance and creativity. While there is no such a thing as a perfect recruiter, there is an ideal recruiter. That would be that person who is constantly learning new things about recruitment, someone who adapts to current times and is always developing new skills.
Of course, there are certain habits that can help you achieve that. Do you want to know how to become a better recruiter and create the best version of yourself? At T2W we have an extensive experience in recruitment and selection, so we can help you. If you are new in the world of recruitment and you want to keep growing professionally, in this article, we will show you some habits that will help you further your skills as recruiter.
1. Work on your professional image
How much attention do you really pay to the image you create for your work life? As a professional who must connect with different people, having a good image can make things so much easier. In fact, you can do a great job and be a great recruiter, but that must be reflected on the professional image other people have about you. If you create one correctly, your reputation will work on your favor.
On the other hand, your professional image proves to be especially important in a world where social media is everywhere. When it comes to recruitment, the platform that rises above the rest is LinkedIn. You need to be especially careful in this platform. Anything you post, comment or share will speak about you.
For this reason, all your posts and interactions in this platform must help you create the image you want as recruiter, but without forgetting your professional values. This way, you will create a personal brand that will resonate with your contacts. Your contacts are a key piece in your professional image. Is through them that your reputation expands, which is why it’s so important to strengthen your relationship with them. That leads us to the next point.
2. Build relationships with candidates
Networking is an essential part in the life of any recruiter. Since your work entails keeping daily contact with many people, you shouldn’t just communicate with them, but build genuine professional relationships. To achieve that, you need mainly two key qualities: active listening and empathy. Active listening helps you know more about people in the professional sphere. On the other hand, empathy help you understand their point of view.
You might be wondering why you should make the effort of building relationships with candidates. Especially considering many of them don’t get the position they apply to. Well, building good professional relationships is the best way to have a healthy talent pool. As you know, talent pools are databases comprised of candidates whose information you have collected. So, when you get a particular position, you can find the right candidate quickly.
More often than not, we find candidates with interesting profiles and it doesn’t mean they are bad professionals just because they didn’t get the position. This is especially important when applicants got to the final stages of the recruitment process or when they have a very specific skill set. Keeping contact with these professionals guarantees you will get a fast reply from them when you need to fill a vacant position. This takes us to the next point.
3. Offering feedback is not secondary
The recruitment process ends once the ideal candidate is hired. End of the story, isn’t it? Not at all! Once the position is filled you have to start a process that differentiates the best recruiters from the rest: notifying all applicants that the process is over and give them feedback. All candidates that got to the final stages of the process must receive a short analysis of their performance.
There, you must detail the aspects in which they succeeded and those they need to improve. Ok, that might mean a little extra work, but this is more important than you think. Remember that is essential keeping in contact with the best candidates, since they are part of your talent pool. Of course, that has to be paired with an email thanking their participation.
Keep in mind that nobody likes to be waiting the results of the process for days or weeks. That uncertainty can affect anyone. Communicating with them is something won’t go unnoticed by applicants and will help you set the base of a solid professional relationship.
These are three main aspects generally overlooked by most recruiters. Apply them in your daily work routine and try to work on them little by little. That will help you be a better recruiter.
At Talent2Win, we strive to align your company’s business objectives with the best Talent Acquisition strategies available. If you want to learn more about the services we offer, do not hesitate to contact us.