Survival Tips for New Recruiters

By Ashley Paskill on March 1, 2022

Recruiters are one of the most important positions of a company. They ensure that the employees hired are fit for the company and will bring success with their work habits and personalities. As a new recruiter, it can be tough to know exactly what to do and how to most effectively do your job. Luckily, with the right knowledge, you can pick up little tricks and tips for how to survive and thrive in your position.

Be flexible

In the world of new technologies and advancements in how to do things, it is important to be flexible and keep learning. Social media is one of the biggest ways to recruit now, and knowing how to leverage this is key. Also, the world is still in the midst of a global pandemic, so knowing how to do interviews and other recruitment aspects virtually is crucial. Remaining flexible and learning about each new thing that comes out will help you keep your edge and be able to be as effective as you can.

Marketer Mindset

In recruiting, you are trying to find the right candidate for an open position within your company. It is important that you have a wide pool to choose from so you can be sure you are hiring the right person. In order to bring in more people, it is important to think like a marketer and leverage the tools you have. Be creative as to where you post your job and craft the job description so that the candidates you need will apply. Thinking like a marketer will also save you time by weeding out those who do not fit the requirements for the position.

Avoid bias and recruit diversity

Everyone has different biases, and even if they do not intentionally show them, sometimes these biases can be shown. Recruiters are not exempt. When hiring, be mindful of any biases that come up when creating job descriptions and going through the interview process. Consider putting emphasis on things other than referrals and education, which tend to feed into biases. Focus on the duties of the position and avoid cliches in the job description.

Check your personality

As a recruiter, you are the first impression a potential candidate has during the hiring process. While it may be tempting to come across as intimidating, it is important that you have a personality that is poised, strong, and caring. You can show that you are knowledgeable, just do so in a way that is kind and will not scare off potential candidates. Having an intimidating or off-putting personality will lead potential employees not to trust you, which will harm the overall culture of the company.

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Be mission-minded

Your job as a recruiter is to find candidates that not only fit the specific role you are hiring for but also find a candidate that believes strongly in the company’s mission. If you do not know and believe in the mission yourself, you cannot expect the candidates to either. Put the mission statement of the company in a spot you can see it and put it in the job descriptions you write. You may even decide to ask about how the potential candidate will fulfill the mission during the interview process. Read the mission statement multiple times each day to be reminded of what the candidates you hire should be working towards.

Measure metrics

In order to see how effective your recruiting tactics are, it is important to keep track of measurable metrics. Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals and keep track of things such as page visits, job views, and applications to see what can be tweaked. These numbers do not define you as a recruiter, but they can give you feedback that you can use to take action on. Again, your job is to increase the pool of candidates you are hiring from to help find the best candidate, so it is crucial that you keep track and make changes when things are not going as well as you hoped.

Spot lies on applications/resumes

While many people are honest, some people may lie on their applications or resumes in order to get the job you are hiring for. If you suspect that a person is lying, there are steps you can take. See if the job descriptions and achievements are either too vague or too detailed. Compare their resume to their LinkedIn, as It is unlikely that they’d lie on both. Check references to see if these achievements and job descriptions were actually done, and ask clarifying questions during a phone interview of the candidate. It may take some time to practice spotting lies, but with time, you will be a pro.

Being a new recruiter can be tough, but having the right skills and mindsets can help you thrive in your position and help your company grow. You have the potential to not just survive but thrive if you can keep these tips in mind.

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