A Helpful Tip List for First Time Recruiters

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Congratulations on your new position! You now have a world of things to learn. Being a recruiter will undoubtedly keep you busy. You got your position because you have an eye for talent, and you’re able to recognize and understand the important needs of others. Now, it’s time to recognize and understand the needs you’re going to have as you embark on your new career journey. Here's a little tip list to get you on track.

Tip #1:  Practice Asking Hard Questions

Efficient recruiters are able to get to the heart of a matter quickly and efficiently. Sometimes, this involves asking complicated questions. You need to be able to be direct without being forceful to make the most of your meetings. This isn’t always hard to do, and you might want to practice your questions ahead of time. It will save you a lot of hassle later and help you maximize your time.

Tip #2:  Take a Look at Other Recruiters

Look at Netflix, and really observe what’s going on. (If you don’t live in the USA, you can use a VPN to look at Netflix). They’re huge, they have millions of users, and they’re getting more every day. They have diverse content and diverse recruiting needs. This means need the perfect process keep up with their growth. How do they do it? According to Netflix themselves, their process embodies their culture. You can learn a thing or two from the masters.

Tip #3:  Try Some Role Reversal

Sometimes, the best way to be the best at what you do is by viewing it from the other seat. If you were a candidate, what could a recruiter do to improve the process for you? When you find great talent, you want to be able to get that talent where it needs to go. Consider your interactions from the perspective of the person who looks promising to fill the position.

Tip #4:  Get Your Breaks In

As a recruiter, it will feel like every minute of every day is scheduled. What happens if you need a cup of coffee or you desperately need to use the restroom? You’re going to get burned out quickly if you aren’t making enough room for breaks. Get a couple fifteen-minute breaks in to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Schedule a lunch break that will give you enough time to actually savor something nutritious. You’ll go crazy if you don’t.

Tip #5:  Don’t Focus Too Much on the Industry

A recruiter doesn’t need to know every in and out of the industry they’re recruiting for. They only know how to spot competence and talent when they see it. Learn the basics, and you won’t need much more than that. Learning everything down to the letter about how an industry works will only weigh you down.

Tip #6:  Find a Scheduling System That Works For You

Keeping your appointments, doing meetings, attending events, and making your follow-up calls can become overwhelming. You don’t want to let things slip through your fingers or get all mixed up in the mess. Whether you use a planner or a whiteboard or an app for your scheduling, make sure you have a system in place that you’re comfortable with.

Tip #7:  Work On Your Confidence

Things aren’t always going to go your way. You might not actually be able to find the candidate you’re looking for. It doesn’t always have to do with you. Sometimes timing is the culprit, or perhaps a more powerful competitor has resources that you don’t. Business is business. Don’t take anything to heart. Just learn and grow.

Keep your head up, and give it a few months to get used to your busy new life as a recruiter. Like with any new job, there’s a process of settling in that might take a little while. Even if things feel exciting and a little overwhelming now, you’ll grow into your strengths and own your position.