Investing in the Future: What Makes a Good Recruiter?
Investing in new consultants for your recruitment agency can be tricky because it’s important to balance the cost and time required to get them up-to-speed. Some skills can be passed on by senior team members, or learned on the job; however there are ingrained skills which ultimately make a good recruiter. In this blog Toby Conibear, European Business Development Director at Bond International Software, takes a look at the core skills required.
Due to the changing demands of the industry, recruiters are now expected to be well-versed in many additional areas – such as effectively handling both face-to-face and social media communication.
Increasingly, graduates are expanding their CVs to include additional extra-curricular activities and qualifications to help position them in the best light, so what makes a good graduate recruitment consultant in these more challenging times?
The ideal graduate recruitment consultant will need to:
- Listen attentively – whether that is to a client or candidate, focusing attention on the finer details can pay dividends when placing a candidate
- Work well in a team as often recruiters won’t work alone, including the support team such as HR or legal
- Be able to demonstrate that they’ve experienced being under pressure and are able to cope effectively as hard and fast deadlines are common place in the recruitment industry
- Ask for help without feeling embarrassed about making mistakes – an important factor in being able to grow
- Take pride and care in their work, especially as a recruiters’ work is mainly client facing so being client ready at all times is important
- Have confidence working with clients and candidates, building strong relationships quickly
- Demonstrate solid communication skills and follow up expertise to ensure a smooth candidate/client experience
Keeping a focus on the above basic skills during your own agency recruitment process will help you identify the budding talent which can then be shaped and moulded into a star recruiter through coaching and training. These qualities may seem like basic requirements when recruiting but can make a huge difference to a recruitment agency team.
There is no denying the extensive pool of experienced and talented graduates out there; being able to spot a potential star recruiter can make all the difference to your recruitment team.