Are you in the process of recruiting a recruiter? There are many important factors to consider because you are putting someone in a position to look for top talent for your organization. As technology advances and improves the recruiting process, it is key to find talent that is capable of taking advantage of the current technology to produce a great outcome. The three most important skills your potential recruiter should have are being an active hunter, big-picture thinking, and has a strong ability to follow up. A hunter is someone who is eager to look for the best talent. A hunter tries creative ways to find the next best talent for their organization because they want to build a successful team. This candidate is thinking outside the box and uses different tools in order to grasp qualified candidates shown in this quote by Morgan Hoogvelt from ESAB, a lead engineering company, “Recruiters are big-game hunters, and having the mindset to hunt and be relentless until the hunt is done is a priceless skill set. If a recruiter is going to sit at a desk, log in to Monster and keyword search all day — that is not the hunter mentality you want. You want someone who will use cold calling, social media, Boolean searches, networks, etc. in order to find the strongest and most-qualified individuals. The potential candidate should also see the big picture. A great recruiter is able to look at a candidate’s experience and see If their related and unrelated skills can benefit the other departments in the organization. Does the potential candidate offer new ideas to the organization? Does that candidate have success practices that are proven to work? When seeing the big picture, you are able to see if they are adaptable to the business culture. This potential recruiter looks at an opportunity or even a situation and generates numerous ideas and takes effective steps towards goals. Aside from being an active hunter that sees the big picture, does this potential candidate have strong following up skills? Not only is it a skill, does this person make it a habit to follow-up with potential candidates and even rejected candidates? This person understands the importance of following up because it builds a relationship and may result in a referral depending on the situation. Clients and potential hires will always remember that person and go to them for related business.
What skills does your organization value most in Recruiters? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you.