Recruiters have an important role in matching talent with the right companies. This is a difficult job because a recruiter has to go beyond what “seems” like a good match by knowing which job seekers are truly the best. This is done through the establishment of relationships. Recruiters have to get to know the candidates so they can match them with companies that are the perfect fit.
Getting to Know the Talent
Without the establishment of a relationship, it is difficult to give a company an employee that will be worth the cost of hiring. Companies are interested in low turnovers. When they can keep their employees, they can have a more powerful workforce because of the experience gained over time. The right fit should also hit the ground running when he or she begins the new job.
Some things that recruiters like to learn about job seekers are:
- Details about volunteer experience
- A listing of professional experience
- Social engagement work since social media plays an important role in everything, especially when a job involves some kind of communication or marketing
- Current event engagement
A face-to-face interview with a candidate can be very beneficial. However, not all recruiters are local to candidates. This is ok. This simply means that communication over telephone and email needs to be done well. Written communication can be a good indicator of how well a job seeker communicates. How well a person writes can also be determined through written communication. Grammar and spelling skills can say a lot about a person.
Recruiters also rely on resumes, personality tests, video interviews, knock out questions, and sample assignments. Through all this interaction, recruiters can determine a person’s enthusiasm for a job, knowledge of the industry, conversation skills, attention to appearance, and even punctuality. A recruiter works to learn as much information as possible and use many tools to do so.
Of the tools that recruiters use is social media. LinkedIn is a popular site they use to cast their recruiting net. Facebook, Twitter, Glassdoor, and YouTube follow. Instagram is at the bottom of the list, but not necessarily out of the question.
Prioritizing the Relationship
Everything that is done by the recruiter is for the purpose of establishing a relationship. Getting to know a job seeker reveals what kind of employee he or she will be. This is important since companies rely on recruiters to find top talent. If a recruiter fails to find the best talent, then companies won’t depend on him or her to give them quality people. There is a lot at stake for the recruiter and employer.
The job seeker also has a lot at stake because he or she is looking for long-term, dependable employment. Job seekers don’t want to join a company and find that it isn’t the right fit. They want to join a company and move up the ranks. People find jobs that they want to turn into careers that they can retire from someday. This is why the role of the recruiter and the establishment of solid relationships are so important.