Are you new to the recruiting world? Welcome! This is a place where you experience moments of triumph, failure, frustration, and elation – sometimes in the same day! Think of it like Game of Thrones: every project is like finding someone to sit the Iron Throne (minus beheadings, poison, wild fire, and greyscale).Here are some tips to get you on your way – and help avoid being sent to “The Wall”.
- Starting Day One: Open eyes, open ears, AND open mouth. Recruiting is often time sensitive, and there isn’t a lot of time to ‘get your feet wet‘. Expect to be put to work right away regardless of your previous experience. See what the environment provides you, listen to what information is given, and ask all questions that come to mind.
- Communication! Recruiting is about rapport and relationships. If you are unable to speak to different people with different personalities on a daily basis, you may be in trouble. You need to be able to find ways and common ground with everyone – including co-workers.
- Get your social media in order. Fix your profile pics, get rid of the ‘questionable’ photos, and make sure your content reflects how you want to be portrayed. That doesn’t mean no fun stuff, it just means that you are no longer private.
- Have candidates to review with a Manager or Mentor as soon as possible. Even if you’re not sure, or are guessing – The best way to get a better idea of what you’re looking for is to talk through it with someone.
- Google everything. Unless you’re coming from an IT background, you will not know what most of the job descriptions mean. Take some extra time to ask around and research key words.
- Shadow as many calls with as many people as possible before you get on the phone yourself. Most companies have a general call layout to follow – See how other recruiters word different areas, build rapport with candidates, and get the information they need through conversation.