The Basics – What Are Yours?

I have been inactive on my blog for the last several weeks because personal and professional priorities well – took priority. I had contemplated just throwing out a few quick hit posts but I just could not get my ideas synthesized to create something worth reading.

I am still struggling and not sure how this post will turn out – so in advance, thank you for bearing with me.

Basics – I use this word frequently when talking with my teams. It’s usually during a pep talk “…don’t forget the basics…” or when someone has made a mistake and to me it was a “basic mistake”. Basics – the core skills we use to do our craft. People will argue which basics are more important or what even the basics are for recruiters. Each member of my team has received their recruitment training in a different place, time and environment than me but when I hire a new recruiter I try to see if they have the basic skills that will mesh well with my team and with the company.

But I realized recently that stating “that’s a basic skill of recruiting” or “these are the basics” that maybe their basics are different then mine – similar but different.

What are my basics?

Provide excellent customer service to internal hiring clients and to candidates. This does not mean rollover for the customer, set the expectations and then deliver.

Do not sit and wait for candidates seek them out no matter what the position. Our job is to find the most qualified candidate available from the pool for the role. Posting and praying is one tool available (say what you will but it is) along with resume databases but look for others.

Learn the business as if it were your own. There are so many references to how recruiters are like salespeople or marketers – if they do not believe in their products they will not sell or market them effectively. The same goes for recruiters. The more you know about your company and the industry you will have a much more productive client meeting and candidate screening experience. Plus both groups will treat you with much more respect and not as an administrator just pushing paper.

Be as effective and efficient as possible. I like to always evaluate how I have things structured (my day, my team, how I approach reqs), what tools are providing us the most efficient ways to work without losing effectiveness. Recruiting in general is not a complicated function and it is the details that will trip some of us up. Don’t equate busy administrative work as being productive and don’t wait for your managers to find a way that is easier for you. It’s your time and energy, figure out a way to do quality work in the most cost effective and efficient manner – in other words – experiment often.

Treat candidates how you want to be treated. I have been fortunate to not be in the job market for the past five years, but I still remember the feeling and I always try to put myself in the candidate’s perspective. I have written about this before – it is simple to follow up with everyone you have contacted – they deserve the closure and it will pay rewards later.

You are as only good as your last hire. It’s true, whether you like it or not it doesn’t matter – you have to have short memory in recruiting. Celebrate the hire and then move on. Don’t rest on your laurels or think that by placing a string of good people will save you. It only takes one mistake to blow the client’s trust in your abilities. I treat each req as if it was my first one with a hiring manager and I want to impress them.

These are my basics – there are also several sub topics such as time management, thinking big picture, know when to push back and deliver on your word – and I may cover those in future blogs.

By knowing your basics and evaluating them, living by them and learning from others what their basics are can move your company forward.

I welcome your thoughts.



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2 responses to “The Basics – What Are Yours?

  1. Every recruiter is only as good as their last hire. What make it real good is when you get the hire on Friday and can relax on the weekend.

    Treating candidates well goes a very long way. Of course you will get a bad (candidate) apple in the bunch, but the best recruiters will always go out of their way for the candidate even when they bomb an interview.

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