Career prospects in the tech industry are becoming increasingly competitive, and recruiters have to work twice as hard to make their mark. This is why it’s important to be well-versed in modern recruiting strategies, including how a recruiter should act and present themselves.
Recruiters are simultaneously the lifeblood of an organization as well as the key to its future success; their work spans from hiring the first-class talent that will drive growth, all the way down to communicating with existing staff members about company changes. With this responsibility comes high demands on your time and energy levels which can create tension if you’re not equipped for it! The following three tips will help make things easier.
Modern Recruiting Tips Every Recruiter Should Consider
Be professional, but not too formal
Professionalism is synonymous with a presentation. Whether this is in the preference of clothes or how office spaces are set up, well-organized appearances give a sense of calm ideal for interview scenarios. A study done by a team of researchers from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands revealed a correlation between interior office space and employee wellbeing.
Although the researchers concluded that more studies are required to establish a strong link between organized office spaces and psychological well-being, the study’s related research and literature point to general wellbeing and more organized office spaces having a direct relationship.
An interviewer or recruiters’ ability to measure another individual’s capability to handle and tolerate the stresses of the job role rely on them being neutral. Calm and organized office spaces give clarity of mind that allows recruiters to assess more accurately.
Here are ways to show your professionalism to the candidate.
- Be professional and concise: do not prolong the conversation unnecessarily.
- Communicate in a clear, calm tone to assure that your nonverbal communication is congruent with what you are saying verbally. This will ensure that your words have their desired effect on the candidate (to attract them).
- Make eye contact when appropriate to show empathy for a subject or idea that may be difficult for someone to discuss openly. It also reinforces trustworthiness by demonstrating confidence in yourself as an interviewer/recruiter and instilling comfortability within the interviewee/candidate. This helps build rapport effectively because it is more likely they will open up about any concerns they might have had during past interviews which enables you to ask relevant questions based on the candidate’s needs.
Communicate clearly and concisely with the candidate in the process.
Effective communication is vital. It allows you to be clear in what is expected from the candidate, and it helps ensure that the candidate has a full understanding of your company’s needs, culture, and goals for them as an employee.
This kind of dialogue will also help build rapport with the potential hire, which will allow for better communication later on when they are actually working within your organization.
Here are a few tips for having effective communication:
- Be professional at all times and present yourself in a manner that is appealing to the candidates.
- Always communicate clearly with your candidates by responding to question quickly and providing them with as much information needed to make their decision without giving too much away so they don’t get overwhelmed with choices or see everything before making their decisions (i.e., specific benefits).
- Make sure you maintain professionalism throughout the recruitment process, even after you have gained trust from the candidate and they have accepted your position offer.
- Showing enthusiasm and interest in the candidate, not only during but also before and after the process – a friendly note or email is always nice to send following up on someone you interviewed with for your company.
- When you show this type of extra care for the candidate, they are more likely to stay connected with your company and refer other qualified individuals.
Effective Non-Verbal Communication
It is important to show your nonverbal communication before and after an interview because it may affect their decision in deciding whether or not they want to work for you/the company.
As a recruiter, there are many reasons why someone would decide this so if you have communicated poorly with them during the process then that will be one of the factors on their list which may make them feel like they do not want to go through with interviewing any further or even considering the position being offered at all.
Showing empathy throughout your conversation also makes sure that nothing was missed when asking questions about past experiences as well as future goals, desired salary range, etc., thus making sure that no information gets lost in translation and that the candidate feels confident and comfortable throughout the process.
Lastly, you need to be able to pick up on non-verbal communication that may happen during an interview because this will also affect a potential hire’s decision in accepting or declining your offer. So being vigilant of things like eye contact, body language, etc., is something you should always keep in mind when interviewing someone for either a current position as well as future positions with their company.
What are some of the non-verbal communication that you should watch for as a recruiter?
Eye contact, body language, and facial expressions. These are some of the biggest non-verbal communication that will affect your candidate’s decision on whether or not they want to work with your company in the future. Non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal when interviewing someone so is sure to keep an eye out for these things!
In closing, working as a recruiter for a startup can be tricky sometimes. It’s important to keep in mind that it is still your responsibility to provide the candidate you are interviewing with everything they need to make their decision on whether or not this position would be beneficial for the long-term and short-term.
You never know when someone will decide to accept or decline an offer, so being vigilant of things like eye contact, body language, etc., is something you should always keep in mind when interviewing someone for either a current position as well as future positions with their company. No matter what the company environment may be, ensuring that you present yourself professionally before each interview is key; communicate effectively and clearly during interviews with candidates is essential too!