8 Tips for the Rookie Recruiter

· by Alicia Leary

Alicia is the Marketing Team Lead at HTI. She started her career with HTI in 2015 as a Sales Coordinator.
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In January, I completed my first full year of recruiting and had a successful first year.  Some of the tips that helped me become successful came from multiple people within my organization.  The best way to become successful as a recruiter is to learn from multiple recruiters and to adopt your own style.  Some tips that will help you in the beginning will also help you continually grow if you make them a habit early on.  With that being said, here are some of the tips that helped me become successful:

  1. Continuous Education.  Read articles, attend webinars, etc. because recruiting is always evolving.


  1. Use your resources.  Bounce ideas off other recruiters, ask them for advice, and don’t be afraid that you might sound stupid.  You’re not alone and someone else has more than likely been through the same situation.


  1. Don’t try to force a placement.  Whenever you really want something to work out and begin to force the situation, it will most likely fall through.


  1. Trust your gut.  Every recruiter I spent time with during training told me this statement.  If you have any sort of doubt about an issue, there is probably a reason for it.


  1. Follow-up is always key.  The one thing I learned early on, is that if you are not constantly talking to your candidates, then you will most likely lose them as a result. Always remain in contact with your candidates, whether it is an email or a phone call.


  1. Look for red flags.  When going through a candidate’s resume, always look for reasons why they might not be a fit so that you can resolve all your doubts during your conversation with them.  Just because a candidate looks perfect on paper does not necessarily mean they are actually a fit for that particular position.


  1. Candidate Control.  This is another very important piece of information when becoming a recruiter.  You need to establish control in the beginning with a candidate, with something as simple as giving them a timeline to complete an application.  If a candidate does not listen or do the things you ask, you will never be able to gain back that control and they will become a problem throughout the entire process.


  1. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.  The last tip that I can give is to not be afraid of making a mistake.  Every recruiter has been “burned” by a candidate and has made a mistake.  These mistakes will teach you more than any of your successes and you should always take a step back to learn from them.



Posted on behalf of blog writer, Alex Cochran