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7 Habits of a Successful Recruiter

Recruiting top talent is hard. Candidates have more power and options than ever. In a time when technology is everywhere, and people are used to getting instant feedback, it can be hard to attract the quality talent your organization is looking for and deserves. Competition is fierce. A day’s delay can mean losing the candidate to another company. 

A recruiter who successfully sources and hires top talent improves the performance of the organization. That’s why it’s so important to ensure your recruiters practice these seven core habits. 

  1. Communication is key – Everything a recruiter does is built on the foundation of communication. The modern candidate is looking for transparent and timely communication and feedback. Applicants want to know where they stand in the process. Transparency will earn you points with savvy candidates who appreciate the truth. Straightforward communication wins with your shortlist candidates, as well as the many more who will not get the job offer. 
  2. Stay ahead of the game – Stay on top of, and even ahead of, hiring and company specific industry trends. One of the habits of a successful recruiter is to watch what others are doing in their industry, which leads to better results. HCM technology has evolved dramatically in the past decade. Look for tools that are based on science and research, and that can accurately predict job performance. 
  3. Work smarter, not longer – Today, everyone relies on technology, including candidates. Successful recruiters meet their candidates where they are, and in a way that is convenient for them. Technology is not intended to replace a recruiter, but rather free up their time to focus on relationships, not tasks. Modern Hire’s hiring tools like candidate self-scheduling, on-demand, structured interviews, automated workflows, Automated Interview Scoring and Virtual Job Tryout® assessments have reduced the time-to-fill by as much as three weeks. 
  4. Ensure consistent, fair hiring – Organizations are increasingly focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Hiring processes need to uncover top talent, not obscure it. Modern Hire’s end-to-end hiring platform combines valid selection science with tools that deliver candidate data at every step. This helps recruiters demonstrate to hiring teams the importance of data in reducing bias in hiring. Modern Hire’s research-based technology has been proven to reduce bias by more than 70%. 
  5. Preparation – The most successful recruiters are prepared. A survey conducted of 200 active job seekers revealed that 75% of candidates can tell within the first few minutes of an interview that the interviewer isn’t prepared. In order to attract top talent, recruiters need to ask the right questions, provide a comfortable pace and demonstrate a basic understanding of their background. If you try to wing it, candidates will see right through you. 
  6. Treat candidates like customers – A candidate’s hiring experience often translates into their consumer impression of your brand. Every candidate should be treated like your customer. You want candidates to remain loyal regardless of whether they were hired. Modern Hire’s on-demand screening and assessment tools allow the candidate to interact at their convenience and showcase job-relevant skills. In fact, 98% of candidates who use Modern Hire report a satisfying experience.  
  7. Show me the numbers – When recruiters already feel like they don’t have enough time in the day, it can be overwhelming to think about data. Having recruiting metrics and understanding your organization’s hiring data will give you important insight into what’s working and what areas need improvement. Modern Hire’s hiring technology captures, structures and analyzes data at every step in the process so that you don’t have to crunch the data, just keep track of it. 

Following these habits of a successful recruiter will help you improve your candidate experience and attract top talent. Modern Hire’s intelligent hiring platform creates an efficient, effective, ethical and engaging hiring experience to help you work better and smarter.