Top 10 Mistakes Recruiters Make: #1 Failing to develop candidate relationships

Candidate relationships

By: Brandy Ford, Senior Recruiter and Consultant

If you’re a job seeker, take note. I’m going to let you on the “inside” of how great recruiters think and work to find you a job. If you are a recruiter, it’s time to step up your game. In this series I’ll be discussing the top 10 mistakes most recruiters make on a daily basis, and how to stop this cycle to ensure maximum results for your clients. You may have been in this industry for decades and think you have it all figured out when it comes to knowing your candidates, but we’ve all been taken aback by a candidate not working out and wondered – what could I have done differently that might have prevented this?

Common Mistake #1: Failing to develop relationships with your candidates.

It’s imperative to open up and get to know the person you’re trying to place into a direct hire opportunity. Getting to know someone who really wants a job, and wants to put their best foot forward isn’t hard to do; and it’s especially not hard to do within a time frame of 4-8 weeks, the typical life cycle of a direct hire. Knowing that your candidate likes to dig for gold on the weekends in Colorado is far more important that the last time your candidate was laid off from a job. We as recruiters need to focus more on the whole person, not just the candidate’s hard skills in business.

Check back next week for Common Mistake #2: Failing to check references.

CEG Partners is experienced in consulting, executive recruiting and technical recruiting. Our recruiting practice includes – IT recruiting, IT staffing, Telecom staffing, as well as sourcing IT consultants for many of our clients. Our consulting practice includes – Program Management, Six Sigma (and Lean Six Sigma), LTE (Long Term Evolution), Customer Experience, Customer Retention, Process Improvement, Customer Loyalty, and Employee Surveys.

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