As a recruiter, joining any new company is always a challenge. Understanding the company’s ins and outs is critical to a recruiter’s success. When I joined Ellicium, it was a whole new experience for me. Ellicium, a company that deals in the niche market of Big Data, Data Science, and Machine learning, was very different from my previous company. This allowed me to grow and learn about recruiting and the wonders of Big Data and Machine Learning. Although the learning process was long and arduous, it is gratifying.
A personal eye-opening moment for me was when my senior and I worked together to screen and shortlist potential candidates for Ellicium. I witnessed him breezing through the resumes, pinpointing which candidates fit the job profile. I was amazed at the speed at which he was working and asked him, “How do you know which candidates are suitable for the job?” he replied, “We always look for the right candidate instead of only the best candidate.”
As an exercise, I attend all technical interviews to learn all aspects of technical recruitment, like shortlisting, screening, and conducting interviews. Through my experiences, I have learned a few vital lessons from my seniors and colleagues about the qualities of a good recruiter. I would like to share some of my experiences through these points –
Empathy All candidates are different and unique in their own way. The recruiter must get to know the candidate and realize what motivates them. This is how to evaluate a person honestly and can only be done when the recruiter is empathetic with the candidate.
Understand the Role Requirements As a recruiter, you must understand the role you’re hiring for and know the key requirements for the specific position you are hiring for. This will help you identify the suitable candidates. In any company, Understanding the role you’re hiring is crucial for hiring the right candidate.
Should be Unbiased As a recruiter, many biases, such as social, cultural, or educational bias, can be present. These biases narrow a recruiter’s view of potential candidates and decrease the chance of hiring the right candidate. A good recruiter always looks at the bigger picture.
Be Good at Time Management A good Recruiter will often be working on a number of requirements. In recruiting, there are no good or bad experiences – just learning experiences in a short period of time. Sometimes certain roles may need to be prioritized due to a higher level of urgency to fill the position, so they must also be good at managing their time effectively.
Have Patience Things don’t often go according to the plan, and the recruiter must be patient if interviews need to be rescheduled or they need to find the right person in the first round. Though this can sometimes be frustrating, keeping your cool and professional about it is important.
Have an Approachable Demeanour Recruiters are regarded as the face of the company. All candidates view the company based on the first impression from the recruiters. Therefore, recruiters should be inviting and approachable to create a good rapport with the candidate. They must also promote the company.
Communication A good recruiter must always be a good communicator. Good communication will drastically decrease the chances for misinterpretation by the candidate. The candidates should be informed about his progress along the course of the interview to have a smooth recruiting process.
I have a renewed appreciation for the recruitment process by understanding these points. These few points have helped me understand what it means to be a good recruiter.
In today’s world, technology is advancing rapidly, and so is Ellicium. There is always something new to learn and an increasing chance for me to grow!